Got a problem with profound health disparities among Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites? Just add education. That seems to be one lesson we learn from a just-released report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (based on data from the National Health Interview Survey): “Trends in Child Health 1997-2006: Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Low Birthweight.” The two charts below depict the percentages if children born with low birth weight by race/ethnicity. On left you see the general population. The right is the percentage of children with low birth weight in families in which householder/spouse earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher. A BA (or higher) makes the Blacks/Hispanics/Whites rates converge. Pretty dramatic. In a region suffering from superlative disparities, I think we have the data we need to justify major investments in higher ed accessibility and lifelong learning.