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The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America’s Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow

By 2044, people of color will account for a majority of the U.S. population. In this Brookings Essay, Jennifer Bradley examines efforts in U.S. metropolitan areas to prepare a more diverse workforce. morenext

From Brookings Institution, March 24, 2015

Moving Parents and Children out of Poverty: a Two-Generation Approach

Tiffany is a single mother living in Indiana. Before receiving assistance Tiffany was unemployed and experiencing severe depression which was further complicated by the threat of losing her home and difficulties her children were experiencing in school. morenext

From Child Trends, March 24, 2015

Urban Institute Gets $8.4 Million to Help Measure Pay-for-Success Programs

The Urban Institute will attempt to make pay-for-success investments more attractive to social entrepreneurs and government program managers with the help of an $8.4 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. morenext

From The Chronicle of Philathropy, March 18, 2015

We don’t need to keep criminals in prison to punish them

The transition from prison to the "free world" can be very tough, both for the offender and for the neighborhood he returns to. In the month after getting out, a person released from prison has about a dozen times the mortality rate of people of the same age, race, and sex in the same neighborhood, with the leading causes of death among former inmates being drug overdose, cardiovascular disease, homicide, and suicide. morenext

From Vox, March 18, 2015

How can we track trends in educational attainment by parental income? Hint: not with the Current Pop

There are many Americans who would benefit from a postsecondary education but who never attend college, or who start college but don’t earn a degree. Many come from low-income families. Addressing gaps in educational attainment by family income, which exist even among similarly prepared students, is one of the most significant challenges facing policymakers concerned about income inequality and socioeconomic mobility. morenext

From The Brookings Institute, March 12, 2015

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

From 1960 to 1970, income was moving up for the poor and middle-income earners as well — but since 1970, those incomes more or less have stalled. As a result, the gap between the affluent and the poor is getting wider each year. morenext

From NPR, March 10, 2015

Richer and Poorer

Political scientists are nearly as likely to study economic inequality as economists are, though they’re less interested in how much inequality a market can bear than in how much a democracy can bear, and here the general thinking is that the United States is nearing its breaking point. morenext

From The New Yorker, March 10, 2015

Field Notes: Reinventing Philanthropy for the 21st Century

A recent report by the Aspen Institute explores Miller’s history at Heron and our journey to commit 100 percent for mission. morenext

From The F.B. Heron Foundation, March 10, 2015

Intergenerational poverty education initiative on hold until 2016

SB262, which would have created a mechanism to fund educational services for families living in intergenerational poverty, was put on hold by its sponsor this session because there was no money to fund it and the complexity of the bill. morenext

From Deseret News, March 10, 2015

Executive Director Ann Silverberg Williamson Joins the 2015 Class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows

Salt Lake City, UT – Ann Silverberg Williamson, executive director of Utah Department of Human Services, has been selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Fellowship program designed to increase the impact of participants’ work around improving the lives of children and families. morenext

From Utah Department of Human Services, March 09, 2015

Visiting Nurses, Helping Mothers on the Margins

Nurse-family partnership programs have spread to some 800 cities and towns in recent years, and are testing whether successful small-scale efforts to improve children’s health by educating mothers can work on a broad national canvas. morenext

From The New York Times, March 08, 2015

10 Questions Some Doctors Are Afraid To Ask

Imagine that the next time you go in for a physical, you're told there's a new tool that can estimate your risk for many of the major health problems that affect Americans: heart disease, diabetes, depression, addiction, just to name a few. morenext

From NPR Health, March 03, 2015

Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John

Fewer large companies are run by women than by men named John, a sure indicator that the glass ceiling remains firmly in place in corporate America. morenext

From The New York Times- Upshot, March 02, 2015

Family Influence on Education

Spending your teenage years in a single-parent family puts you at a larger educational disadvantage today than it did 40 years ago, claims a new study. morenext

From Inside Higher Ed, February 25, 2015

Congress should prioritize tax credits for working families, not business

If you had any doubt about the real priorities of the current Congress, you need look no further than the ongoing debate over the tax code. Our representatives seem more concerned with pleasing big business than helping to support working families. morenext

From The HIll, February 25, 2015

Born equal? Prenatal care and social mobility

Richard Reeves and Edward Rodrigue look at research indicating that factors that may affect a child's life chances—such as an expectant mother's stress levels and her physical environment—can begin morenext

From Brookings Institution , February 25, 2015

Report: State’s ‘cliff effect’ stops low-income families from getting ahead

Despite their efforts to improve the lives of their families, many low-income Nebraska women are being held back by state policies and practices. morenext

From Journal Star, February 24, 2015

Report: State’s ‘cliff effect’ stops low-income families from getting ahead

Despite their efforts to improve the lives of their families, many low-income Nebraska women are being held back by state policies and practices. morenext

From Journal Star, February 24, 2015

Rural Children Isolated in Chronically Poor Communities

In 2013, poverty was still high and jobs were still scarce in the Appalachian community. The coal industry was down sharply. One-third of families had no worker. Many relied on disability payments. Painkiller addiction ravaged the community. The same families ran things. Many young adults had left, and those who stayed hunkered down with family, struggling to make ends meet. The legacy of disinvestment and vulnerability persisted. morenext

From Spotlight on Poverty, February 23, 2015

Health Care Opens Stable Career Path, Taken Mainly by Women

In 1980, 1.4 million jobs in health care paid a middle-class wage: $40,000 to $80,000 a year in today’s money. Now, the figure is 4.5 million. morenext

From The New York Times, February 22, 2015

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