Friday, September 21, 2012

about the shrinking life expectancy of less-educated US whites

Because it's the New York Times, you should expect a failure to analyze the role of class in Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites in U.S. Is Shrinking, but the data's interesting. They note:
The steepest declines were for white women without a high school diploma, who lost five years of life between 1990 and 2008, said S. Jay Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the lead investigator on the study, published last month in Health Affairs. By 2008, life expectancy for black women without a high school diploma had surpassed that of white women of the same education level, the study found. White men lacking a high school diploma lost three years of life. Life expectancy for both blacks and Hispanics of the same education level rose, the data showed.
Black poverty is more urban, which probably translates to better health care than the rural poor get.


  1. Interesting. Over at Politywonk, she ties this article into the UUA's history, which includes an active campaign at one time to shut down small, less prosperous congregations.

    The less affluent "...are still the folks who make us uncomfortable, and race does not define them. They are not the objects of occasional charity, but neighbors who need consistent and unequal engagement from our best selves. Our growth will always keep us ahead of their growth. But if we do not connect with them — when we cut those social ties to local parish — we get what these scientists are describing: a group which is actively falling behind in the raw statistics of life and death."