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Health and eating behavior differs between lean/normal and overweight/obese low-income women living in food-insecure environments

Individual Author: 
Dressler, Heidi
Smith, Chery

 

Purpose.

To explore differences and similarities in environmental, personal, and behavioral factors influencing eating behavior among low-income women of varying weight status.

Design.

Focus groups (n = 16) were used to collect qualitative data. Quantitative data collected included demographic, lifestyle, and anthropometric (heights and weights).

Setting.

Community centers, libraries, and homeless shelters in low-income neighborhoods.

Participants.

Measuring caseload dynamics and earnings outcomes for TANF participants: State experiences from a Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center initiative

Individual Author: 
Gjertson, Leah
George, Robert
Wiegand, Emily

This presentation was given at the 57th National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Workshop in 2019. The presentation, moderated by Mark Fauth, highlights efforts by states to measure caseload dynamics and earnings outcomes for TANF participants through the Family Self Sufficiency Data Center Initiative. 

Breaking the cycle of poverty by designing programs for all family members

Individual Author: 
Gruber, Tracy S.
Muñoz, Henrietta
Fagundes, Kate Probert

This presentation is from the 57th National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Workshop. it presentation provides an overview of the impact of poverty, low education, and employment opportunities across generations in perpetuating poverty. The presentation presents the effect of whole family programs that could help to mitigate poverty across generations. 

The intersection of low-wage work and public assistance: Workers’ experiences in Minnesota

Individual Author: 
Coffey, Amelia
Hahn, Heather
Park, Yuju

This is a qualitative study of low-wage workers in two Minnesota communities who recently experienced either voluntary or involuntary job separation. The study confronts a false dichotomy that people are either working or on public assistance. The study analyzes workers’ experiences in low-wage, unstable jobs, reasons for separating from jobs, and the roles public assistance and other supports play in their lives. The study offers key insights from workers themselves on how jobs and assistance programs may be improved to help them achieve greater stability and economic security.

Youth–Adult connectedness: A key protective factor for adolescent health

Individual Author: 
Sieving, Renee E.
McRee, Annie-Laurie
McMorris, Barbara J.
Shlafer, Rebecca J.
Gower, Amy L.
Kapa, Hillary M.
Beckman, Kara J.
Plowman, Shari L.
Resnick, Michael D.
Doty, Jennifer L.

Over the past 30 years, prevention science in the adolescent health field has moved from interventions focused on preventing single problem behaviors to efforts employing a dual approach, addressing risk factors that predict problems while simultaneously nurturing protective factors and promoting positive development. Through an examination of previous research and empirical case examples with vulnerable youth, this article considers the hypothesis that adolescents’ sense of connectedness to caring adults acts as a protective factor against a range of risk behaviors.

Effects of four responsible fatherhood programs for low-income fathers: Evidence from the parents and children together evaluation

Individual Author: 
Avellar, Sarah
Covington, Reginald
Moore, Quinn
Patnaik, Ankita
Wu, April

Children who are supported emotionally and financially by their fathers fare better, on average, than those without such support. Despite wanting to be strong parents, providers, and partners, many low-income fathers struggle to fulfill these roles. Recognizing both the importance of fathers and the challenges that they might face, Congress has authorized and funded grants for Responsible Fatherhood (RF) programs for more than a decade. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S.

Data collection and analysis plan: Family Options Study

Individual Author: 
Gubits, Daniel
Wood, Michelle
McInnis, Debi
Brown, Scott
Spellman, Brooke
Bell, Stephen
Shinn, Marybeth

The objective of the Family Options Study is to provide research evidence to help federal policymakers, community planners, and local practitioners make sound decisions about the best ways to address homelessness among families. The study will compare four combinations of housing and service interventions for homeless families who have been in emergency shelters for at least seven days. The study is conducted as a rigorous, multi-site experiment, to determine what interventions work best to promote family stability and well-being.

Implementation of a goal-oriented approach to providing employment services to cash assistance recipients: The Lifelong Learning Initiative in Ramsey County, Minnesota

Individual Author: 
Martinson, Karin
Cook, Rachel

This report describes the early implementation of the Ramsey County, Minnesota, Lifelong Learning Initiative (LLI). The LLI uses a goal-oriented approach to help recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, known as the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), set their own employment-focused goals and break them into smaller, manageable, and achievable tasks.

Findings from in-depth interviews with participants in subsidized employment programs

Individual Author: 
Fink, Barbara

Subsidized employment and transitional jobs programs seek to increase employment and earnings among individuals who have not been able to find employment on their own. First-hand accounts of participants’ experiences in these programs can inform efforts to improve long-term employment outcomes for various “hard-to-employ” populations.