Talking About Income Inequality

Topos research for the Ford Foundation establishes a set of framing principles that can help communicators more effectively engage audiences on job quality issues like minimum wage and paid sick leave. This memo considers how the recommended strategy relates to the current widespread conversation about income inequality – and also reflects earlier Topos research experience on topics related to inequality.

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

A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity

From EquityBlog:

More and more, communities and policymakers are beginning to recognize that health happens beyond the doctor’s office. It happens where we live, learn, work, and play.

A new tool from the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention Institute is designed to help community practitioners and public health advocates advance health equity with this broader perspective.

By health equity we mean just and fair inclusion that enables every individual the opportunity to achieve good health. Good health requires access to healthy food, safe places to play and be active, access to public transportation, well-funded schools, and a healthier environment, to name a few.

A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity from CDC and Prevention Institute will help practitioners and advocates advance health equity through community prevention strategies.

Download it here.

Whole Child Initiative


From ASCD:

Launched in 2007, ASCD's Whole Child Initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children. Through the initiative, ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action.

Visit the Whole Child Initiative Website.

Oregon Education Investment Board

From OEIB's website:

OEIB's vision is to advise and support the building, implementation and investment in a unified public education system in Oregon that meets the diverse learning needs of our youngest Oregonians through post-secondary student, and provides boundless opportunities that support success.

By doing so, we ensure 100% high school graduation by 2025 and that Oregon students are college and career ready.  Specifically, we believe that by 2025 we can reach the state's 40-40-20 goals: 40% completing 2-year degree; 40% completing 4-year degree; 20% career ready

Learn more here.

The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations

From Bolder Advocacy:

Released in September 2012, the third edition of The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations explains the different roles and functions of charities, social welfare organizations, PACs and other types of nonprofits. We clarify the federal rules and illuminate the ways these organizations can work together to accomplish common goals.

The third edition reflects the fundamental changes that have occurred in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision inCitizens United v. Federal Election Commission, allowing corporations and labor unions to make independent expenditures, and the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Speech/Nowv.Federal Election Commission permitting a new generation of independent expenditure PACs.

Download it here.

Community Guide to Preventive Services

The Community Guide to Preventive Services summarizes what is known about the effectiveness, economic efficiency, and feasibility of interventions to promote community health and prevent disease. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services makes recommendations for the use of various interventions based on the evidence gathered in rigorous scientific reviews of published studies. 

Click here to view the guide.

Northwest Community Changes Guidebook

This guidebook is designed to give community-based organizations and coalitions practical, easy to use tools and methods for evaluating policy and environmental change initiatives. It is a collaboration between Northwest Health Foundation and six grantees participating in our Alliance for the Promotion of Physical Activity and Nutrition (APPAN) program. While the work was focused on improving opportunities for healthy eating and active living, the methodology is appropriate for policy advocacy toward other goals as well.

Download it here (PDF | 1.8MB)

Electronic Health Record Resource for Community Health Centers

Developed by a team at Portland State University with support of the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund, this handbook is intended to assist community health centers in deciding if, when and how to implement an electronic health record system.

Download it here (PDF | 1.1MB)

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.

Program Evaluation Handbook

Interested in learning about program evaluation? Download the second edition of Program Evaluation: Principles and Practices. The handbook was developed for participants in a training workshop sponsored by NWHF, and is intended for use by a wide audience of nonprofit health services providers. Authors: Sherril B. Gelmon, Anna Foucek, and Amy Waterbury.

Download it here (PDF | 1.5MB)