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  • Individual Author: Rubio, Aouie
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2015

    Rubicon Programs transformed its programs through recent strategic planning efforts to address the change in their mission that refocuses their goal on the eradication of poverty. The challenge for the design team was reimagining with fresh eyes the organization’s programs and service delivery model by examining what is needed from a holistic approach to move individuals out of poverty; becoming self-sufficient without recidivating back to poverty levels. This focus on moving people out of poverty and increasing sustainable self-sufficiency and not simply finding employment adds a complex level of program design aspects to consider. It is important for the participant to obtain an entry-level job as well as develop and implement an employment plan that leads to a job that provides with a living wage and the flexibility of employment benefits. In addition to job readiness programming, the whole person approach includes time during the program design planning process to apply Freire’s critical consciousness theory and self-reflection to tease out the root causes of the individual’s...

    Rubicon Programs transformed its programs through recent strategic planning efforts to address the change in their mission that refocuses their goal on the eradication of poverty. The challenge for the design team was reimagining with fresh eyes the organization’s programs and service delivery model by examining what is needed from a holistic approach to move individuals out of poverty; becoming self-sufficient without recidivating back to poverty levels. This focus on moving people out of poverty and increasing sustainable self-sufficiency and not simply finding employment adds a complex level of program design aspects to consider. It is important for the participant to obtain an entry-level job as well as develop and implement an employment plan that leads to a job that provides with a living wage and the flexibility of employment benefits. In addition to job readiness programming, the whole person approach includes time during the program design planning process to apply Freire’s critical consciousness theory and self-reflection to tease out the root causes of the individual’s barriers to continuous positive employment. Rubicon Programs’ bold approach to addressing the issue of poverty through its collaborative and inclusive redesign approach to research and the development of programs demonstrates its commitment to leverage the strengths and voices of its team, program participants and community stakeholders. In addition to affirming many of the common barriers Rubicon’s team was all too familiar, the research findings created an awareness of the need to address learning disabilities as a barrier to employment and leaving poverty. (author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: Van Buren, John
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2014

    Urban gardening has become a very popular trend in the last few years in both affluent neighborhoods as a form of relaxation and in impoverished areas as a form of hunger relief. In impoverished areas, urban gardens are usually exclusively advertised as a solution to limited food access; however, there is a naive belief that these gardens are effective forms of mass food production. Presently, these gardens are not productive enough to globally effect food production and the environment. However, to the communities surrounding the gardens, the effects are immense. Urban gardens are cheap and effective solutions for many of the problems associated with poverty and food deserts. Some of the issues I will address are: obesity, education, social interactions, income supplementation, health issues, dangerous neighborhoods, and refugee assimilation.

    The overall approach will be based on public health and the health of the community. I will address the physical and psychological effects of urban gardens, but I will also touch upon the effects on the ecology and psychology of the...

    Urban gardening has become a very popular trend in the last few years in both affluent neighborhoods as a form of relaxation and in impoverished areas as a form of hunger relief. In impoverished areas, urban gardens are usually exclusively advertised as a solution to limited food access; however, there is a naive belief that these gardens are effective forms of mass food production. Presently, these gardens are not productive enough to globally effect food production and the environment. However, to the communities surrounding the gardens, the effects are immense. Urban gardens are cheap and effective solutions for many of the problems associated with poverty and food deserts. Some of the issues I will address are: obesity, education, social interactions, income supplementation, health issues, dangerous neighborhoods, and refugee assimilation.

    The overall approach will be based on public health and the health of the community. I will address the physical and psychological effects of urban gardens, but I will also touch upon the effects on the ecology and psychology of the neighborhood, urban and suburban planning and its accompanying laws, environmental psychology, and environmental education. I will initially detail some of the consequences associated with living in an impoverished area. I will use the various research and case studies performed, as well as some of my own observations working in these areas. I will then compile the individual research of various solutions to food deserts and assemble them into an analysis of the overall beneficial effects of urban gardens. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Graves, Lorraine
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2014

    There are a disproportionate number of African American children living in poverty who are in need of mental health services. Researchers have highlighted that African American children living in poverty tend to underutilize mental health treatment due to barriers faced by their caregivers; however, far less research has been conducted on the percentage of children who do access mental health treatment, and the experiences of their caregivers in maneuvering through the barriers within their environments. This grounded theory study systematically generated a help-seeking theory that was constructed through the experiences of African American single mothers living in poverty who accessed mental health treatment for their children. Theoretical sampling procedures were employed to recruit a total of 11 mothers who were living in public housing. The qualitative data were collected through semi-structured interviews and ecological maps (ecomaps) and analyzed through open, axial, and selective coding procedures. Results of this study indicated that the mothers engaged in a help-seeking...

    There are a disproportionate number of African American children living in poverty who are in need of mental health services. Researchers have highlighted that African American children living in poverty tend to underutilize mental health treatment due to barriers faced by their caregivers; however, far less research has been conducted on the percentage of children who do access mental health treatment, and the experiences of their caregivers in maneuvering through the barriers within their environments. This grounded theory study systematically generated a help-seeking theory that was constructed through the experiences of African American single mothers living in poverty who accessed mental health treatment for their children. Theoretical sampling procedures were employed to recruit a total of 11 mothers who were living in public housing. The qualitative data were collected through semi-structured interviews and ecological maps (ecomaps) and analyzed through open, axial, and selective coding procedures. Results of this study indicated that the mothers engaged in a help-seeking process that began with the recognition of their children's concerning behaviors and moved through a continuum that consisted of their decision to seek, accept, and remain in mental health treatment. Each phase of the help-seeking process contained influential factors that either delayed or motivated each mother's decision to access mental health treatment for her child. Findings from this study can serve as an evidence basis for expanded advocacy efforts that would move towards reforming the current structure of mental health services for African American children and their families. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Granruth, Laura Brierton
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2009

    The nexus between the level of state tax code progressivity and the well-being of state residents has not been well explored. This research study examines the impact of the level of state tax code progressivity on selected children's educational, health and poverty outcomes using a Keynesian theoretical framework. The changing political framework that devolved an increasing number of social policies and programs to the state level during the past quarter century has affected state governments and has threatened the fiscal capacity of states to raise adequate revenue. In light of increasing state funding responsibilities, it is imperative to understand state tax policy and its capacity to perform adequately and fairly in meeting state residents needs, and in particular, the needs of their most vulnerable residents, including children.

    The study utilizes a research design based on a secondary data analysis of archival data and created a new data set with the state as the unit of analysis. The data set was created through the combination of multiple publicly available data...

    The nexus between the level of state tax code progressivity and the well-being of state residents has not been well explored. This research study examines the impact of the level of state tax code progressivity on selected children's educational, health and poverty outcomes using a Keynesian theoretical framework. The changing political framework that devolved an increasing number of social policies and programs to the state level during the past quarter century has affected state governments and has threatened the fiscal capacity of states to raise adequate revenue. In light of increasing state funding responsibilities, it is imperative to understand state tax policy and its capacity to perform adequately and fairly in meeting state residents needs, and in particular, the needs of their most vulnerable residents, including children.

    The study utilizes a research design based on a secondary data analysis of archival data and created a new data set with the state as the unit of analysis. The data set was created through the combination of multiple publicly available data sources. The research project explores the primary question of "Do states with more progressive tax codes have better educational, health and poverty outcomes for children than states with more regressive tax codes?" through one major hypothesis: Controlling for state characteristics, the greater the level of the state tax code progressivity the better the educational, health and poverty outcomes achieved by children residing in those states.

    The findings show that the level of state tax code progressivity is a factor in the well being of children. Multiple regression analyses found that the level of state tax code progressivity is a predictor for state child and infant mortality rates. Significant interactions also were found for fourth and eighth grade academic proficiency by level of state tax code progressivity and state population size, and for child mortality rate by level of state tax code progressivity and median household income. The findings suggest that tax policy is an important component of social welfare policy and should receive greater attention from the social work profession.  (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Stevenson, Andre’ P.
    Reference Type: Thesis
    Year: 2007

    This article examines a sample of young, unmarried mothers from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and considers how different types of economic support received soon after their first child is born contributes to the later self-sufficiency of young, unmarried mothers. It expands conventional categories of income support—AFDC, food stamps, child support—to include shared housing and relatives' assistance. The model also contains various behaviors of young mothers after the birth of their first child. The findings suggest that certain economic supports assist these mothers and that life choices they make after their child's birth are important to self-sufficiency. (author abstract)

    This article examines a sample of young, unmarried mothers from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and considers how different types of economic support received soon after their first child is born contributes to the later self-sufficiency of young, unmarried mothers. It expands conventional categories of income support—AFDC, food stamps, child support—to include shared housing and relatives' assistance. The model also contains various behaviors of young mothers after the birth of their first child. The findings suggest that certain economic supports assist these mothers and that life choices they make after their child's birth are important to self-sufficiency. (author abstract)

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