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Archive for July, 2010

GAO Report: Better Collaboration by HHS and HUD Could Improve Delivery of Homless Services in Rural Areas

Posted by neocaablogger on July 20, 2010

GAO recommends that the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS) explore further opportunities to strengthen formal collaboration on linking housing and supportive services to address homelessness, with specific consideration for how such collaboration can minimize barriers to service provision in rural areas. HHS and HUD generally agreed with the recommendation. Rural Homelessness:  Better Collaboration by HHS and HUD Could Improve Delivery of Services in Rural Areas.  GAO-10-724, July 20. http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-10-724 Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10724high.pdf
 

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America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

Posted by neocaablogger on July 20, 2010

Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families; http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp. Pending data availability, the Forum updates all 40 indicators annually on its Web site (http://childstats.gov) and alternates publishing a detailed report, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, with a summary version that highlights selected indicators. The America’s Children series makes Federal data on children and families available in a nontechnical, easy-to-use format in order to stimulate discussion among data providers, policymakers, and the public.

 

The Forum fosters coordination and integration among 22 Federal agencies that produce or use statistical data on children and families and seeks to improve Federal data on children and families. The America’s Children series provides accessible compendiums of indicators drawn across topics from the most reliable official statistics; it is designed to complement other more specialized, technical, or comprehensive reports produced by various Forum agencies.

 

The indicators and demographic background measures presented in America’s Children in Brief all have been presented in previous Forum reports. Indicators are chosen because they are easy to understand, are based on substantial research connecting them to child well-being, cut across important areas of children’s lives, are measured regularly so that they can be updated and show trends over time, and represent large segments of the population, rather than one particular group. [Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics]
 

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Want to be a Grant Reviewer

Posted by neocaablogger on July 16, 2010

As a part of the ACF Accessibility Initiative, ACF programs are recruiting and engaging new reviewers in the process. The grant review process is mutually beneficial for the Federal government and the reviewers. The Federal government and tax payers benefit from field expertise and reviewers’ knowledge, ensuring that our projects address relevant and emerging issues in the community. At the same time, reviewers obtain knowledge about the Federal grant award process and grant application requirements, which can be taken back to the community and applied when developing proposals. 
 Become an ACF Grant Reviewer:   –  Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)  –  Administration for Native Americans (ANA)  –  Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)  –  Office of Community
Services (OCS)  –  Office of Family Assistance, Child Care Bureau (CCB)  –  Office of Head Start (OHS)

 

Details here: http://bit.ly/agtNlJ

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Study Shows that Kids’ Health and Development Harmed by Multiple Hardships

Posted by neocaablogger on July 15, 2010

A new study showing children are at an increased risk of health problems and developmental delays when living with multiple hardships, such as inadequate or inconsistent access to nutritious food, utilities and stable housing was released by Children’s HealthWatch, a leading pediatric research institution. The report includes a number of recommendations on ways to reduce these hardships on low-income children, including improvements to the child nutrition programs. Click here for study: http://www.childrenshealthwatch.org/upload/resource/multiplehardships_report_jun10.pdf
 

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Income Gap Triples Between Very Rich and Everyone Else in last 3 decades

Posted by neocaablogger on July 13, 2010

The gaps in after-tax income between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the middle and poorest fifths of the country more than tripled between 1979 and 2007 (the period for which these data are available), according to data the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued. Taken together with prior research, the new data suggest greater income concentration at the top of the income scale than at any time since 1928. Click here for report or here: http://www.cbpp.org/files/6-25-10inc.pdf
 

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Health Report: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010

Posted by neocaablogger on July 6, 2010

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010
Source: Trust for America’s Health

Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia (D.C.), according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.

The report highlights troubling racial, ethnic, regional and income disparities in the nation’s obesity epidemic. For instance, adult obesity rates for Blacks and Latinos were higher than for Whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia; 10 out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South — with Mississippi weighing in with highest rates for all adults (33.8 percent) for the sixth year in a row; and 35.3 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with 24.5 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year. 
 

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Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018

Posted by neocaablogger on July 6, 2010

Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018
Source: Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University From press release (PDF):

Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, forecasts that by 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education. Employers will need 22 million new workers with postsecondary degrees – and the report shows that we will fall short by three million workers without a dramatic change in course. This translates into a deficit of 300,000 college graduates every year between now and 2018. 
 http://cew.georgetown.edu/jobs2018/

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HealthCare.gov New Online Tool for Consumers

Posted by neocaablogger on July 2, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled a new on-line tool to assist consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.  Called for by the Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov <http://www.healthcare.gov/>  is the first website to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.
 

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Produce Short Vid: Career Video’s for America’s Job Seekers Challenge and Win Prize

Posted by neocaablogger on July 1, 2010

The Department of Labor has extended the deadline for the Phase I submission of "Career Videos for America’s Job Seekers Challenge" to August 20, 2010.

 

The Career Videos Challenge is an online crowdsourcing challenge which invites members of the public to produce short videos focusing on the daily activities, necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs), and career pathways of one of 15 identified high-wage and in-demand occupations.  The creators of the top video in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize.  Workforce3 One hosted a Webinar last month, highlighting the Challenge.  To view a recording of the Webinar or read the transcript, go to: http://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001012451045023883/info

For more information, go to the Challenge Web site at: http://www.dolvideochallenge.ideascale.com/a/panel.do?id=6916

 

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