Over 50 percent of premature deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to preventable non-medical factors, specifically behavioral, environmental, and social conditions. Life expectancy can vary as much as 25 years in communities only a few miles apart. Through its work in areas such as affordable housing, neighborhood quality, and safety, the community development field reduces the need for many high-cost health care interventions, improving the triple bottom line—better care for more people at a more efficient cost.
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