J-PAL North America launches MIT Roybal Center for Translational Research to Improve Health Care for the Aging

Center will work with affiliated researchers to test low-cost, high-impact behavioral interventions to improve health-care delivery and health outcomes for aging adults in the United States.

J-PAL North America • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health medicine economics aging health-care research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal

Utility shut-offs, evictions more likely for households of color

Disconnected utilities, evictions, and debt are disproportionately affecting households of color during the pandemic, a survey finds.

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: poverty covid-19 money united-states housing society-and-culture health-and-medicine race-and-ethnicity public-utilities

Homes are flooding outside FEMA's 100-year flood zones, and racial inequality is showing through

New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.

Kevin T. Smiley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities poverty flooding hurricanes natural-disasters fema urban floodplains hurricane-harvey

J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Caroline Garau | J-PAL North America • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: poverty covid-19 economics pandemic policy health-care learning jobs k-12-education research government education-teaching-academics school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences technology-and-society abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal

Government programs ‘don’t have to be demeaning’

Hear how after school programs in Chicago empowered parents, and how those design principles could improve other government programs.

Duke University • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: poverty politics parents united-states families featured society-and-culture public-assistance

Childhood adversity ups risk of early death

Social adversity in early childhood appears to be a significant risk factor for death in early adulthood, a new study of one million children shows.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: poverty death anxiety stress childrens-health health-and-medicine

ICU beds are scarce in low-income areas

New research on ICU beds in hospitals reveals how starkly a person's ZIP code affects access to COVID-19 care.

Lauren Ingeno-Penn • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: poverty covid-19 hospitals money united-states rural-communities featured health-and-medicine neighborhoods emergency-medicine

African American teens face mental health crisis but are less likely than whites to get treatment

For Black youth, death by suicide has become a leading cause of death. And they face social problems that give rise to depression and isolation that their white counterparts do not.

Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  poverty  mental-health  depression  suicide  stress  african-americans  black-youth

Pandemic costs kids of color more months of learning

School closures due to the pandemic have taken a toll on the learning of low-income children and those of color.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: education poverty covid-19 society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

4 in 10 low-income Americans struggled to buy food

Only 18% of low-income Americans were able to buy enough food for two weeks in March, new findings on food insecurity show.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: poverty covid-19 food united-states featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine

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