Education empowers and equips individuals and communities for successful and healthy lives. Increased education often leads to better working conditions, health insurance, wages, and access to resources that promote better health outcomes.1In fact, studies show that there is a direct correlation between education attainment and health outcomes.
Individuals with more education live longer, healthier lives than those with less education. College educated people are likely to live nine years longer than non high school educated counterparts and better-educated individuals are less likely to have chronic illness like heart disease or diabetes.
What It Means
Educational equity leads to health equity. Education attainment influences health disparities by creating access to economic and social resources and developing skills and personality traits that improve health.
Unfortunately, educational opportunities are not the same across regions, perpetuating existing variations in health.
These differences in health outcomes include length of life, chronic illness, and other diseases.
Like many of the elements of a healthy community, increasing access to education for all increases access to better health for all.
Why It Matters
Education helps reinforce a community’s ability to bounce back from crisis. Higher education strengthens community resilience by increasing citizen knowledge, skills, and experience that will equip them for crisis.These institutions are helping make communities more resilient by creating social services, economic growth, community capital improvements, and community preparedness.1These specific outcomes combined with the improved health that education creates; all contribute to strengthening community response to adverse events.
Live Well Arizona is a continually evolving website and will grow with your input. Help us identify, lift up, and celebrate efforts that help Arizonans be healthier and live well.
Look here for statistics, analysis strategies, resources and best practices from across the country.
Alliance for Excellent Education
Communities in Schools
Community Guide – Health Equity: Expanded In-School Learning Time
Schools & Health – Impact of Education on Health
The Education Trust
Education Policy and Regulation
National Education Association
Stand for Children
United States Department of Education
Institute for Educational Leadership
National Center for Community Schools
Arizona Resources: Local Spotlight
Looking to start, or engage in a conversation about Educational Opportunities and how you can contribute? Here are connectors, conveners, advocates and actors to bring to the table.
Education Policy and Regulation
Arizona Department of Education
Arizona Education Association
Children’s Action Alliance – K12 Education
Rodel Foundation of Arizona
The Arizona We Want – Education Progress Meter
Arizona Educational Foundation
College Success Arizona
Expect More Arizona
Helios Education Foundation
First Things First – Quality First
Stand for Children – Arizona
Connect with Educational Opportunities efforts-in-progress, and the partners who are helping to make them happen:
Arizona Venture Fund for Quality Education:
Unites several education-based funds managed by Arizona Community Foundation to invest in collaborative solutions, reform initiatives, and scholarships. Focus areas include school district reform, early literacy, STEM education, and advocacy.
Tucson Steps to Success:
A partnership between Tucson Unified School District and the City of Tucson Office of the Mayor to locate and reintroduce students to the academic setting in order to obtain a high school diploma.
A campaign led by the Arizona School Board Association encouraging individual school board members and school districts to identify the gaps that prevent Arizona children from receiving equitable, educational opportunity.
Led by the Achieve60AZ Alliance, Achieve60AZ seeks to ensure that 60% of Arizonans 25 and older have a certificate or college degree by 2030.
Get a bird’s eye view of efforts from around the country that can be an inspiration and reference point for Arizona-based work:
The New York City Community Schools Initiative:
A city wide initiative to re-imagine schools as community hubs where students receive academic instruction, families access social services, and communities gather to address their common challenges.