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Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post Climate Change Survey
September 19, 2019
Nearly two in five Americans (38 percent) now describe climate change as a "crisis," up from 23 percent in 2014, while 52 percent believe either that action must be taken within a decade to avoid the worst effects of climate change or that it already is too late to prevent the worst from happening, a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family...
The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2019
September 16, 2019
Adult obesity rates in the United States reached record levels in 2018, with rates above 35 percent in nine states, up from seven states in 2017, an annual report from the Trust for America's Health finds. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2019 (92 pages, PDF),...
Using Chronic Absence Data to Improve Conditions for Learning
September 13, 2019
Education leaders, community partners, and policy makers can use data on chronic absenteeism to address inequities and improve outcomes, a report from Attendance Works and the American Institutes for Research finds. Funded by the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, the California Endowment, and the Jonathan Logan Family, Skillman, and...
Home Equity: A Vision of Housing Security, Health and Opportunity
September 10, 2019
A rapid rise in home prices is straining the budgets of many Colorado households, even as discriminatory policies and practices exacerbate the burden on families of color, a report from the Colorado Health Institute finds. Funded by the Colorado Trust and informed by eighteen partner organizations of the trust's Health Equity Advocacy Cohort,...
State Abortion Policy Landscape: From Hostile to Supportive
September 7, 2019
As of August 2019, twenty-nine states had policies that were inimical to abortion rights, while fourteen had policies that were more supportive of such rights, a report from the Guttmacher Institute finds. Based on an analysis of six types of abortion restrictions (including an abortion ban, required waiting period, and restrictions on Medicaid...
Alumni of Tribal Colleges and Universities Better Their Communities
September 4, 2019
Native Americans who graduate from tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) — affordable, culturally relevant institutions of higher education chartered by tribes and located on or near Native reservations — are more likely to have received greater support from mentors and have graduated debt-free, and to report having a strong sense of...
Arts Vibrancy Index Report V: Hotbeds of America's Arts and Culture
September 1, 2019
A report from SMU DataArts ranks the most "arts-vibrant" communities in the United States based on the number of artists and arts and cultural nonprofits it has, as well as the number of people employed by the sector; program and contributed revenues, expenses, and compensation; and government support. According to the Arts Vibrancy Index...
What Do Americans Think of "Red Flag" or ERPO Laws?
August 29, 2019
Majorities of Americans support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), which allow family members or the police to seek a court order giving them authority to temporarily take a gun (or guns) from a gun owner whom they feel may be a threat to himself or others, a report from American Public Media's APM Research Lab finds. Based on a survey of...
Insights, Aspirations, and Action: Investing in Asset Building for San Antonio Families
August 26, 2019
While San Antonio — the population of which is 64 percent Latinx, 25 percent white, 7 percent African-American, and 3 percent Asian-American — is more integrated than comparable U.S. cities, poverty in the city is concentrated in majority Latinx and black communities, a report from the San Antonio Area Asset Funders Network finds. Funded by...
Lessons From the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund
August 17, 2019
A report from the New York Community Trust highlights lessons learned from the work of the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund — a funder collaborative launched in 2014 by the trust, the Rockefeller Brothers and David Rockefeller funds, and the Booth Ferris, Robert Sterling Clark, Lambent, Stavros Niarchos, and Robert Rauschenberg...
Supporting Older Youth Beyond Age 18: Examining Data and Trends in Extended Foster Care
August 14, 2019
Foster youth, especially foster youth of color, have significantly better outcomes if they remain in extended foster care beyond the age of 18, a report from Child Trends finds. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, the study, Supporting Older Youth Beyond Age 18: Examining Data and Trends in...