Measuring the Impact of Health on Louisville’s Competitiveness
Health is linked—directly and indirectly—to the Deep Drivers of Change: Education, 21st Century Jobs, and Quality of Place. Healthier students achieve greater academic success and educational attainment. A healthier workforce is more productive, has lower healthcare costs, and makes Louisville more attractive for the growth of 21st Century Jobs. Healthier residents promote and expect a greater quality of place.
Conversely, education and income influence length of life and quality of health during life. For example, low educational attainment is among the root causes of poor health so maintaining community-wide focus on raising education attainment will result in not only more educated residents but healthier ones too.
For the first time, this report assesses the health of Louisville compared with the 14 cities that have long served as its competitive peers. It utilizes a framework provided by County Health Rankings, a project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropic organization devoted to public health.
To help identify Louisville’s most strategic health-related challenges, the Greater Louisville Project brought together an 18-member health advisory group, comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors. The inside pages of this report highlight these strategic challenges and present indicators the community can measure over time.