By Lauren Worth / <a href="otherwords.org/how-local-communities-can-tackle-the-death-gap/">OtherWords</a>
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
Rich Americans are much more likely to live into their 70s or 80s than poor Americans, new research shows.
The new report from the Government Accountability Office, commissioned by Senator Bernie Sanders, shows how wealth inequality translates to lower life expectancy for working Americans.
Sanders and others have offered a number of federal proposals to reverse these trends — from canceling student debt to a wealth tax on multi-millionaires. But what can local communities do to close the death gap on their own?
One idea is to leverage the resources of big local institutions like hospitals and universities, which are often the largest employers in their communities. When these institutions confront economic disparities outside their walls, real change can happen.
A hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is doing just that by addressing predatory payday lending in the city.
Payday loans are taken out against a future paycheck and are typically used to cover necessities like rent, food, and utilities. This booming industry drains more than $240 million each year from Louisiana workers’ pockets, according to the Louisiana Budget Project.