The drive down the Mountain Parkway from Lexington to Campton is only about an hour. It’s a beautiful drive, as the mountains of Kentucky come into view as you leave the Bluegrass. But hidden behind those beautiful views is one of our state’s most serious problems — profound differences in health, with disparities that are striking from the mountains to the Bluegrass.
These differences are starkly shown by a map released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and their colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University. The map shows life expectancy for Lexington in Fayette County is 78 years, but in Wolfe County, where Campton is, it is only 70 years of age.
How can this be?