Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies –September 2011
Available online PDF [44p.] at: http://bit.ly/nFtQo9
“……..Place matters for health. Research by the Joint Center and others has consistently shown that neighborhood characteristics, often referred to as social determinants of health, such as the quality of schools, access to quality health care and nutritious foods, and exposure to environmental hazards, have a significant impact on how long one lives. Residents of neighborhoods that have poor and underfunded schools, limited access to quality health care and nutritious foods, and high levels of exposure to environmental hazards will, on average, live substantially shorter lives than residents of neighborhoods that don’t suffer from these characteristics.