Americans have grown accustomed to seeing our life expectancies grow longer, year in and year out. Surprisingly, average life expectancy has declined each year for the past three, a trend not seen in the U.S. since World War I, over a hundred years ago. This is a crisis that must be addressed in our daily lives, within our communities
Factors include homelessness, opioid abuse, addiction, suicidal ideation, food insecurity, domestic violence, elder social isolation, PTSD, racism, gender identity issues, depression, anxiety, bullying, obesity and chronic diseases. Collectively these are known as “Social Determinants of Health”.