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Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration Between Health and Education to Improve Population Health: Workshop Summary


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Literature has consistently identified education as a major factor contributing to health disparities in the United States by geography or demographic characteristics. A diverse body of research has established educational status as a major predictor of health outcomes, examined how health impacts the ability of students to learn, and how life expectancy for people without a high school education, particularly white women, is decreasing. To understand the complex relationships between education and health and explore how this understanding could inform our nation’s investments and policies, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a public workshop in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2014. The workshop featured a number of presentations and discussions examining how the health and education sectors can work more effectively to achieve improvements in both health and education outcomes.

Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration Between Health and Education to Improve Population Health summarizes the discussions that occurred during the workshop, highlighting the key lessons presented as well as opportunities for addressing the disparities in education that negatively impact health. The summary includes a review of the evidence for why educational attainment is crucial for improving population health, some approaches for restructuring the nation’s investments in health and education, and examples of collaborations at the state- and local-level between health and education sectors.