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Education is a huge driver of population health outcomes. The Health of Wisconsin 2010 Report Card (http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/pha/healthiestState/reportCard/2010/reportCard.pdf#cover) grades the health of working age adults, and older adults, as an "A" if they have had "some college," but a "D" or "F" if they have had "high school or less."

It's crucial to health outcomes that we have strong and diversified investments in education, including early childhoold, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels; community colleges and technical colleges need to be part of that mix. The What Works document ( http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/pha/healthiestState/whatWorks.pdf, pages 18-19) lists several specific recommendations in this regard.

As an aside, it's interesting in this regard that WI will be allowing students at 4-year colleges to use their student IDs to vote, but will not allow the same for technical college students (http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/129695928.html).

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