Education’s Role In Improving Health (You & Your Health)

Arizona lawmakers are in special session working on a new school funding plan that would increase the education budget by $3.5 billion dollars over the next 10 years. It would also settle a long-running school funding lawsuit.

According to AZcentral.com:

“Republican legislative leaders, Gov. Doug Ducey and education officials agreed to the plan, which would increase K-12 funding by $3.5 billion over the next decade. It needs legislative approval and then voter approval in what is expected to be a May special election.”

Below is a video from KNXV-TV in Phoenix on the plan, which could be voted on later today.

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Education is a strong predictor of future health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the infographic below that claims education not only leads to better jobs and income – but also to longer, healthier lives. In fact….it suggests that college graduates can expect to live at least five years longer than people who have not finished high school.

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In the most recent national health rankings released by the United Health Foundation, Arizona ranked 39th in high school graduation rates and our state ranks 48th in education-based health status disparities. The AzHHA Policy Agenda offers support for the funding plan and part of that support read –

Recent studies show there is a significant relationship between educational achievement and health status, including risk factors and disabilities. As such, policies that promote educational attainment, including adequate K-12 and post-secondary funding, are smart strategies for reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases in later years….In order to achieve a healthier Arizona, AzHHA supports policies that promote education, including adequate funding for K-12, community colleges and universities.

We talk a lot about our vision of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation, but we cannot reach that goal without understanding there is a deep connection between education and better health. Let us know what you think about the ties between education and health. We’d love to hear from you.

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