Health is about more than health care. Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office—in our schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. The 2012 County Health Calculator, an interactive app developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Human Needs, uses education and income to illustrate how these factors outside the health care system may affect our health.
Low education rates and inadequate income contribute to premature death, chronic disease, and spending on medical care. Prioritizing education and economic opportunity is an important strategy to save lives, improve health, and reduce spending on avoidable illnesses.
This app can help you understand—and demonstrate—how education and income affect health. Here’s how it works: