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Inequality: Shifting the Spotlight From Wall Street to Your Street

Kristen Lewis | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

Thanks to the Great Recession, Occupy Wall Street, and the ensuing focus on the "1 percent," the gulf between the richest and the rest is now acknowledged. While income inequality is enjoying its moment in the sun, other forms of inequality are getting far less attention.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 12.01.2011 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

The SPM takes a broader, far more illuminating view of poverty than the traditional poverty measure does. But at the end of the day, a broader definition of poverty is still needed.

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Measuring Opportunity For The American Dream: Opportunity Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact

NEW YORK -- As of Friday morning, every state and nearly every county in the U.S. has been given an "opportunity score" to determine where in the coun...

Poverty Kills. Better Policy, Not Better Medicine, Is the Solution

Kristen Lewis | Posted 09.25.2011 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

Poverty kills. Addressing the underlying social and economic conditions that breed poverty and ill health -- in other words, better policy, not better medicine -- is the solution.

Measuring a Better Life

Kristen Lewis | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

It's no surprise that GDP is no longer the first place economists, policymakers, and individuals go to answer the question "how are people really doing?"

Which California Are You?

Kristen Lewis | Posted 07.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Kristen Lewis

Wouldn't it be great if an objective, fact-based tool existed to identify the most strategic levers for change -- to help keep California from losing its edge? Such a tool now exists.

Health Care Reform Passed, Now What?

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

In 1999, the government launched Healthy People 2010, an ambitious project to narrow the disparities in health outcomes for different groups. But it failed. Now that health care reform has passed, it's time for Healthy People 2020.

Life Span Of African-Americans In New Orleans Rivals North Koreans

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The average life span for African-Americans living in New Orleans is nearly as low as average life expectancy in North Korea, according to A Portrait ...