Health Outcomes in Philadelphia Worsening
An annual report published by Philadelphia’s Department of Health found that health outcomes in the city of Philadelphia are falling behind other major cities, citing racial inequity and poverty as significant factors. In 2019, increases in poor health behaviors, drug overdoses and homicides contributed to a decline in life expectancy in Philadelphia, especially for black males. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading causes of death, disproportionately affecting people of color. However, the report also showed some promising improvements with declines in smoking and consumption of sugary beverages.