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What Works News Round-Up – August 13, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

The Washington Post (8/12/15) Black Poverty Differs From White Poverty
The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It’s more isolating and concentrated. It extends out the door of a family’s home and occupies the entire neighborhood around it, touching the streets, the schools, the grocery stores.

The Atlantic (8/9/15) The Transportation Barrier
Many low-income people in urban and suburban areas struggle to find reliable transportation. The result is missed appointments and poor illness management, even when care is readily available.

The Atlantic (8/9/15) More Kids, More Problems
It seems that America’s biggest nurseries are failing at their job. Those “nurseries”—the states with the largest-growing youth populations—tend to produce the worst outcomes for kids, judged by such measures as high-school graduation, access to health insurance, and exposure to poverty.

The New York Times (8/8/15) What Do The Poor Need? Try Asking Them
To improve poor neighborhoods, the people who live there must have a hand in deciding their own fate. That approach works well in Houston, where one program has enabled hundreds of thousands of poor residents, many of them immigrants, to move up the ladder of economic and educational opportunity each year. It’s a strategy that can — and should — be implemented nationwide.

Brookings Social Mobility Memos (8/7/15) Taking Culture Seriously
With so many households in America facing destitution and inequality, talk of a “cultural” dimension to poverty may sound like blaming the victim. But as William Julius Wilson and others have argued, we should not flinch from examining the culture of poverty. Neighborhood behavior norms, expectations in a community about the future, and personal values and attitudes can all limit a person’s prospects for upward mobility.

Health Affairs (8/6/15) Defeating The ZIP Code Health Paradigm: Data, Technology, And Collaboration Are Key
Mobile technology will serve as a powerful equalizer in the very communities that are disproportionately impacted by chronic disease — 84 percent of low-income adults have access to a mobile phone, and one in three mobile phone owners report having used their phone to look up health information. Thanks to unrelenting advances in portable technology, we can now provide the tools to empower communities and their residents to create their own sustainable changes in health-related behaviors.

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