Educational attainment is a top factor that influences one's quality of life, disregarding of race or socioeconomic status. With increased education yields higher paying jobs and a better way of life for not only individuals, but for families as well. The higher salaries associated with increased educational attainment can alleviate food insecurity, housing insecurity, which are microcosms of the bigger issue, health disparities.
Axiomatically so, educational attainment also plays a major role in promoting health. A highly educated lifestyle builds confidence, security, and puts the mind at ease, which is greatly beneficial to mental health. Generally speaking, a greater level of education is correlated with safer working conditions, higher wages, and better benefits. At the helm of such benefits is increased health insurance which gives a family freedom as to the doctors they visit, the medications they can afford, and being able to provide care during emergencies. Moreover, an increased education makes an individual more capable of making better, well-informed decisions about his or her health.
With this being said however, there is an unequal distribution of educational attainment. In fact, as the figures derived from the U.S Department of Education delineate, there has been a disparity of educational attainment dating back to 1996, and even before then. For groups of people to have less than a 20% chance of attaining a bachelor's degree is ultimately restricting not only their life successes, but their health as well. In order to resolve this issue, effective educational policies need to be implemented that keep youth in school and that provide funding for families to put their children through college so that they don't have to bear the burden of student loans.
Overall, education plays a monumental role on health. It is the trump card that is necessary to intuitively break cycles of multigenerational health disparities and promote social empowerment. Not only does pursuing a higher education promote the well-being of the individual, but of the family and community as well. In a community filled with highly educated people, a safer, healthier, and cohesive entity will be established.