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 with more questions than answers. Overall, the tone was hopeful but not specific. Yet was the softer tone quietly radical?

3 health care updates. 
Data resources.
  • In the well-being realm, blacks in the U.S. rate their current life satisfaction lower than whites, Asians and Hispanics, Gallup reports. At the same time, blacks are more optimistic when assessing life satisfaction in the next five years.
  • Brookings produced snapshots of America by looking at employment by race and place. They looked at 130 cities and produced several interactive tables and graphs that are handy for comparison.
3 reports.
  • Last week’s newsletter had a small blurb about school breakfast programs in New Jersey, and a reader passed along this fantastic resource: The Food Research & Action Center’s School Breakfast Scorecard, which came out in February. There’s fantastic info to dig through, and she pointed out that Nevada’s breakfast participation jumped 26 percent last year after the state legislature passed a breakfast bill. Shoutout and thanks for the tip, Carly Putnam!
  • Get trained on the NYC Longitudinal Survey of Well-Being. The Columbia Population Research Center and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy are offering a May workshop to familiarize people with this study of poverty, hardship and well-being. Applications are due March 15.
  • Brush up on how to access Pew Research Center data. They posted a detailed reminder today about how to find datasets on the site.
Final thoughts. You may recall that Covering Poverty is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (woohoo!) and I sometimes post updates about what’s happening with their poverty/childhood research. This week, there are three great updates:

  • Check out a new report about the Evidence2Success framework in Providence, Rhode Island, which became the first site to start this community-focused program in 2012.
  • This month’s CaseyCast explores solutions journalism with David Bornstein, a veteran journalist and the co-founder of a nonprofit dedicated to growing the practice of solutions journalism.
  • On March 14, Casey will launch a three-part webinar series that explores what it takes to implement two-generation approaches for reducing poverty. The first session will focus on funding strategies that can address parent and child needs at the same time.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist