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BC-US-MED--Life Expectancy,ADVISORY, US

December 14, 2018

After decades of steady increases, U.S. life expectancy has been declining since 2014. What plays a role in life expectancy? And are there lessons to be learned somewhere in the U.S.?

The Associated Press is offering a package that explores trends in life expectancy. It includes a dataset on life expectancy in more than 65,000 census tracts that can be used for localized content. AP members should have received an email with a link to the data. News organizations in need of access should email datateam@ap.org; include a contact’s name, the organization’s name and an email address.

Here are the AP’s coverage plans:

SENT FRIDAY, DEC. 14, FOR USE AFTER 3 A.M., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 (INCLUDING TUESDAY MORNING PRINT EDITIONS):

LIFE EXPECTANCY-THE WAY DOWN

MADISON, W.Va. — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, there’s one state that offers clues about what’s happening: West Virginia. Public health problems such as drug overdoses, suicides and obesity became widespread in the state before the rest of the country. There are some signs of hope, including programs to battle diabetes and encourage exercise. But health problems abound. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 2,300 words. AP Photos WVTE201-210.

LIFE EXPECTANCY-NEIGHBORHOODS

NEW YORK — Researchers have long said that health disparities are heavily influenced by where you live. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics show just how much your neighborhood can impact the length of your life. The Associated Press analyzed life expectancy and demographic data for 65,662 census tracts, which are geographic areas that generally encompass 1,200 to 8,000 residents. The AP found that certain demographic qualities — high rates of unemployment, low household income, a concentration of black or Native American residents and low rates of high school education — affected life expectancy in most neighborhoods. By Nicky Forster. SENT: 450 words.

DATA:

The Associated Press has distributed census tract-level data to help members localize this story. If your news organization has signed up to receive AP’s data distributions, you can find the data at https://data.world/associatedpress/local-life-expectancy-at-birth

To enroll in AP data distributions, email APDigitalSales@ap.org.

An interactive that can be zoomed in for localization is available to data distribution and interactives customers through data.world and via advisories to members subscribed to AP interactives.

CONTACTS:

For questions about the package, contact Jonathan Poet at jpoet@ap.org. For data questions, contact AP data journalist Meghan Hoyer at mhoyer@ap.org.

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