Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness programs and strategies for communities are designed to promote healthy living and give information about how to combat health risks in a community. From obesity to diabetes to mental health issues, communities are implementing a variety of programs at the family, school and community level to educate and treat a variety of conditions. A well-informed community is a healthy community.
Health risks can be difficult barriers to thriving for young people to navigate. In this brief, Catalano and colleagues provide a broad overview of prevention science and summarize research on risk and protective factors that reduce adolescent health problems in high‐, low‐, and middle‐income countries.
Children do not often figure in discussions of incarceration, but new research finds more than five million U.S. children have had at least one parent in prison at one time or another—about three times higher than earlier estimates that included only children with a parent currently incarcerated. This report uses the National Survey of Children’s Health to examine both the prevalence of parental incarceration and child outcomes associated with it.
For the first time in U.S. history the nation’s high school graduation rate rose above 80 percent, according to the 2014 Building a GradNation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic report released April 28 by Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education. While more than eight in 10 public high school students are graduating on time, Building a GradNation shows more good news: the number of students enrolled in dropout factories has dropped 47 percent over the last decade, students of color have led the way in increasing graduation rates and leaving dropout factory high schools, and these increases have come as standards to graduate have gotten tougher.
This Research Brief examines the prevalence of depressive symptoms among mothers who recently applied for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) in Maryland. The analysis describes risk factors associated with experiencing depressive symptoms, and the associations between depressive symptoms and maternal stress about parenting.
The rich information gathered from this evaluation has laid the foundation for the Family Finding evidence base. This evaluation represents a significant step in beginning a conversation based on evidence, to help further examine the conditions in which Family Finding is and is not effective. Along with other evaluations currently being implemented, this evaluation makes an important contribution to the overall knowledge base focused on improved family engagement within child welfare practices, programs, and policies.