Public invited to learn more about why U.S. life expectancy is declining

October 09, 2019

Over the past three years, the average life expectancy for Americans has been on the decline.  The public is invited to learn about the reasons behind this, and what can be done to promote what UCI Health public health expert Dr. Cynthia Haq calls health equity in Orange County and the United States.

The free one-hour lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at the Newport Beach Central Library.

Since 2017, the average age expectancy at birth has dropped from 78.7 years to 78.6 years, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lecture will be presented by Haq, clinical professor and chair of the UCI Health Department of Family Medicine, who will discuss this decline, infant mortality and life expectancy, as well as causes of death.

Haq will also talk about what factors determine health outcomes, like social and economic determinants, as well as universal health care access.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

The Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Learn more about the 2019-2020 Medicine in Your Backyard lecture series at the Newport Beach Public Library here.


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