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Shortened Lifespan of Unemployed White Women Highlights Need for Community-Based Health Systems

Released: 5/31/2013 8:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: Cornell University
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Arun Karpur, physician and researcher at the Employment & Disability Institute at Cornell’s ILR School in New York City, commends on a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior that links joblessness among the least educated white women to a shortened lifespan.

Karpur says:

“What is striking of these findings is that employment, independent of self-rated health, continues to be an important predictor of mortality among non-Hispanic white women.

“These findings point to a crucial health policy-related challenge: providing access to high quality clinical and public health services for individuals who are out of labor market in the United States. Further, the current healthcare systems are geared to treat diseases rather than keeping people healthy. Community-based public health systems also need to be built up to ensure equitable access to live a healthy life.”

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