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Data shows that there are serious health inequities right here in our community. Mortality is just one example. While the highest life expectancy in the county—in Lincoln Township and Berrien Springs—is 86 years, the lowest—in Benton Harbor and Benton Township—is 67 years. This 19-year life expectancy gap occurs between places separated by as little as 15 miles.

To learn about this issue and others like it, you can start by gaining a strong understanding of health equity work or view our latest Community Health Needs Assessment, a comprehensive report that assesses the health status of the community and provides data on local priority health needs. You can also access more resources from other organizations engaged with this work on a national level.