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Do Pediatricians Have A Role In Addressing Maternal Depression? New Medicaid Guidance Shows The Way

When mothers of young children struggle with feelings of depression, it’s often difficult for them to seek the mental health care they need for themselves. Fear and stigma are significant roadblocks. However, there’s an important, if not-so-obvious person to whom a mother with a young child can turn for help: her child’s pediatrician. morenext

From Health Affairs Blog, June 29, 2016

12,000 inmates to receive Pell grants to take college classes

The Obama administration selected 67 colleges and universities Thursday for the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, an experiment to help prisoners earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while incarcerated. The schools will work with more than 100 federal and state penitentiaries to enroll inmates who qualify for Pell, a form of federal aid that covers tuition, books and fees for college students with financial need. Prisoners must be eligible for release within five years of enrolling in coursework. morenext

From Washington Post, June 24, 2016

Taxas needs a new approach to poverty

Nonprofits do not necessarily have to expand their scope to move ahead with a two-generation strategy; indeed, this is most effective as a partnership between organizations. morenext

From TribTalk, June 08, 2016

‘Toxic stress’ in the classroom: How a public health approach could help

Children living in poverty often are exposed to high levels of constant stress that can be debilitating, not only in terms of their physical health but also their ability to learn. So what are schools to do? morenext

From Washington Post, June 07, 2016

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Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders

Expanding the Potential of 2Gen Programs – 3 Ideas for Funders

June 30, 2016Read Full Post

Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond

Becoming 2Gen: Ascend Network Partners Respond

May 23, 2016Read Full Post