County Plans Overview, 2017

County Plans Overview, 2017

From September 2016 to June 2017, thirteen Utah counties were selected by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to develop local strategic plans to address high rates of intergenerational poverty. These thirteen local plans can be found in their entirety here. A summary or overview of the plans created by DWS explains commonalities between...

Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2017

Under the leadership of Utah’s Lieutenant Governor, leaders in 11 rural counties and two urban counties were engaged to develop local plans that align with the Commission’s goals to reduce IGP among Utah children and their families. The focus on local solutions recognizes the strengths and unique challenges that exist within communities to address...

The Dignity Gap

For some Americans, dignity isn’t a right so much as it’s a commodity. Or at least it is according to Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, who makes this argument in his article for Foreign Affairs, “The Dignity Deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ Sense of Purpose.” Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Brooks about...

Intergenerational Trauma Among American Indians

Trauma has been garnering more and more attention over the past few years, with the rampant climb of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the understanding of what can cause it. Intergenerational trauma among American Indians is an area of study that has just started to generate attention from communities inside Indian country, academia and the medical...

Report: Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2016

Key findings in the 2016 annual report include struggles in early childhood development, lack of children’s health care, childhood homelessness and juvenile justice system involvement. The report incorporates new indicators to continue developing the state’s understanding of the challenges and barriers confronting families experiencing...

Congress Begins to Wrap Its Mind Around Intergenerational Poverty

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) have introduced the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act pushing the federal government to collaborate and innovate with states on intergenerational poverty. View Senator Collins’ remarks. Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, too, has joined the effort. This new focus from Congress comes...

Poverty is a Thriving Industry in Utah

The purpose of the War on Poverty in 1964 was to have the “maximum feasible participation of the poor” involved in planning, employment and implementation of the program. Its intent was supposed to eliminate the middleman in the delivery of services to the poor. However, soon after the program started, the professionals saw it as a threat and took it...

Report: Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2015

Utah communities impacted by intergenerational poverty are increasingly utilizing the data contained in these annual reports. These communities are attaining greater understanding of the educational and economic outcomes of families and beginning to discuss local solutions to these challenges....

Report: Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2014

The most significant development in the 2014 report is the inclusion of data from the other four agencies providing services to children and their families: Department of Health (DOH), Department of Human Services (“DHS”), Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Utah Juvenile Courts....

Report: Intergenerational Poverty in Utah, 2013

These findings and other work from the Committee and Commission suggest that more research should be done in the realm of mental health events and the differences in outcomes of early childhood educational services for the children of adults experiencing intergenerational poverty....

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