United Way Michigan Report Points to Impact of Income Disparities on Health and Well-Being of Low Income Families
A new study published by the United Way organizations has provided even stronger evidence that the declining economic status of working families in Michigan is impacting their ability to meet basic needs. This has tremendous implications for population health — not simply whether someone is able to afford disease prevention and health promotion activities — but whether they can afford water service, healthy food options, a house or apartment in a safe place, transportation. Income, alone, doesn’t determine one’s health and well-being, but it certainly is a major determinant. And the trend is going the wrong way.