Experts have long recognized that adults with a high school degree or less face significant health disparities compared with those who attended or completed college. The report shows worsening health for less-educated adults from all racial, ethnic, and geographic groups from 1997 to 2017. Further, report authors note that ending health disparities among the less-educated will take new investment in higher education and skill-building opportunities that allow more people to realize the health and economic benefits associated with more education.
About the Urban Institute
The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector. Visit the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center for more information specific to its staff and its recent research.