Ascend Publications

Study which expands how higher education for formerly incarcerated women facilitates family and community transformation. Using the two-generation lens, it reflects the way women and men in communities affected by incarceration actually experience family relationships. Susan Sturm, Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia and Vivian Nixon, College and Community Fellowship. September 2015.

Brief with information about two-generation strategies and the levers of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Ascend at the Aspen Institute, July 2015.

Authored by Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, and Amy Shriver, MD, this white paper highlights how promoting early literacy with families in primary-care clinics can help address school readiness, conduct developmental surveillance, build parental capacities, and help buffer toxic stress in families. What is most important about the model (Reach Out and Read) is that it is inexpensive, scalable, and evidence-based. Early literacy and family well-being through Reach Out and Read. This report, written with a powerful mix of storytelling, scientific evidence, and data, highlights the types of interventions that can make a real difference for 21st century families. October 2015.

Profiles of the second Ascend Fellows class of leaders within the Aspen Institute’s Ascend Fellowship furthering two-generation work with breakthrough ideas and leadership.

Innovations from the Ascend Network and Aspen ThinkXChange: National Forum on Two-Generation Solutions, April 2015.

This paper shares interventions and research on 2Gen brain science and toxic stress. Ascend Fellow, Dr. Sarah Watamura and Dr. Philyoung Kim. June 2015.