Workshop 8: Reducing Disparities in Life Expectancy

When: February 24, 2011 - February 25, 2011 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (Room 100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topic Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

This workshop explored and discussed factors that influence life expectancy and the role of prevention in influencing these factors, focusing specifically on racial and ethnic minorities and low income populations. The creation of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has ensured an increased focus on the role of prevention in promoting better health.

This workshop considered (a) the demographics of life expectancy in the United States, and the factors that affect life expectancy; (b) how underlying inequities affect life expectancy in the United States; (c) how we can improve life expectancy for all Americans with a "Health in all Policies" lens; and (d) the National Prevention Strategy and other federal efforts to address prevention.

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