5 health care resources, State of the Union on Poverty, education & earnings levels

News. We’re talking about barriers to opportunity in today’s America. Although we’re all stressed, a new study says Alabama is the most stressed state. Medicaid is coming of age in the new health bill’s defeat. Child poverty and STDs are on the rise in central Minnesota, Michigan is making little progress in lifting the working poor […]

Poverty reporting: Trump’s take + ACA repeal updates + new datasets

News. This week, the news section will focus on Trump’s Tuesday speech and what it means: It could be a threat to vulnerable communities, portraying immigrants, low-income families and communities of color as burdens. It could lower living standards for workers, and child care suggestions may not actually be helpful. With poverty policy, we come away […]

Round out February with 9 poverty-focused resources

News. What people are talking about today: The New Yorker‘s commentary about what Trump means for the world’s poorest people. Then there’s ongoing health care conversations: A GOP proposal would cover fewer low-income families. As lawmakers move forward on the ACA repeal, however, new data shows the nation’s uninsured rate hit a record low last year. […]

11 resources to boost your reporting in February

This is a packed post. Ready to skim through news and these 11 reporting tools? Stick with me. – CC News. Worlds Apart, the four-part San Antonio Express-News series, shows the concentrated poverty and income divide that could make it one of the nation’s most segregated cities. The cost of raising a child keeps rising. In […]

9 days to Inauguration: Poverty reporting resources and story ideas

News. For the next week, we’ll see a stream of Obama legacy and Trump “what if” reports, including poverty-related issues such as rural anti-poverty efforts, education, housing (and Ben Carson’s plan) and health care. Look for local impact as well, such as mayors’ concerns about poverty and economic quality concerns. 3 data points. Gallup gives us three […]

Implications of repealing ACA + U.S. health care costs + child welfare data

News.  What poor people buy when they’re given cash, according to a study. How poverty permeates the classroom (first in a seven-part series by the Connecticut Mirror). The holiday season is tough for low-wage federal workers. Many Americans skip the dentist due to cost. Implications of Affordable Care Act repeal: As the repeal conversation unfolds, people […]

Census Bureau stats release + 2 webinars + post-Trump effects

News. Measuring poverty by more than just income. Five states are struggling with surging numbers of foster children. A “bank for the poor” could end poverty and inequality. Nevada’s rural residents are facing a fraying safety net, Kentucky’s rural residents are worried about Medicaid cutbacks, and Virginia’s rural residents are concerned about regional spikes in poverty. At […]

Post-Election race concerns + new nonprofit report & interactive + homeless & food insecurity data

News. Homelessness in the U.S. decreased slightly during the past year. Even so, the count is rising in California, and Section 8 tenants are fleeing Seattle for housing in smaller cities. And cities in Colorado, Hawaii, Texas and Washington are passing laws that make homelessness a crime. Looking at Canada, Toronto continues to hold the title […]

Election Day poverty angles — 5 recent and contextual reporting resources

News. The final jobs report before the election shows promising wage growth. A surge of Hispanic voters in certain states could make a big difference today. Poverty wages for child care workers could be behind the high turnover. More children in Philadelphia are living in poverty. Check out this poverty series by the Citizen-Times in Asheville. […]

2017 health insurance & pay gap calculators + U.S. voting characteristics

News. What’s causing income inequality? Maybe these government policies. An Illinois special report finds a link between poverty and test scores. The American Academy of Pediatrics talks about the implications of poverty on doctor’s offices that serve suburban families. A new report says more children in Philadelphia are living in poverty. Four states (Arizona, Colorado, Maine and […]