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HealthConnections: Life Expectancy in Tennessee

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Life expectancy is a key measure for assessing the health of a population and reflects a myriad of factors related to health and healthcare, such as nutrition and access to health care. It also affects what we call the social drivers of health, the conditions in which we live, work, and play, and our standard of living. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and Dr. Marianne Wanamaker, Executive Director for the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, discuss life expectancy and its links to health and economic growth.

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BNH = black, non-hispanic
WNH = white, non-hispanic
BA= bachelors degree

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Dr. Marianne Wanamaker (left) and Dr. Carole Myers (right) record HealthConnections at the WUOT studios.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director, as well as host of All Things Considered. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In 2019, she returned to the station as the local host for All Things Considered.