Investing in community-based entrepreneurs to overcome health disparities

Photo of group planning meetingBy American Heart Association News

Community environments play an important role in health outcomes. People living just 5 miles apart can in some cases have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years due to factors such as economic stability, education, societal influences and health care.

“If we don’t address the economics of the situations that people live in, we’re not going to be able to effectively address health,” said Dr. Keith Churchwell, senior vice president and executive director at the Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center at Yale-New Haven Health in Connecticut and chair of the American Heart Association’s Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health Task Force.

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