Dear Colleagues:

Here are some new resources to explore…


Research Reports/Other Learning Content: 


Child Poverty Declines Even as Disparities Persist among the Nation’s Youngest Children

Recent Census data shows a small decrease in poverty rates among the overall U.S. population, from 12.3% in 2017 to 11.8% in 2018. While poverty rates among children birth to age 5 also declined, this age group still had the highest poverty rate. Poverty rates were highest among infants and toddlers (birth through age 2), Black and Hispanic young children, and young children living in single parent-headed households, especially female-headed households, relative to children without these characteristics. This suggests that benefits of improved economic conditions were not equally distributed across families.

Click here to read the article. Click here to access the Census report.


Low Job Quality Leaves Workers and Our Economy More Vulnerable to the Next Recession

The Great Recession during 2007 – 2009 created economic hardships for workers, especially low-wage workers of color. Workers who were able to find employment often found themselves in more low-quality jobs with less pay, few or no benefits, and limited advancement opportunities. Today, many low-wage workers are still struggling to recover from the effects of a recession and another recession may be more difficult for workers than it needs to be. This brief outlines proposals for improving job quality and promoting workers’ economic security during another recession.

Click here to read the publication.


Webinars/Event Opportunities:


 Webinar: Exploring Action Learning Guides: Your Roadmaps to Action, October 22nd 3:00PM EST

If you are interested in learning more about how to improve health outcomes in your community, this webinar may be for you. County Health Rankings and Roadmaps will focus on equitable opportunities, partnering with residents, and broadening reach through policy. Online Action Learning Guides are helpful tools for community organizations to create sustainable change.

Click here to Register.


In-person: Leading for Equity Institute, October 23-26, 2019 or February 2020, Chicago

The National Equity Project is hosting a Leading For Equity™ Institute to work with leaders to develop capacity to foster positive change on behalf of historically under-served students and families. The Institute will provide opportunities for sharing, reflection, and planning to inform your current work, and teams can deepen commitment, relationships, and efficacy while developing strategies toward equity goals. Teams will also receive expert guidance and facilitation to work together to address personal and technical challenges in educational equity efforts. You must register with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight people per team and teams should be diverse by role, gender and race/ethnicity.

For more information click here.


In-person: 16th Annual Health Equity Conference

The Maryland Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities is hosting a conference to address health equity and cost reductions though clinical-community partnerships. It will take place on December 5th in Baltimore.

Click here for more information and registration. 


Funding/Collaboration Opportunities:


Rural Health Network Development Program

The purpose of this program is to expand access to and improve quality of healthcare services and enhance delivery of healthcare in rural areas. Applicants select an activity from the following topics: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; or strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.

Applications Due: November 25, 2019

For more information click here. Register for pre-application webinar here.


Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

Systems for Action, a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seeks to support new research on new ways to align delivery and financing systems across medical, social, and public health systems that support a Culture of Health. A Virtual Workshop highlights research teams that have previously received funding.

Letter of Intent due Friday, October 4th. Applications Due: November 6, 2019

For more information click here. Register for pre-application webinar here.