Worlds Apart 2.0: Gaps in Life Expectancy in Central Indiana

The Polis Center   (Indianapolis)

August 2021

In 2015, the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) and The Polis Center published an issue brief, Worlds Apart: Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area,  that brought to light a 14+ year gap in life expectancy between the longest and shortest living communities in Central Indiana. Because of the significant interest and community discussion that the report generated, we have collaborated to update our analysis. We will see which communities gained or lost life expectancy over a 10-year span (prior to COVID-19), and we'll compare life expectancy at different ages across the life course to see how patterns differ.

On August 26, 2021 SAVI Talks event, we will also share key findings from our deep dive with SAVI data examining underlying social factors and life expectancy in Central Indiana communities. Join us to be informed and help spur community action--because everyone deserves the opportunity for a long and healthy life.