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Evaluation of the ready to work partnership grant program: Findings from the implementation study of four training programs for long-term unemployed workers

Individual Author: 
Fishman, Mike

This PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 NAWRS workshop summarizes the findings from an implementation study of four separate training programs for long-term unemployed workers. This presentation discusses the policy context, evaluation overview, ready-to-work grantee programs, and key findings of the study.

Realistic child support orders for incarcerated parents: PAID - child support fact sheet #4

Individual Author: 
Office of Child Support Enforcement

For child support to be a reliable source of income for children, parents who are incarcerated need child support orders that reflect actual income. This PAID fact sheet highlights opportunities to encourage incarcerated parents to engage with the child support system, to reduce or suspend orders during incarceration to avoid arrears, and to offer post-incarceration child support services. As a companion to this PAID fact sheet, the incarcerated noncustodial parent policy chart reviews state modification practices, laws, and policies for incarcerated noncustodial parents.

Is maternal food security a predictor of food and drink intake among toddlers in Oregon?

Individual Author: 
Cunningham, Timothy J.
Barradas, Danielle T.
Rosenberg, Kenneth D.
May, Ashleigh L.
Kroelinger, Charlan D.
Ahluwalia, Indu B.

Food insecurity has detrimental effects on the mental, physical, and behavioral health of developing children. Few studies, however, have sought to determine whether associations exist between food insecurity and intake of vegetables, fresh or canned fruit, candy or cookies, French fries, fast food, water, milk, fruit juices, fruit drinks, soda, and sports drinks.

Strategies to meet the child care needs of low-income parents seeking education and training: Executive summary

Individual Author: 
Adams, Gina
Derrick-Mills, Teresa
Heller, Caroline

Child care can be an insurmountable barrier for low-income parents seeking education and training so they can get better jobs to support their families. Helping families with child care can also be challenging for programs trying to help these parents get ahead. Despite funding and policy barriers, there are programs that have taken on this challenge.

Internet-based delivery of evidence-based health promotion programs among American Indian and Alaska Native youth: A case study

Individual Author: 
Markham, Christine M.
Rushing, Stephanie C.
Jessen, Cornelia
Gorman, Gwenda
Torres, Jennifer
Lambert, William E.
Prokhorov, Alexander V.
Miller, Leslie
Allums-Featherston, Kelly
Addy, Robert C.
Peskin, Melissa F.
Shegog, Ross

Background: American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth face multiple health challenges compared to other racial/ethnic groups, which could potentially be ameliorated by the dissemination of evidence-based adolescent health promotion programs. Previous studies have indicated that limited trained personnel, cultural barriers, and geographic isolation may hinder the reach and implementation of evidence-based health promotion programs among AI/AN youth.

The Great Recession and SNAP caseloads: A tale of two states

Individual Author: 
Edwards, Mark
Heflin, Colleen
Mueser, Peter
Porter, Suzanne
Weber, Bruce

Using detailed administrative data for the 2003 to 2010 period, the authors contrast Florida's and Oregon's dramatically different participation dynamics, assessing the expansion and extension of benefits before, during, and after the Great Recession. State differences in how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been administered help explain differences in SNAP use.

Development and initial validation of a measure of academic behaviors associated with college and career readiness

Individual Author: 
Lombardi, Allison
Seburn, Mary
Conley, David

In this cross-validation study, the authors examined the psychometric properties of a measure of academic behaviors associated with college and career readiness intended for high school students. An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was conducted with a randomly selected portion of the sample (n = 413) and resulted in four reliable factors: Goal-driven Behaviors, Persistence, Study Skills, and Self-Monitoring. A confirmatory factor analysis was conducted with the remaining sample (n = 610). Goodness-of-fit indices indicated acceptable model fit.

Food deserts and migrant farmworkers: Assessing food access in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Individual Author: 
Chambers, Kimberlee J.
Grauel, Katie

Food insecurity, often correlated with "food deserts", affects migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) at greater rates than other populations. Our research evaluates the food desert experience of MSFW communities in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Through GIS mapping, interviews with MSFW, and food retailer inventories, our research helps elucidate the degree to which the geographical distribution of food retailers and the products they carry affects MSFW. Access to food retailers was assessed for distances of 0.25, 1.5, 5, and 10 miles.

A study of the Self-Employment Assistance program: Helping unemployed workers pursue self-employment

Individual Author: 
Weigensberg, Elizabeth
Needels, Karen
Gould-Werth, Alix
Patnaik, Ankita
Lee, Joanne

This report for the Department of Labor examines Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs, which help qualifying unemployment insurance recipients set up a business in lieu of seeking a new job. In addition to providing a weekly self-employment allowance, SEA programs typically partnered with other organizations to provide participants with important business development supports, including counseling, mentoring, or training.

Seeding change in rural and reservation communities: The study of Horizons

Individual Author: 
Nelson-Dusek, Stephanie

This is the story of Horizons, a major rural community leadership program undertaken by the Northwest Area Foundation to address poverty in rural areas. The goal of the program was to identify, prepare, and equip new leaders and help them take community action on poverty (Morehouse, 2010). In large part, Horizons succeeded. Many communities formed plans and common definitions of poverty, and new leaders helped expand communities’ existing capacity to pursue change.