Annie E. Casey Foundation, 6/16/2019
“2019 State Trends in Child Well-Being” – book is downloadable.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 6/16/2019
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 9/24/2019
“In this snapshot on concentrated poverty, you’ll learn which child populations are most likely to live in concentrated poverty … how child poverty rates have changed over time in each state….”
by Jessica Carson (2017) for Carsey School of Public Policy
Civil Eats, Chris Hardman, Good Justice, Nutrition, School Food, 6/8/2017
Jun 08, 2017 · The Lunch Express, first developed in 2012, delivers lunch five days a week to children in remote areas of the region using four refurbished school buses. In rural Northeast Tennessee, one in four children lives at or below the poverty level, which translates to a lot of hungry kids.
Children’s Defense Fund – sponsored by Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.; Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
“Economic, social, and health indicators show t…/hat as many as one-quarter of rural children face problems usually attributed only to inner cities. Rural children are poorer than other American children and are less likely to have access to health insurance, health services, child care, government aid, or adequate housing….”
CHSincorporated, YouTube, 1/5/2017 – VIDEO
See families working on their farms across the Midwest.
Millennial Farmers, YouTube, 3/24/2019
“Spring weather, flooding donations, our combine situation, Roudup/glyphosate, No till, and the new podcast. Here’s a quick update on what’s going on!”
Aspen Ideas Festival, 2019, Sarah Smarsh, Journalist and Author — Video
“It’s incredibly important for us to be inspired by one and another, to look another in the eye and see goodness.”
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2019
See conditions in rural America and ERS classification and mapping for “(1) open country, (2) small towns population 2500 and fewer, and (3) urban areas with populations ranging from 2,500 to 49,999 that are not part of larger labor market areas (metropolitan areas).”
(2017) for University of New Hampshire
Apr 03, 2020 · The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is the Nation’s second largest food and nutrition assistance program. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, it operated in nearly 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools (grades PK-12) and residential child care institutions.
Washington Post, Dana Milbank, 5/29/2020
“Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp needed a way to show that he hadn’t been rash to reopen restaurants, theaters, nail salons and the like in late April….
“…They doctored the statistics….
“…Only in Brian Kemp’s Georgia is the first Thursday in May followed immediately by the last Sunday in April…” [More ‘mistakes’ followed.]
by Jacqueline Thomsen (2018) for The Hill
by Reid Wilson (2017) for The Hill
The New York Times, Nadia Popovich, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Livia Albeck-Ripka, 5/10/2020
After three years in office, the ..Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. … All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and lead to thousands of extra death from poor air quality each year, according to energy and legal analysts.
Washington Post, Christina A. Cassidy, Gretchen Elhke – AP, 4/8/2020
“MILWAUKEE, Wis. — After going to sleep angry and afraid to vote, Xavier Thomas woke up on election day in Wisconsin thinking about how hard black people had to fight for the right to cast a ballot. … “We had to be wiling to die to get our vote, and the same thing is happening right now,” said Thomas, a 33-year-old director of youth ministry at a Milwaukee church.
America Counts Staff, 8/9/2017
One in Five Americans live in Rural America
“…In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from /13/2018 centers. Urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country but are home to more than 80 percent of the population. Conversely, 97 percent of the country’s land mass is rural but only 19.3 percent of the population lives there….”
Pew Institute, Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown, Richard Fry, D’vera Cohn, Ruth Igielnik, 5/22/18
Three key demographic forces have reshaped the overall U.S. population in recent years: growing racial and ethnic diversity, increasing immigration and rising suburban communities, touching some moe than others.” In summary,
- Half of rural counties have fewer residents than in 2000
- Urban counties have grown at the national average – 13%
- Suburban and small cities have grown more robustly
America Counts Staff, 8/9/2017
“…In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from /13/2018 centers. Urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country but are home to more than 80 percent of the population. Conversely, 97 percent of the country’s land mass is rural but only 19.3 percent of the population lives there …”. Learn more at “Defining Rural at the U.S. Census Bureau”
by William O’Hare (2017) for Carsey School of Public Policy
National Conference of State Legislatures, April 2020
State Response to Coronavirus and Elections”: In summary – Key advise about:
- Delaying Elections,
- Encouraging Absentees Ballots, and
- Moving to Mail-In Ballots
The New York Times, Stephanie Saul, Reid J. Epstein, 4/11/2019
“All voter fraud is extremely rare.
“…Studies have shown that all forms of voting fraud are extremely rare in the United States. A national study in 2016 found few credible allegations of fraudulent voting. A panel that Mr. Trump charged with investigating election corruption found no real evidence of fraud before he disbanded it in 2018….”
Washington Post, Toluse Olorunnipa, Annie Linskey, 4/6/2020
Within days of President Trump’s assertion that “I don’t take responsibility at all” for coronavirus testing failure
Pew Research Center, Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown, Richard Fry, D’Vera Cohn, Ruth Igielnik, 5/22/2018
Find out who your representatives in Congress are.
by Dustin Chambers (2017) for Huffington Post
by (2019) for The Washington Post
by Carsey School of Public Policy (2017)
University of South Carolina, Kenneth J. Bennett, 4/13/2018
“The burden of COVID-19 in rural areas has been under the radar, as the toll of the disease so far has been heaviest in dense urban areas. But up to 30% of the U.S. population lives in rural America, which already has experienced more than 128 hospital closures since 2010, including 19 last year….”
Ministerial Statement on COVID-19, Virtual Meeting, 4/21/2020
“…We will guard against any unjustified restrictive measures that could lead to excessive food price volatility in international markets and threaten the food security and nutrition of large proportions of the world population, especially the most vulnerable living in environments of low food security. We agree that emergency measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic must be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary, and that they do not create unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global food supply chains, and are consistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules….”
by Rural Health Web
(2017) CDC press release
(2019) National Institute on Drug Abuse
The Aspen Institute – first in a three-part series, Kathryn Ferguson, Tony Pipa, Natalie Giesmar, 4/14/2020
“The COVID-19 crisis is testing America’s resilience. The rapidly accelerating economic fallout makes concrete the risks for a national economy built on the success of just a few key economic centers. … This includes rural and tribal places—and will require a reimagining of the federal policies intended to support them….”
Pew Stateline Article – Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Michael Ollove, 1/31/2020
“Dr. George Pink is a professor who studies rural health, not a doctor who tries to provide it. For the sake of his own blood pressure, he’s grateful. “Not a day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God I’m an academic and not the CEO of a rural hospital,” Pink says …” as he discusses the challenges, “Recruiting providers, finding money, dealing with payers and lawsuits, dealing with the poor health outcomes, opioid addiction.”
by Lisa Rab (2017) for Politico Magazine
by Dave Barkholz (2017) for modernhealthcare.com
by (2019) for The Washington Post
Duke University, Robert Bonnie, Emily Pechard Diamond, and Elizabeth Rowe, 2/13/2020
“Rural Americans matter—a lot—to the fate of U.S. environmental policy. This study explores: 1) the attitudes of rural Americans toward the environment and environmental policy; 2) what accounts for the apparent rural/urban divide on attitudes toward environmental policy; and 3) whether there are alternative policies, communications strategies, or, more broadly, ways to engage rural voters….”
Washington Post, Andrew Freedman, Darryl Fears, 4/17/2020
“A vast region of the western United states, extending from California, Arizona and New Mexico north to Oregon and Idaho, is in the grips of the first climate change-induced mega drought observed in the past 1,200 years, a study shows. The finding means the phenomenon I no longer a threat for millions to worry about in the future, but is already here.
“The megadrought has emerged while thirsty, expanding cities are on a collision course with the water demands of thousands of farmers and with environmental interests, posing nightmare scenarios for water-managers in fast-growing states…”
AEI Agriculture Economic Insights, David Widmar, 5/4/2020
“Off-Farm vs. On-Farm Metrics” – learn about farm household income by type and distribution of farm debt.
by(2019) for The New York Times
by James Comey (2019) for The Washington Post
Duke University, Nicholas Institute, Robert Bonnie, Emily Pechar Diamond, Elizabeth Rowe, 5/20
“…(1) The rural-urban divide is real but it’s not a divide about who cares more about the environment…
“(2) Rural Americans share core values and strong place identify that shapes their perspectives on environmental conservation…
“(3) Attitudes about government are a fundamental driver of the urban/rural divide on the environment….”