Issues

Health

Examining the intersection of poverty and health is critical to understanding the full impact of income inequality on overall well-being. The next few years could bring a major overhaul of the nation’s health care system. But poverty can affect a person’s health and well-being in ways that go beyond health care coverage. For example, some research links income disparity to stress or shows a correlation between neighborhood characteristics and health outcomes. Other studies have looked at the connection between poor health and financial security. This section offers links to key organizations that track developments and make recommendations in this important area. Below is a compilation of key research, news and opinion on health and poverty by experts in the field, policy-makers and the media.