News. The new faces of U.S. poverty in metro areas. Low-income Americans are doing “digital health,” too. Low-income female students are facing certain challenges in college, in particular. And during retirement, women are more likely to face poverty than men. In good news, low-paid workers are leading in wage gains as minimum wage increases take effect.
AJC doctors + sex abuse investigation. Last week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released a harrowing national investigative series about doctors and sexual harassment complaints by patients. The cases are wide-ranging, and in many instances, doctors were still allowed to practice. As you can imagine, many of these patients were low-income, minorities or had mental health issues. Doctors were able to build trust and then take advantage. I wrote several of the sidebar pieces for the series, and I’m eager to get the word out about the resources for readers and other investigations that news organizations have done about doctor misconduct over the years.
5 resources for story ideas & numbers. A few options available to you this week:
- The U.S. uninsured rate remains at a historic low of 11 percent, Gallup says. The rate has declined 6 percentage points since 2013.
- Today the Congressional Budget Office released the 2016 Long-Term Budget Outlook report, which uncovers that the U.S. will face steadily increasing federal deficits and debt during the next 30 years if current laws remain unchanged. This could reach the highest level of debt experienced in the country.
- School integration talks continue. In fact, today a Congressional Hearing on School Integration takes place with several members of the National Coalition on School Diversity, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Poverty & Race Research Action Council. Next week, the council will host Professor Genevieve Siegel-Hawley and her new book, When the Fences Come Down: Twenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation, which talks about housing and school segregation.
- A new Department of Health and Human Services publication studies adolescent well-being after experiencing family homelessness. Most continued to live with their families, experience housing instability, miss school, have lower grades and exhibit behavioral problems.
- A UC Davis Center for Poverty Research report looks at immigrant mothers and how motherhood capital could benefit children. Low-income immigrants who are excluded from social services could use help from professionals in navigating social service institutions and schools.
Carefully curating for you,