The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources.
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Economists Remain Worried About Slow-Growing Middle Class
June 28, 2019 – FamiliesPew Trusts’ Stateline project explored the growth of the middle class by state, finding that while many states saw growth between 2016 and 2017, only Nebraska and the District of Columbia have a middle class as large as in 2000. Maine was one of the states where the middle class (defined as households earning between 66% and 200% of the state’s size-adjusted median household income) grew between 2016 and 2017, to 53.8 percent of all households. The report concludes with reminders that growth in the middle class should be interpreted as a positive indicator only if its growth is because people are moving up from lower-income groups, and not falling from higherincome ones; it is unclear whether this is the case for Maine.
Poll: Four in Ten Rural Americans Report Problems Paying for Medical Bills, Housing, or Food
June 28, 2019 – FamiliesFindings from a new poll on Rural America—a collaboration between NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—were published. Results show that 40 percent of rural Americans have struggled to pay medical, housing, or food bills in the past few years, and that nearly half could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. While rural residents have warm feelings about their communities, incomes, access to broadband internet, and homelessness remain important challenges for residents.
Wellness Check: Food Insecurity Among Families with Infants and Toddlers
Report: Does Supportive Housing Keep Families Together?
Neighborhood Qualities and Parenting Among Mothers With Young Children
May 29, 2019 – FamiliesA study in the Journal of Family Issues explored the associations between neighborhood social processes (e.g., social disorder) and parenting qualities among mothers of children age 2-4. Higher levels of positive neighborhood characteristics were associated with reduced parenting stress and higher positive parenting qualities for all mothers, but neighborhood social processes were especially impactful for single mothers. The author suggests that enhancing neighborhood supports can be helpful for promoting healthier parenting across multiple dimensions, particularly for single mothers
Child Care and Housing: Big Expenses With Too Little Help Available
May 24, 2019 – FamiliesA new joint report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) focuses on assistance programs targeting two critical family expenses: child care and housing. The report finds that due to insufficient funding, only one in six eligible children receives child care assistance and one in five eligible families with children receives housing assistance. The authors indicate that both assistance programs are effective: for instance, housing vouchers reduced housing instability by four-fifths, and homelessness by three-quarters. The report encourages policymakers to consider elevating funding for these programs in their funding discussions around non-defense discretionary programs.
Opioid and Substance Use Disorder and Receipt of Treatment Among Parents Living With Children in the United States, 2015-2017
May 24, 2019 – FamiliesA new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine explores the prevalence of opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD) among parents of resident children. The authors found that 0.9% of parents were living with OUD; those parents were more often low income, non-Hispanic white, and to have Medicaid than parents who were living with non-OUD SUDs. Parents with OUD were more likely to receive treatment than parents with other kinds of SUDs, but rates of treatment were less than one-third in this group. The authors suggest that primary care practitioners can play an important role in screening, diagnosing, and supporting patients with treatment decision-making.
What it would take to achieve quality jobs for all workers?
May 24, 2019 – FamiliesThe Urban Institute published a detailed report exploring "What would it take to achieve quality jobs for all workers." Based on interviews, focus groups, and round tables with key stakeholders, the report identifies required actions from an array of business, policy, private players, including legislators, employers, industries, nonprofit agencies, and workers themselves. The report concludes with a list of priorities for better understanding how to improve job quality, including gathering additional data on non-standard work, a key area in which job quality may need to be improved.
Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies
Improving ACA Subsidies for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers Is Key to Increasing Coverage
May 16, 2019 – FamiliesA new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) posits that the key to increasing health insurance coverage is to expand subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act. Although cost is the main barrier to coverage for uninsured populations, the majority of the uninsured have low incomes and are eligible for ACA marketplace options. CBPP suggests that costs of expanded subsidies could be met by scaling back the tax cuts from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.