Dear Colleagues:

Here are some new resources to explore…

Research Reports/Other Learning Content

Disrupting Food Insecurity: Steps Communities Can Take

This report published by the Urban Institute offers 31 strategies that communities can use to address food insecurity within the broader context of economic instability. Based on common challenges family face, the strategies focus on reducing barriers and increasing resilience. Strategies are grouped by intersecting issues, such as housing, transportation, and health, so communities can implement comprehensive initiatives to tackle food insecurity. Click here to read the report.

Strengthening America’s Rural Innovation Infrastructure

As part of a report on Rural Development Hubs, Community Strategies Group examines how rural areas approach community and economic development. Seeking to dispel confusion, this report explains the distinct challenges experienced by rural communities. This report provides a historical and social overview of rural America, defines the role of Rural Development Hubs, and outlines key tenets of rural development efforts. Click here to read the report.

The Number of Uninsured Children Is On the Rise

A report published by Georgetown University Health Policy Institute found an increase of 400,000 in the number of uninsured U.S. children between 2016 and 2018. Demographic groups most affected include white and Latinx children, children under 6 years old, and children of low-to-mid income families. The report overviews states with the most significant increases and suggests potential causes of the data trend. Click here to read the report.

Webinars/Event Opportunities

How Well-Being Measures Can Help Communities Fight Poverty and Despair; Wednesday, December 4, 2019 2:00PM EST

In this webinar, Anita Chandra, Vice President and Director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being, and Carol Graham, the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow and Research Director – Global Economy and Development, will discuss how measures of well-being can improve our understanding of poverty, inequality, and despair. They will explain what well-being is, how it is different from other types of measures, and how it can inform better policy and better investments, especially at the community level. Click here for registration.

Funding/Collaboration Opportunities

Increase Creative Capacity to Shape Healthier Neighborhoods

The Kresge Foundation is accepting letter-of-intent applications for innovative projects that will support their Creative Placemaking initiative. Creative Placemaking is an approach that uses art, culture, and community engagement to advance community development. They are looking for efforts that center racial equity, collaborate across multiple sectors, and empower residents to restore wellness in their neighborhoods. Applications are due January 31, 2020. Click here for more information.