The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a new policy brief titled “Connections Between Education and Health.”
Health and education are areas of significant focus for Ohio policymakers, representing the largest shares of Ohio’s biennial budget for state fiscal years (SFY) 2016-17. Among the 971 bills introduced in the 131st General Assembly between January 1, 2015, and November 4, 2016, 42% were related to health and/or education. This brief provides an overview of the relationship between education and health.
“There is widespread agreement that factors outside of the health care system influence health,” according to the brief. “Research consistently shows a strong relationship between educational attainment and health, even after accounting for factors such as income, race, ethnicity, and access to health care.”
In conjunction with the release of the policy brief, HPIO also has created an online resource page, intersections between education and health, which will be continually updated throughout 2017.
Later this year, HPIO plans to release a series of fact sheets discussing specific policy recommendations to improve health and educational outcomes in Ohio.