The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its annual County Health Rankings, and Rhode Island's counties (Providence in particular) seem to be faring worse than the national average on a few measures, and much better on a few, too.
New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession. Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.
The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.
Advocates for the poor gathered in the Statehouse rotunda Wednesday to appeal to lawmakers to address poverty as they begin a new legislative session. The coalition of faith leaders in attendance hope lawmakers will adopt several policy initiatives to fight homelessness and increase assistance for the poor.
Stress can affect developing brains, including the kind of stress that poverty can create. But a strong caregiver can mediate those effects. Those are the findings of a new study in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics. It's not news that stress and poverty can have negative effects.
Rhode Island has a poverty rate of 14%, according to a scorecard from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national think-tank.
The Economic Progress Institute of Rhode Island holds its annual policy conference Thursday to tackle the complex issue of poverty in the Ocean State. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sits down with that organization’s executive director, Kate Brewster.