07/16/2013 03:14 pm ET Updated Jul 16, 2013

Why We Need To Treat America's Poorest Neighborhoods Like Developing Countries


The average life expectancy in Japan right now, home to one of the healthiest, longest-living populations in the world, is about 83 years. That's four years longer than in the United States, a decade longer than in much of North Africa, and as many as 30 years longer than some war-torn parts of the world like Sierra Leone.

These global patterns are well-known, but we seldom look at our own communities in the same way.

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