When It Comes to Health, Environment Remains a Major Factor - Higher Education: WASHINGTON — The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is an achievement Americans can be proud of. Making sure that all our brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren, have proper health insurance makes us a stronger, more prosperous nation.
Amid this important change, however, we cannot ignore the work that remains to be done, especially in communities of color. Insurance cards are not enough.
To become a society with better health — not just better health coverage — we must also look at the role “place” plays in the lives of minority communities.
Where we live, work and play is surprisingly predictive of life span. Within the city of Boston, for instance, people in some census tracts live 33 years less than those in nearby tracts. In Bernalillo County, N.M., the difference is 22 years.