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What Works News Round-Up – July 24, 2015

by Admin

In the News

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

Health Affairs Blog (7/22/15) Housing is a Prescription for Better Health
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates a new imperative at federal, state, and local levels to cost-effectively meet the needs of newly covered homeless individuals, recognizing the inarguable link between health care and housing.

PBS NewsHour (7/21/15) Why Minority Kids Are Being Left Behind by the Economic Recovery
Child poverty is worse now than it was before the Great Recession, despite strides toward economic recovery. That’s according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which found that rates were most severe for African-American and Native American children.

HealthDay News (7/20/15) Poverty May Hinder Kids’ Brain Development, Study Says
Poverty appears to affect the brain development of children, hampering the growth of gray matter and impairing their academic performance, researchers report. Poor children tend to have as much as 10 percent less gray matter in several areas of the brain associated with academic skills, according to a study published July 20 in JAMA Pediatrics.

The Boston Globe (7/19/15) Fair Housing Creates Stronger Communities
It’s an open secret that race and socioeconomic status too often determine one’s ZIP code — and that neighborhood too often determines one’s access to opportunities. The federal government recognizes that de facto segregation is a national challenge, and at heart, a violation of the Fair Housing Act.

The New York Times (7/15/15) U.S. Program Will Connect Public Housing Residents to Web
The program is an extension of the president’s ConnectED initiative, which was announced in 2013. It aimed to link 99 percent of the students from kindergarten through 12th grade to high-speed Internet in classrooms and libraries over the next five years.

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