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About two weeks after she tested positive for COVID-19, Jessica Young of Huber Heights got a call from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County with a specific request. The stranger on the other end of the phone asked her to write down every person she had interacted with for the last two months.

“Anybody I had shaken hands with, sneezed around, sat next to more than 10 to 15 minutes,” she said. “Anybody I had deep conversations with that would keep me close to them for a long period of time.”  

Race- and Ethnicity-Adjusted Life Expectancy by Commuting Zone and Income Quartile, 2001-2014  Estimates of race- and ethnicity-adjusted expected age at death for 40-year-olds computed by commuting zone. The 595 commuting zones with populations above 25 0
Journal of the American Medical Association

This week, the American Medical Association published an extensive report affirming the relationship between poverty and life expectancy.

 

According to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, higher incomes are associated with greater longevity—that’s not necessarily new information, but they say there’s a gap of about 14 years life expectancy between the richest 1% and the poorest 1% of individuals.

 

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Health officials in Dayton are putting their support behind an HIV prevention drug out on the market.   

Once used to treat HIV positive individuals, the drug Truvada was approved by the Food and Drug Administration three years ago as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or 'preventative' medicine for people who are HIV negative.

Last year the Centers for Disease Control joined the FDA in their support, now, public health agencies doing the same. 

Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County

Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jim Gross has announced his retirement. The commissioner was appointed to the position with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County seven years ago and will retire early next year. 

“I’m very proud of the work that Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County does within our county,” Gross says. We provide leadership in many areas and help identify the greatest public health challenges, and then we work within our public health system to strategically meet those needs and also promote healthier lifestyles.”