Poverty: 2010 and 2011, American Community Survey Briefs
This report, created by the US Census Bureau, uses income and household relationship data from the 2010 and 2011 American Community Surveys (ACS), to compare poverty rates for the nation, states, and large metropolitan statistical areas. The report also summarizes the distribution of people by income-to-poverty ratios for states and the District of Columbia.
Report Finds Wide Variation in Federal Public Health Funding to States
Investing in America's Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, documents the differences in federal dollars spent for public health by state and through the years. The report documents funding amounts from various sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and state budgets. The data shows vast differences from state to state in both funding levels and health outcomes for residents.
Rankings Reveal Health Disparities, County by County
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released its annual health rankings which analyze health data for every county in the nation. The results show stark disparities between the health of residents living only miles apart. The report measures a county's overall health outcomes, as well as factors impacting individual health, including rates of smoking, obesity and access to clinical care. An interactive website presents the data using color-coded state maps.
Hunger Initiative Maps Food Insecurity, Food Budget Shortfall
A new report from Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks, maps food insecurity by county and state based on factors including income level, race and ethnicity, and unemployment rates. The Map the Meal Gap study also estimates each county's annual "food budget shortfall," representing the amount of additional money food insecure individuals would need to cover food expenses for their households.
Report Simulates Demographics of the Uninsured after Health Reform
Who Will Be Uninsured After Health Insurance Reform?, a new report from the Urban Institute, examines the "changing composition, state by state, of those who will remain uninsured" after the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Using a simulation of the coverage provisions of the ACA, the report shows the following distribution of remaining uninsured adults:
36.5%: Qualify for Medicaid
24.5%: Undocumented immigrants
16.2%: Have no affordable insurance option (exempted from insurance mandate)
15.3%: Qualify for an affordable, unsubsidized private insurance option
7.5%: Qualify for subsidized coverage through insurance exchange
As a region, the South would have a large proportion of individuals who would qualify for Medicaid or exchange subsidies, suggesting that many would "benefit from outreach programs designed to encourage enrollment."
The Latino Age Wave: Anticipating Needs for Successful Aging
New research from Hispanics in Philanthropy examines the impact of a growing Latino population on aging in the United States. The report points out the difference in growth of the white and Latino populations aged 65 and over: between 2008 and 2030, the number of white older adults will increase by 65 percent, while the number of Latino older adults will increase by 228 percent. The Latino Age Wave includes demographic and socioeconomic data on the Latino population and an assessment of Latino-serving organizations nationwide to inform recommendations for serving this specific aging population.
If you're a funder interested in aging issues, join us for our monthly EngAGEment Initiative webinars. Or to join SECF's EngAGEment Initiative group, e-mail Pattie Johnson.