Socioeconomic factors such as education, occupation, and income, can affect a person’s or populations’ health. Low income populations have a higher rate of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and depression. Additionally, they are less likely to exercise regularly and smoke. Lower income populations may be unhealthier at birth and throughout life.
One of the goals of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network is to determine if there is a relationship between these health outcomes and behaviors, and the environment in which these populations live.