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A snapshot of homelessness and housing instability in Michigan schools

Individual Author: 
Erb-Downward, Jennifer
Evangelist, Michael

Children need stability to thrive, but for the more than 36,000 children in Michigan’s elementary, middle and high schools who face homelessness, stability is often elusive. Under federal education law all children and youth who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” are homeless. These children not only lack a stable place to call home, they are more likely to transfer schools, have long commutes, struggle with poor health, and be chronically absent than their non-homeless peers.

Neighborhoods, obesity, and diabetes - A randomized social experiment

Individual Author: 
Ludwig, Jens
Sanbonmatsu, Lisa
Gennetian, Lisa
Adam, Emma
Duncan, Greg J.
Katz, Lawrence F.
Kessler, Ronald C.
Kling, Jeffrey R.
Lindau, Stacy Tessler
Whitaker, Robert C.
McDade, Thomas W.

BACKGROUND: The question of whether neighborhood environment contributes directly to the development of obesity and diabetes remains unresolved. The study reported on here uses data from a social experiment to assess the association of randomly assigned variation in neighborhood conditions with obesity and diabetes.

Evaluation of Raising Adolescent Families Together program: A medical home for adolescent mothers and their children

Individual Author: 
Cox, Joanne E.
Buman, Mathew P.
Woods, Elizabeth R.
Famakinwa, Olatokunbo
Harris, Sion Kim

Objectives. This study described a medical home model for adolescent mothers and their children, and their 1- and 2-year preventive care, repeat pregnancy, and psychosocial outcomes.

Methods. In this prospective, single cohort demonstration project, adolescent mothers (14–18 years old) and their children received care in a medical home. Demographic, medical and social processes, and outcomes data were collected at enrollment through 24 months. Change over time and predictors of repeat pregnancy were analyzed.

Concentration of poverty in the new millennium: Changes in the prevalence, composition, and location of high-poverty neighborhoods

Individual Author: 
Jargowsky, Paul A.

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing the extent to which concentrated poverty has returned to, and in some ways exceeded, the previous peak level in 1990.Concentrated poverty is defined as census tracts where more than 40 percent of households live below the federal poverty threshold, currently set at approximately $23,000 per year for a family of four.

Understanding Latino parents' child mental health literacy: Todos a bordo/All Aboard

Individual Author: 
Umpierre, Mari
Meyers, Laura V.
Ortiz, Aida
Paulino, Angela
Rodriguez, Anita Rivera
Miranda, Ana
Rodriguez, Raquel
Kranes, Stephanie
McKay, Mary M.

Objective: This article describes Phase 1 of a pilot that aims to develop, implement, and test an intervention to educate and simultaneously engage highly stressed Latino parents in child mental health services.

Basic facts about low-income children: Children aged 6 through 11 years, 2013

Individual Author: 
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes
Skinner, Curtis

Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 33 percent of all people in poverty. Among all children, 44 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (22 percent) live in poor families. Similarly, among children in middle childhood (age 6 through 11 years), 45 percent live in low-income families and 22 percent live in poor families. Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance.

Basic facts about low-income children: Children under 3 years, 2014

Individual Author: 
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes
Skinner, Curtis

Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 32 percent of all people in poverty. Many more children live in families with incomes just above the poverty threshold. Among all children, 44 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (21 percent) live in poor families. Our very youngest children—infants and toddlers under age 3 years—appear to be particularly vulnerable, with 47 percent living in low-income families, including 24 percent living in poor families.

Basic facts about low-income children: Children aged 12 through 17 years, 2014

Individual Author: 
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes
Skinner, Curtis

Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 32 percent of all people in poverty. Many more children live in families with incomes just above the poverty threshold. Among all children, 44 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (21 percent) live in poor families. Among our oldest children, adolescents age 12 through 17 years, 40 percent live in low-income families and 19 percent live in poor families. Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance.

Basic facts about low-income children: Children under 18 years, 2014

Individual Author: 
Jiang, Yang
Ekono, Mercedes
Skinner, Curtis

Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 32 percent of all people in poverty. Many more children live in families with incomes just above the poverty threshold. Among all children, 44 percent live in low-income families and approximately one in every five (21 percent) live in poor families. Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. Parental education and employment, race/ethnicity, and other factors are associated with children’s experience of economic insecurity.