3rd Grade Reading Success Matters: Growing Healthy Readers

"The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the 140+ communities working with the Campaign are dedicated to narrowing the gap between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers. This video shows why that gap occurs and how we can close it. " - Campaign for Third Grade Reading

From the Anne E Casey Foundation's Campaign for Third Grade Reading:

Growing Healthy Readers: Taking Action to Support the Health Determinants of Early School Success is a full series of resource guides for incorporating Children’s Health and Learning Priorities into action plans for improving school readiness, school attendance and summer learning.

The Growing Healthy Readers series was developed by the Campaign’s Healthy Readers team and will help community- and state-level coalitions determine how to take action on priority issues that affect children’s health and learning. Each guide includes research documenting the effects on learning, strategies for improving outcomes and case studies of effective local programs.

Get the Resource Guides here.

Diversitykids.org: A powerful tool to analyze & compare data on child wellbeing

diversitydatakids.org is a comprehensive information system to monitor the state of wellbeing, diversity, opportunity and equity for U.S. children. You can create your own community profiles, analyze data, compare communities and build a case for investments in early life.

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Childre

With the release of its latest KIDS COUNT policy report -- Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children -- the Annie E. Casey Foundation hosted a national discussion on kids, race and opportunity.

From The Annie E. Casey Foundation :

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level.

The index is based on 12 indicators that measure a child’s success in each stage of life, from birth to adulthood, in the areas of early childhood; education and early work; family supports; and neighborhood context. The report also makes four policy recommendations to help ensure that all children and their families achieve their full potential.

Download the report here.

Disparities in Access and Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities in Portland

From the Coalition for a Livable Future's Connections Journal:

This paper by Michael Szporluk of the Portland Commission on Disability, discusses key equity concerns for persons with disabilities, a population that makes up approximately 15-20% of our region’s residents, including more than a third of seniors.  The paper highlights disparities affecting persons with disabilities by examining six issue areas: housing, infrastructure, transit, education, employment, and health outcomes.  It also discusses intersecting issues of race and gender.

Download it here.

Healthcare for whom?

From United for a Fair Economy:

UFE's eleventh annual MLK Day report–Healthcare for Whom?–explores the racial economic implications of one of the most important human rights issues and public policy debates of the day: healthcare. The report looks at both disparate health outcomes–driven largely by racial segregation and concentrated poverty–and the current state-by-state fights over implementing the Affordable Care Act.

The report also includes the latest data on racial disparities in education, employment, income, poverty and wealth that indicate the dream of racial equity, as so clearly articulated by Dr. King, remains unfinished.

For the first time, this MLK Day report includes an "organizers toolbox" with a series of interactive workshops organizers can use at local worker centers, union halls, church groups, and community groups to examine the causes and consequences of the racial wealth divide and move people to action.

Get the report and other tools here.

Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile

People of color consistently lag behind whites on nearly every indicator, from poverty rates to jobs. This is why the report concludes that Multnomah County is a “uniquely toxic place” for people of color, especially when comparing Multnomah County to other counties throughout the United States. NWHF served as the primary funder of this report, which was one of the outcomes of a community-based participatory research project. 

Download the report (and other reports, disaggregated by community) here.

A Path to Prosperity: Four strategies to reduce Oregon’s poverty rate to 10% by 2020

At the 2013 Oregon Leadership Summit, the Oregon Business Plan issued a report with the help of the Prosperity Initiative Team outlining the opportunities to reduce poverty in Oregon.

Download the report here.

An Intro to Community-Based Participatory Research

Community-Based Participatory Research uses a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. This introduction outlines the approach, principles and methods of CBPR.

Download it here (PDF | 1.3MB)

Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon

How much giving by Oregon foundations is reaching Oregon’s communities of color? Find out in this report from December 2010, Prepared by the Foundation Center on behalf of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GOSW). 

Download Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon (PDF | 4.6 MB)
Download Grantmaking to Communities of Color at Northwest Health Foundation 2008-2012 (PDF | 169k)

Collective Impact

From FSG:

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. Substantially greater progress could be made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems if nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public were brought together around a common agenda to create collective impact. Published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011.

Read the report, view videos and other resources here.

America’s Tomorrow: Why Equity is the Superior Growth Model

From PolicyLink:

The face of America is changing, and the fate of America hinges on how we react to – and invest in – those changes. Written with our partner, the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, America's Tomorrow makes the case that racial and economic inclusion is critical to succeeding in the global economy.

Download it here.

Health equity through action on the social determinants of health

From the World Health Organization: "Social justice is a matter of life and death. It affects the way people live, their consequent chance of illness, and their risk of premature death. We watch in wonder as life expectancy and good health continue to increase in parts of the world and in alarm as they fail to improve in others."

Download it here (new window).

Promoting Health Equity

From CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

This workbook is for community-based organizations, public health practitioners, and community health partners seeking to create health equity by addressing the social determinants of health.This workbook is for community-based organizations, public health practitioners, and community health partners seeking to create health equity by addressing the social determinants of health.

Download it here.