December 12th, 2013
On November 20th, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing, “Dying Young, Why Your Social and Economic Status May Be a Death Sentence in America,” which explored the troubling link between poverty, decreased life expectancy, and increased rates of chronic disease. The hearing featured testimony from authors who have recently published related work in Health Affairs.
The committee heard testimony from David Kindig, Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and Linda Berkman, Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Epidemiology. Their testimony highlighted a chart (see Exhibit 2) from Kindig’s Health Affairs research. Also testifying was Steven Woolf, Director of the Center on Society and Health and Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University. Others who testified at the hearing included Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute, Michael Reisch of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and Sabrina Schrader, a constituent from West Virginia who provided a heartfelt and compelling personal story detailing the impacts of poverty on health.Read the rest of this entry »