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NCOA senior SNAP enrollment promising practices brief

Individual Author: 
National Council on Aging

NCOA’s Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative is designed to fight senior hunger by increasing the effectiveness of community-based organizations and agencies that help older adults enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With support from the Walmart Foundation, NCOA has distributed over $2 million in grants to more than 40 community-based organizations and agencies that conduct SNAP outreach and assist older adults with the application process. (Author abstract)


Employment after prison: A longitudinal study of releasees in three states

Individual Author: 
Visher, Christy
Debus-Sherrill, Sara
Yahner, Jennifer

In this brief, we explore the reality of finding employment after prison from the perspective of 740 former male prisoners in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. Interviews were conducted as part of a comprehensive, longitudinal study entitled Returning Home: Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. Eight months after prison, 65 percent of respondents had been employed at some point, but only 45 percent were currently employed. Those who held a job while in prison or participated in job-training programs had better employment outcomes after release.

Parents and Children Together: Effects of two healthy marriage programs for low-income couples

Individual Author: 
Moore, Quinn
Avellar, Sarah
Patnaik, Ankita
Covington, Reginald
Wu, April

Growing up with two parents in a stable, low-conflict family can improve children’s lives in a broad range of areas. However, the economic and other challenges faced by low-income families can make it hard for these families to achieve a stable, low-conflict family environment. Recognizing this challenge, as well as the potential benefits of healthy marriages and relationships for low-income families, the federal government has funded programming to encourage healthy marriage and relationships for many years.

Implementation and early training outcomes of the High Growth Job Training Initiative: Final report

Individual Author: 
Lauren Eyster
Nightingale, Demetra Smith
Barnow, Burt S.
O'Brien, Carolyn T.
Trutko, John
Kuehn, Daniel

The High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) was a national grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA). Between 2001 and 2007, more than 160 grants were awarded to establish industry-focused job training and related projects designed to meet the industry's workforce challenges. This report is the third and final in a series from the national evaluation of the HGJTI conducted by the Urban Institute, the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Capital Research Corporation.

Promising approaches to integrating community health workers into health systems: Four case studies

Individual Author: 
Lauren Eyster
Bovbjerg, Randall R.

The productive roles that community health workers (CHWs) can play in health care are drawing increasing interest among US policymakers, providers, insurers, and other stakeholders. While there is a growing interest, little has been documented about the scope of practice, supervision, and human resources standards implemented by states and by employers of CHWs, or how CHWs are financed. Such dimensions of implementing CHW models are important to promoting interventions that integrate CHWs.

Employer engagement by community-based organizations: Meeting the needs of job seekers with barriers to success in the labor market

Individual Author: 
Spaulding, Shayne
Blount, David

Employers need skilled workers to fill open jobs. Yet some workers face barriers to employment, even as the national unemployment rate dips to its lowest level in nearly two decades. These workers might face such challenges as a lack of skills, gaps in employment, or previous involvement in the criminal justice system.