IHME’s much anticipated new estimates of life expectancy by county for the United States will be released at Health Journalism 2012: The 14th Annual Conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists to be held April 19-22 in Atlanta, GA.

The conference, co-sponsored by IHME, will attract more than 500 health journalists along with members of leading research institutions, health care organizations, and government agencies.

On Thursday, April 19, 2:30-4:15, IHME Professor Ali Mokdad will release results from the only county-by-county assessment of life spans in the United States. Health Journalism 2012 attendees will have an exclusive first look at which counties experience the longest life spans and which are falling behind.

Journalists will be able to draw from the data, maps, and graphics to write stories about their own communities.

IHME gave reporters a glimpse of its life expectancy work at the Health Journalism 2010 conference in Chicago. After those preliminary estimates were later published in Population Health Metrics in June 2011, news organizations across the country and around the world published stories on the findings.

At Health Journalism 2012, IHME will be updating the county estimates with two additional years of data, giving local news organizations the opportunity to track a quarter century of health outcomes in their communities for both women and men. 

During the conference, IHME will also be on hand as an exhibitor to discuss our fellowship programs, recent research projects, and the upcoming launch of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010. Please come talk to us at our booth!