ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The first of five policy briefs centered around a health and well-being study of African Americans was released Wednesday, according to Washington University in St. Louis.
The release was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28.
Titled "How Can We Save Lives - and Save Money - in St. Louis? Invest in Economic and Educational Opportunity," the brief emphasizes the need for a multi-faceted path focusing on education and economic opportunities for local African-Americans. It is part of a larger study called "For the Sake of All: A Report on Health and Well-Being of African Americans in St. Louis."
Local data was compiled over several decades of studies. It shows in 2011, approximately 16 percent of African American deaths were from poverty or little education, costing the region around $3.3 billion.
Click here to read the entire brief. To find out more about the study, visit ForTheSakeofAll.org.