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Resources by Topic: Poverty

Declines in Child Poverty Continue in 2017: Overall Rate Still Above Pre-Recession Level
Examines trends in child poverty from 2007 through 2017, with information for rural areas, suburban areas, and cities. Appendix Table 1 provides state-by-state data.
Additional links: Appendix Table 1
Author(s): Jessica Carson, Andrew Schaefer, Beth Mattingly
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2017
Provides estimates of poverty for the official poverty measure and the supplemental poverty measure, which takes into account government programs that support low-income families. Appendix Tables A-1 and A-2 provide data for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Liana Fox
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017
Reports on income levels and the number of people in poverty for 2016 and 2017, along with the percent change from 2016 to 2017. Includes statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas (see Table 1 and Table 3). Based on data from the 2018 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements.
Author(s): Kayla Fontenot, Jessica Semega, Melissa Kollar
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Oregon Areas of Unmet Health Care Need Report 2018
Reports on nine variables used to describe the areas of unmet healthcare need and measure access to primary physical, mental and oral healthcare in Oregon. Areas of unmet need are scored based on variables in three categories: availability of providers, ability to afford care, and utilization. Provides statistics and county-level information by service areas and maps to describe areas of unmet need.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Medicaid Income Eligibility Transitions Among Rural Adults
Research and policy brief examining the extent to which incomes of rural and urban residents shifted above or below the Medicaid expansion eligibility threshold during 2010. Features statistics with breakdowns by expansion and non-expansion states, rural or urban location, and starting income as a percent of federal poverty level.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Deborah Thayer, Jennifer D. Lenardson
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Experiences of Parents and Children Living in Poverty: A Review of the Qualitative Literature
Details a review of studies focusing on the experiences of poverty from the perspective of parents and their children. Discusses variations in perceptions of poverty and government assistance in rural areas.
Author(s): Janet Quint, Katherine M. Griffin, Jennie Kaufman, Patrick Landers, Annie Utterback
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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The Intersection of Hepatitis, HIV, and the Opioid Crisis: The Need for a Comprehensive Response
Brief discusses the infectious diseases co-occurring with the opioid crisis and the need for comprehensive treatment. Details the relationship between opioid use disorder and HIV and hepatitis infection. Looks at barriers to care and presents suggestions to overcome them, such as increasing access to healthcare for low-income populations, among others.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
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Identifying Bright Spots in Appalachian Health: Statistical Analysis
Describes analysis used in assessing how Appalachia's 420 counties scored in 19 health indicators, and identifies counties with health outcomes that were better than expected. Features statistics and county-level maps showing economic status. Second in a series of reports exploring health issues in Appalachia.
Author(s): G. Mark Holmes, Nancy M. Lane, William Holding, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, PDA, Inc., The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Exploring Bright Spots in Appalachian Health: Case Studies
In-depth studies of 10 Appalachian counties with health outcomes that are better than expected, given their characteristics and resources. Identifies actions these areas are taking to improve health and well-being. Features statistics including demographics and health-related data, and maps showing economic status of Appalachian counties. Third in a series of reports exploring health issues in Appalachia.
Author(s): Nancy M. Lane, G. Mark Holmes, Thomas A. Arcury, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Burness, PDA, Inc., The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Summer Meals: Improvements Needed to Address Participation Estimates and Program Challenges
Testimony before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House of Representatives, summarizing the May 2018 Government Accountability Office report on summer meals. Addresses what is known about Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) participation, other summer programs that feed low-income children, challenges in providing rural children with summer meals, and the extent to which the USDA provides assistance.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Kathryn A. Larin
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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