The Price We Pay: The longevity of working-age Americans
Wednesday, Nov. 24 2021
Editor's note: This show originally aired Aug. 31, 2021.
In another deep dive in WFAE’s health care series The Price We Pay, Charlotte Talks looks at why working-age Americans have been dying at higher rates from drugs, alcohol poisoning, suicide and cardiovascular diseases from obesity. One of the many factors of these early deaths is a lack of education.
Americans with a bachelor’s degree are doing OK, but people without a bachelor’s degree are getting sicker. We sit down with experts and a medical professional to learn why having a bachelor’s degree can significantly impact a person's quality of life, how rural areas are affected and learn about a few resources available to community members.
Kathleen Mullan Harris, James E. Haar distinguished professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mark Holmes, professor for department of health policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jerome Englebert Williams Jr, senior vice president of consumer engagement at Novant Health