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What Works News Round-Up – May 8, 2015

by Admin

In the News

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

Think Progress (5/8/15) Baltimore’s New Health Commissioner On How To Make The City Healthy
Nearly five months into her new job, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. has a tough road ahead of her.

The New York Times (5/8/15) Transportation Emerges As Crucial To Escaping Poverty
Commuting problems highlight a central theme for many low-income people trying to build a better life: A lack of reliable and efficient transportation is often a huge barrier.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog (5/5/15) Communities Creating Health: An Introduction
Health is the product of many behaviors, influences, and relationships that lie in the settings of everyday life, and yet most of our health spending goes to a health care industry narrowly focused on avoiding or treating disease.

CBS MoneyWatch (5/5/15) The Toughest City In America For Growing Up Poor
Children of low-income families are most likely to succeed if they grow up in DuPage County, Illinois, while the opposite is true after a childhood spent in Baltimore.

Fast Company, Co.Exist (5/5/15) These Plastic Benches Double As Air Monitoring Stations
The U.S. government collects a lot of air quality data, as it’s mandated to do under the Clean Air Act.

The Boston Globe (5/4/15) An ‘Income-Achievement’ Gap Within Kids’ Brain Structures
Research has long shown that students from low-income families tend to lag behind their wealthier peers on standardized test performance and other measures of academic success.

The Associated Press (5/1/15) 1 In 4 US Renters Must Use Half Their Pay For Housing Costs
More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That’s the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing.

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