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IASP in the News

"We're ignoring an American apocalypse: While everyone obsesses about Trump, the middle class is still rapidly dying" by Robert Hennelly in Salon

"Racial Wealth Gap's Latest Research" by John Hoxie in Inequality.org

"Which Policies Will Cut the Racial Wealth Gap?" by Amy Traub in Spotlight on Poverty

"Lack of diversity in Oscar nominations sign of larger exclusion problem in U.S., world" by Lewis Diuguid in Kansas City Star

"5 Women Civil Rights Leaders You Should Know" by Suzannah Weiss in Bustle

"Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt While Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap" in Philanthropy News Digest

"Why Black Millennials Can't Seem to Get Ahead" by Nicholas Muiruri in The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

"Forgiving Student Debt Might Not Be a Win for All Students" by Joseph Williams in TakePart

"Why So Many Minority Millennials Can't Get Ahead" by Mel Jones in The Atlantic

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What's New

February 2016

Meschede delivers talks in Germany

Research Director Tatjana Meschede will be delivering two lectures on racial wealth disparities in Germany this month. February 4 she speaks at the Sociology Department of the Technical University in Dresden, and on February 16 she will repeat this talk at the Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof in Stuttgart. Meschede will discuss trends, drivers, and policies to turn the course of the ongoing and widening racial wealth disparities in the US.

January 2016   

New reports on homeless shelter users issued

IASP, in partnership with Father Bill's & MainSpring, completed two reports on the characteristics and service needs of homeless shelter users (read the report here) and the successes and limitations of current service delivery approaches in the shelter system (read the report here). This information will support strategic planning for improved shelter models that include day centers for homeless individuals.   

New brief focusing on NH's healthcare workforce published

The latest brief focusing on the healthcare workforce in New Hampshire and elsewhere, Improving Quality and Performance: Cultural Competence and Workforce Diversity Strategies, shows that employing a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community while simultaneously achieving cultural competence benchmarks can have multiple benefits including a positive impact on the bottom line.

December 2015

Policy Link and IASP co-host webinar on Tipping the Scale brief

As a follow-up to the publication of "Tipping the Scale: How Assets Shape Economic Wellbeing for Women and Families," a webinar was held December 10 jointly by IASP and Policy Link. 

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IASP Impact

The new Annie E. Casey Foundation brief, Investing in Tomorrow: Helping Families Build Savings and Assets, draws on IASP's research on the racial wealth gap.

IASP Director Thomas Shapiro spoke to CFED staff on American's growing racial wealth divide in the first of CFED's Race & Wealth podcasts

Sen. Elizabeth Warren used IASP's research in her September 27, 2015 speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate.  

cover of Less Debt, More Equity"Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt while Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap"

With rising numbers of young people accumulating student debt as they strive for a higher degree and a more secure economic future, the growing financial burden of student debt on young households is increasingly highlighted on the agendas of policymakers and the media.  However, policy conversations to date have failed to address the racial disparities that exist in student borrowing and how student debt impacts the racial wealth gap among young households. 

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and Demos released “Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt while Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap” to add a racial equity lens to the discussion.  Using the Racial Wealth Audit™, a framework developed at IASP to assess the impacts of policies on the racial wealth gap, this report highlights how new policies can both lower overall student debt burdens and reduce racial wealth disparities among young households. Such reforms must be designed carefully, directing debt relief towards low and moderate income households.  With momentum growing to address the burden of student loans, policymakers and advocates have the opportunity to develop solutions that could halt the growing tide of student debt while also reducing the substantial racial wealth gap among young households.

Shapiro discusses the Racial Wealth AuditTM

Featured Projects

Improving Quality and Performance: Cultural Competence and Workforce Diversity Strategies

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The latest brief focusing on the healthcare workforce in New Hampshire and elsewhere, Improving Quality and Performance: Cultural Competence and Workforce Diversity Strategies, shows that employing a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community while simultaneously achieving cultural competence benchmarks can have multiple benefits including a positive impact on the bottom line.

Systems Change in Service Delivery for Homeless Families: Building and Leveraging Networks to Improve Service Provision

image of Systems paperIn 2012, the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation, in partnership with the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, spearheaded a new service model for homeless families that integrates employment and housing services to provide holistic support to families in crisis. This model, called Secure Jobs, met with widespread support and now serves seven cities in Massachusetts, is launching in Connecticut, and has been showcased nationally. The third brief in this series describes Secure Jobs as an application of systems thinking.  Systems thinking suggests that a social problem needs to be viewed holistically in order to understand and address its multiple sources in a coordinated effort with sustained impact.  By forging a strong link between traditionally separated services, Secure Jobs creates the infrastructure to institutionalize service provision through a collaborative network, in which providers of different types of services partner with each other to examine and address clients’ multiple challenges in an integrated package.

For more information about this project, please contact Tatjana Meschede at (781) 736-8678.

"Tipping the Scale: How Assets Shape Economic Wellbeing for Women and Families"

click here to download briefCaregiving responsibilities and changes in household composition, such as divorce or separation, create financial challenges that disproportionately affect women. The seventh brief in the Leveraging Mobility series, “Tipping the Scale: How Assets Shape Economic Wellbeing for Women and Families,” examines how families leverage neighborhood, institutional, and personal resources to protect against these gendered, wealth-stripping forces. Framed by national trends that point to racial disparities in access to these resources, the brief uses comparative case studies to explore how unequal access shapes the set of strategies and trade-offs available to women and their families. A webinar cosponsored by IASP and PolicyLink was held on December 10

The Dual Impacts of Good Jobs and Good Health

IASP is wrapping up a multi-year research partnership in New Hampshire designed to investigate challenges and opportunities related to workforce diversity in health care. Findings from the Healthcare Employer Research Initiative, a federally-funded initiative with the NH Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, highlight the role that healthcare employers play as key drivers of workforce diversity and inclusion. In addition, the study Beyond Supply and Demand, funded by the Endowment for Health, offers insights into how healthcare professionals access opportunity and navigate career paths through networks.  Together, these studies point to a need for new collaborative program models and innovative policies for employment and economic inclusion.  Efforts to employ and advance diverse health professionals are critical for creating a secure workforce and economy through good jobs and good health for all.  All of the studies may be found here.

For more information, please contact Jessica Santos at (781) 736-8680 or Janet Boguslaw at (781) 736-3738.

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