Monthly Archives: September 2011

U.S. Ranks Last Among High-Income Nations on Preventable Deaths

The United States ranks last among 16 high-income, industrialized nations when it comes to deaths that could potentially have been prevented with timely access to effective health care, according to a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study in the journal Health Policy.

Based on an analysis by Ellen Nolte and Martin McKee, other nations lowered their “amenable mortality” rates an average of 31 percent from 1997–98 to 2006–07, while the U.S. rate declined by only 20 percent, from 120 to 96 per 100,000 people. At the end of the decade, the amenable mortality rate in the U.S. was almost twice that in France, which had the lowest at 55 per 100,000.

Source: Excerpted From The Common Wealth Fund 9/28/11

New Analysis of the 2010 Census Labor Statistics

The National Women’s Law Center’s analysis of 2010 Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics state data is now available, and we wanted to share [their] findings. The series of state-specific fact sheets covers:

  • Poverty rates among women by race and ethnicity,
  • Poverty rates among children,
  • The wage gap,
  • Health insurance coverage for women and children, and
  • Women’s unemployment.

The series is available online at:

Source: Excerpted from The National Women’s Law Center 9/28/2011

Policies for Building the Middle Class and Sharing Prosperity

A robust middle class and broadly shared prosperity are the foundations of a strong economy. This means access to good American jobs, wages, and benefits for a hard day’s work, and the guarantee of retiring with dignity and some measure of economic security.

But a middle class does not just happen; it is built by deliberate policy choices that restore the American Dream, and through effective government that, in partnership with business, guarantees prosperity for all Americans, not just those at the top.

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Green Construction Careers Programs: A Model for Workers, Communities, the Environment and a Better Construction Industry

From the Partnership for Working Families:

Green Construction Careers Programs: A Model for Workers, Communities, the Environment and a Better Construction Industry. 

It’s no secret that working families are struggling in the current economy.  Nationwide, leaders are searching for solutions to get people back to work and rebuild the American Dream.  The Partnership for Working Families is excited to report that local governments have found success by adopting Green Construction Careers Programs to build greener cities and create high quality jobs for local residents.  Through these programs, cities are promoting a greener way of life by building more energy efficient homes and buildings.  They are using aggressive job quality standards and targeted hiring programs to create high quality construction jobs for local residents. And contractors are benefiting from access to a better trained workforce in the midst of a significant labor shortage in the construction industry.

Our new report proves that these programs work!  This twelve page report highlights several programs which will:

  • Create jobs to retrofit 140,000 homes in Massachusetts for energy efficiency,
  • Hire local residents to fill 70% of construction jobs renovating, repairing and revitalizing San Diego schools, and
  • Put an anticipated 7,500 local residents to work in apprentice-level jobs over the next five years in Los Angeles.

The report can be accessed by clicking here.

Mapping Essential State and County Data on Federal Spending and Social Well-being

The Federal Priorities Database, a new resource unveiled today by the National Priorities Project, is a tool allowing interested parties to compare the social impacts of national spending. The database keeps a pulse on social indicators and federal spending, logging data at the state, county, and school district levels.

The website will continue to expand and will include the American Community Survey poverty-related data after 22nd of September.

You can access the database here.