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Policy Center Notes - SEPTEMBER 2012

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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2012 POLICY CENTER Notes Robert Wood Johnson Foundation www.meharryhealthpolicy.org Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College Health Policy News Better Education Equals Healthier Lives The connection between education and healthier lives is a strong one, according to the National Prevention Strategy series. College graduates live about five years longer than those who didn't finish high school. Those who have that additional four years of education after high school reduce their risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and smoking. The series also found that education affects the health of future generations. The infant mortality rate for high school dropouts is nearly double that of women who graduated college. Go online for the full story: http://blog. rwjf.org/publichealth/2012/08/28/ better-educationhealthier-lives/ Decline in U.S. Preterm Birth Rate A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds the nation's preterm birth rate has dropped to less than 12 percent. Also, according to the report, full-term births increased 11 percent from 2006-2010. The increase in full-term births is important because babies born before 39 weeks—even those born just a few weeks early—have higher rates of death and disease. Go online for the full article: http:// www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/ nvsr61_01.pdf Summer Institute participants along with Daniel Howard, PhD and David Williams, PhD (mid-center row, left and right respectively) during the week of June 4-8, 2012. SCHOLAR Spotlight Inaugural Summer Institute on Health Policy at Meharry Draws National Scholars The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College celebrated the success of the first annual Summer Institute on Health Policy—four weeks of intensive, accelerated coursework on topics related to health policy and the social sciences, this year drawing more than 100 students and faculty from nine different universities across the nation. Held on the campus of Meharry Medical College from May 29 to June 22, students participated in health policy presentations and discussions led by an impressive faculty of nationally renowned health policy scholars. The universities represented included Meharry, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, the University of New Mexico, California State University, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 1

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