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America’s Public Health Crisis: Declining Life Expectancy & its Systemic Causes
February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
On February 25, 2019, the Institute for Public Health Innovation will host a free webinar examining declining life expectancy trends in the U.S.
In 2018 the CDC released data revealing that U.S. life expectancy declined for the 3rd consecutive year. This is an unprecedented trend in modern society that cuts across demographics and multiple causes. This webinar will provide a nuanced and in-depth look at the data on declining life expectancy across racial-ethnic groups from a wide range of conditions and provide recommendations for policymakers in addressing some of the systemic causes.
Dr. Steven H. Woolf will provide insight from his recently published study that revealed midlife mortality rates in the U.S. have increased across all racial-ethnic populations from multiple causes including organ diseases and “deaths of despair.” His discussion will include an analysis of this historical progression that indicates midlife mortality rates among non-white populations equaled or even exceeded rates of white populations, offsetting years of progress in lowering mortality rates. He will also provide policy levers to reverse this trend.
Dr. Brian D. Smedley will speak to the systemic factors contributing to these racial and ethnic inequities in mortality. His discussion will focus on a prominent root cause, racial residential segregation and housing disparities. Dr. Smedley will discuss the history of residential segregation, demonstrate its link to racial health inequities, and recommend potential place and people-based policy interventions.
The webinar will also provide time for Q&A and discussion.
Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JdoRtvmhT1mIXfrwFHdRJA