U.S. Life Expectancy Decreased by the Biggest Margin Since World War II

Institute Scholar Dr. Steven Woolf‘s recent study revealed that between 2018-2020 U.S. life expectancy dropped by a huge margin and disproportionately impacted Black and Hispanic populations, whose life expectancy’s fell by 3.2 and 3.9 years, respectively. Dr. Woolf’s insightful interview with PBS points to historical systemic racism, socioeconomic discrimination, and “the effect of decisions and policies society has produced that limit opportunities for good health among people of color.”