Can Infrastructure Investments Promote a More Inclusive Economy?

It seems that the spring won't be much more favorable to the economy than the winter--while the April showers may have brought May flowers, according to recent job data, they also brought another 500,000 pink slips.

The New Era of Broadband and Democracy - A Pathway to Digital Inclusiveness

As part of a historic effort to revitalize the economy, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA" or "Recovery Act"), pumping over $700 billion of economic "stimulus" dollars into the U.S. economy.

Health Information Technology A Tool for Health Equity and System Transformation

In these unprecedented times of promise and peril, there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform health and health care in the United States.

Secretary Slater Calls For a National Vision For Transportation

In an interview with FOCUS magazine, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater, Esq. emphasized the importance of a national vision for the future of transportation in the context of the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  He also explained the impact of the infrastructure provisions of the stimulus package on the African American community and the role of black elected officials in this process.  The highlights of the interview follow....

Trends in Child Health 1997-2006: Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Activity Limitation

This brief examines the rates of activity limitation among children under the age of 18 who are African American, Hispanic or white. The data analyzed in this brief relate to children who were reported as having any activity limitation, without specific information as to the cause or severity of the limitation. This analysis makes comparisons between the racial/ethnic groups of children overall and between children of various racial/ethnic groups in families with comparable sociodemographic characteristics.

Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 2

This report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies presents findings from the second year of an initiative to assess what works to enable low-income communities of color to build assets. It highlights predisposing factors and promising practices in 10 states that received low rankings on asset building for low-income people in the 2007-2008 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. The featured states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Texas.