For more than a decade, the Greater Louisville Project has provided research and data analysis to catalyze civic action, particularly around three Deep Drivers of Change: Education, 21st Century Jobs, and Quality of Place. In our recently released Special Report on Health, it was no surprise to learn of the direct correlation and connection to Health and the three Deep Drivers.
- Evidence shows that healthier students achieve greater academic success and ultimately higher educational attainment.
- Research shows that a healthier workforce is more productive, has lower healthcare costs and makes Louisville more attractive for growth of 21st Century Jobs.
- Healthier residents promote and expect a greater quality of place.
When looking at Louisville’s Health Outcomes ranking – a combination of length of life and quality of life lived- placement of 10th among 15 cities means we have a lot of work to do to fully enjoy the positive results of health’s impact on education, jobs/income and our quality of place.
So many times, we talk about individual choice and healthcare mandates . . . but it is important to look closely at the programs, infrastructure, policies and behaviors in support of a healthier Louisville. We must remember that Health happens where we live, work and learn as we make decisions in our schools, businesses, and neighborhoods that influence change and direct better outcomes.
We recognize the work being done currently to build a healthier Louisville. Over the next several weeks, we will invite local leaders and passionate advocates to share their feedback to the GLP health report. We will continue the conversation and work to catalyze action to increase the momentum around Louisville’s agenda to become an even healthier city. We invite you to share your ideas for driving the greatest improvement in the health of our community.