The level of education is used as an indicator of an individual’s socioeconomic status. There is a suggested link between the level of education, the extent of disease damage, and mortality rate. Higher education levels are associated with less damage in contrast to a low level of education that is linked to unemployment. Unemployment means a lack of money, therefore limited access to healthcare in countries like the United States and many other where healthcare is closely related to your income. African Americans have been linked to high school dropout rates, hence having poor economic status and having increased mortality rates in this group.