Educational attainment and academic achievement are directly linked to how long and how well people live. As educators, you are trusted advocates for youth and adult learners, and natural leaders for collaborative efforts to improve the long-term health of your community.
All of us have a role to play in raising awareness about the many factors that affect our health and the health of our communities. As an education leader, you are uniquely positioned to help your community use the County Health Rankings as a call to action, informing community members about the connection between education and health. Think of this as a user’s guide to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which can help you mobilize your community to take specific action steps so all residents can be healthy.
Lifelong health habits, such as good nutrition, physical fitness and stress management, are developed in childhood. Moreover, the relationship between more education and improved health outcomes is well known, with years of formal education correlating strongly with improved work and economic opportunities, reduced psychosocial stress, and healthier lifestyles. Working in collaboration with leaders in public health, health care, business, and local non-profits, educators can make an incredible impact on the current and future health of their communities.