Goal: Help people earn steady incomes that allow them to meet their health needs.

In the United States, 1 in 10 people live in poverty,1 and many people can’t afford things like healthy foods, health care, and housing. Healthy People 2030 focuses on helping more people achieve economic stability.

People with steady employment are less likely to live in poverty and more likely to be healthy, but many people have trouble finding and keeping a job. People with disabilities, injuries, or conditions like arthritis may be especially limited in their ability to work. In addition, many people with steady work still don’t earn enough to afford the things they need to stay healthy.

Employment programs, career counseling, and high-quality child care opportunities can help more people find and keep jobs. In addition, policies to help people pay for food, housing, health care, and education can reduce poverty and improve health and well-being.

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References

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Semega, J., Kollar, M., Creamer, J., Mohanty, A. (2019). Income and Poverty in the United States [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2019/demo/p60-266.pdf