Educational Opportunity

Bethesda, MD
United States

Child Trends will develop a data visualization that illustrates the relationship between educational opportunity and life expectancy for adolescents and young adults for the first time. By linking USALEEP data with educational data, the team will be able to examine a crucially important social determinant of health and communicate its implications for life expectancy.

Child Trends will produce a single-page web narrative to illustrate the relationship between educational opportunities and youth life expectancy. It will feature a detailed interactive map of the US that juxtaposes community life expectancies and educational opportunities at individual high schools, as well as a narrative around key findings and counterfactuals.

This data visualization will clarify for education officials the potential long-term health implications of gaps in educational opportunity. It will also provide them a powerful tool for engaging health advocates in efforts to build political will for increasing investment in schools and pursuing educational equity.

This project demonstrates a strong cross-sector approach to examining health equity that will be relevant to other communities interested in pursuing similar approaches.

All final tools and resources using USALEEP data will be made available in summer 2020.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action