Impact of select social and economic factors on health

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Discussions regarding health involve a number of variables, although diet and exercise may be the most prominent in popular press. Although both contribute to health, there may be other less publicized factors that have a large impact as well. Data from the 2010 Census, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were all used to explore the impact of some of these less publicized factors on health. Measures of health are difficult, but the premature death rate was used as a proxy for overall health. Variables that were used to make predictions of this measure of health included commute time, level of education, and percent of the population who are under the age of 65 and do not have health insurance. Linear models tell us one story and path models tell us a deeper, more meaningful story. Applications to public health policies will be discussed.


Presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association in Rochester, New York, April 26-27, 2019.

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