Archive for the ‘Low Income’ Category
Friday, May 2nd, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.
The BLS website contains statistical data and information related to the social and economic conditions of the United States. Subject areas include inflation and prices; employment and unemployment; pay and benefits; spending and time use; productivity; and workplace injuries.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://1.usa.gov/1krfYKF
Friday, April 4th, 2014
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. On the SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action website, keep updated on the latest school nutrition related bills and legislation introduced in Congress, as well as federal, state, and local policies and regulations about school nutrition programs.
SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action: http://bit.ly/1i7BXFg
Monday, March 31st, 2014
March 31 is the deadline to apply for health insurance at the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2014.
“Most people must have health coverage in 2014 or pay a penalty. If you don’t have coverage, you’ll pay a fee of either 1% of your income, or $95 per adult ($47.50 per child), whichever is higher. You’ll pay the fee on your 2015 income taxes.”
Get covered: http://1.usa.gov/1pEH5VA
How to find the right plan for you: http://1.usa.gov/PbHjYP
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology. This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding. http://urbn.is/1hY0myc
Monday, March 17th, 2014
From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
“FinancialHelpforHealth.org, a new website from RWJF, is part of a national effort to raise awareness of the financial resources available to help millions of Americans purchase health coverage through the insurance marketplaces. Research finds that more than 80 percent of uninsured consumers would be more likely to enroll if they received financial help to pay for their plan. The new site seeks to reach these consumers and provide the information and resources they need to enroll before the March 31 deadline.”
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
“Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government’s so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday [February 28, 2014.]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.
The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited to such basics as milk, infant formula, cheese, eggs, cereals, bread and tuna fish.
But many of the changes finalized by the USDA on Friday were instituted on an interim basis in 2007, including the introduction of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to the list of WIC-covered foods.
In its final form, the overhaul will boost by 30 percent, or $2 per month, the allowance for each child’s fruit and vegetable purchases, and permit fresh produce in lieu of jarred infant food for babies, if their parents prefer.
The update also expands whole grain options available to recipients and allows yogurt as a partial milk substitute, adding to the soy-based beverages and tofu that were previously included.”
To read more visit: http://reut.rs/1ovhQo5
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Over 3 million Americans have enrolled in affordable health coverage. Many have shared their own stories about what it means to them — peace of mind, better coverage, security to pursue their dreams, and more. There are five weeks left until open enrollment closes on March 31. Let’s keep the momentum going and help more Americans get enrolled.
Encourage coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace, http://1.usa.gov/1cKYZ4d, during Latino Enrollment Week, February 24-28. The U.S. Health and Human Services website offers these resources: Starting the Conversation http://1.usa.gov/1k7Tza6; Six reasons to get covered: http://1.usa.gov/N0tOKG; Sharing Stories: http://1.usa.gov/1hQCKQT; and Inscríbase antes del 15 de marzo: https://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
A Toledo-based hospital system is trying new approaches to address hunger. Treating it as a health issue, the non-profit ProMedica system is building a grocery store selling healthy food, reclaiming unserved food and packaging meals for the hungry. They also started a system to screen hospital patients for food insecurity and connect them to programs that can help and provide them with emergency groceries. Citing social determinants of health as fundamental, ProMedica is forming partnerships with local food banks and other organizations to address community needs. The cost is not a burden as they are able to locate and reallocate resources. Read more at: http://bit.ly/1hwaUVl
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
San Francisco poets from youthspeaks.org have teamed up with the University of California San Francisco to train young poets on how living conditions common in poorer neighborhood, such as unsafe streets, few green spaces, and a preponderance of fast food joints are a factor in the development of diabetes. Videos have been created and are part of a package available at: http://bit.ly/19fH9Df. Dean Schillinger MD, U. of California-San Francisco, California Diabetes Program, and veteran health literacy researcher, helped mentor this project.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
From the American Public Health Association Newswire:
“Low-income communities experience the greatest health gains from public health funding, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.
Researchers found that over 17 years communities given public health funding experienced 4.3 percent reductions in infant mortality, as well as reductions of 0.5 to 3.9 percent in non-infant deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and influenza.
However, these health gains were 20-44 percent larger when funding was targeted to lower-income communities.”
For complete study information visit http://bit.ly/1c5E5LW