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What We’re Reading – Education and Health Edition

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
August 8, 2014
As we prepare for our Education and Health Equity: Everybody in Nobody Out forum next week we'd like to share some articles and reports that have helped us better understand the intersection of education and community health.

We've included some highlights below, and you can click hear to view the full reading list. Also, be sure to check out our recent blog post, Money, Power, and Resources: The Struggle for Health and Education Justice. If you’re interested in learning more, we hope you’ll join us for the forum!


The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve: Research-based Proposals to Strengthen Elementary and Secondary Education In the Chicago Public Schools

“Every student in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) deserves to have the same quality education as the children of the wealthy. This can happen, but only if decision-makers commit to providing research-based education that is fully-funded and staffed in an equitable fashion throughout the city.”
Chicago Teachers Union, February 2012

Death By A Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage
“Closing a school is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to a community; it strikes at the very core of community culture, history, and identity, and… produces far-reaching repercussions that negatively affect every aspect of community life. It has been nothing short of devastating to the health and development of many of our children and youth, has put a strain on our families, has contributed to the destabilization and deterioration of our communities, has undermined many good schools and effective school improvement efforts, has destroyed relationships with quality educators, and has contributed to increased community violence.”
Journey For Justice Alliance, May 2014

Educational Attainment as a Social Determinant of Health
“Unfortunately, our system of mass public education does not work equally well for everyone. Those with poor academic performance are likely to have lower educational attainment. This in turn decreases upward mobility and affects a person’s health status.”
North Carolina Medical Journal, October 12, 2012

Differences In Life Expectancy Due To Race And Educational Differences Are Widening, And Many May Not Catch Up
“We found that in 2008 US adult men and women with fewer than twelve years of education had life expectancies not much better than those of all adults in the 1950s and 1960s. When race and education are combined, the disparity is even more striking.”
Health Affairs, August 2012