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W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
As the country becomes more diverse, schools that successfully engage all families will transform learning and leadership. This executive summary captures "takeways" from partnerships forged by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to create environments where teachers, families and community members can effectively collaborate and share power.
Arizona Coalition To End Sexual And Domestic Violence;
This report, despite the best efforts of all of those working at ACESDV over the years, is not intended to be an official record of all domestic violence fatalities in Arizona. The names and stories included in this report were added if they met a set criteria created by those who monitor and track fatalities. Some of the data collected in this report is incomplete due to a multitude of variables including a lack of information available to the public. In 2017, ACESDV staff changes may have contributed to decreased tracking. ACESDV Fatality reports from the last 5 years have indicated an average of 116 domestic violence related fatalities. If you have any additional information on these cases, or cases we may not have listed, please contact ACESDV at email@example.com.
Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona;
Many Arizona families, particularly single mothers with young children, face substantial challenges in meeting their economic needs. Almost one in three (29%) children under age six in the state lives in poverty, putting them at risk for a host of future economic, health, and social concerns. Currently, the vast majority of Arizona low-income single mothers do not have any kind of post-secondary degree, which substantially limits their job prospects and earning potential. In order for these parents to pursue training and education for higher-earning jobs, affordable childcare is crucial. However, childcare issues in Arizona are particularly pronounced. These factors, taken together, highlight an opportunity for two-generation programs to transform the fate of many Arizona families. Short-term investment in targeted training programs coupled with childcare support for those engaged in these workforce development activities (known as a two-generation approach) could lead to long-term savings for the state and benefit for both mothers and their children.
Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona;
Arizona faces a skills gap. Simultaneously, a vast majority of single mothers with young children lack any kind of postsecondary degree, which substantially limits their job prospects and earning potential - leaving them to rely on assistance benefits. But in order for these parents to pursue training and education for higher-earning skilled jobs, affordable childcare is crucial. With the right support, this population can fill Arizona jobs.
The wealth of Arizona's cities and towns depends largely on youth receiving good educations and contributing to their communities. School and work are central to ensuring that youth develop knowledge and skills needed to lead successful lives.
Carsey School of Public Policy at The University of New Hampshire;
Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—the federal program that extends health insurance coverage to low income children not eligible for traditional Medicaid—officially expired on September 30, 2017. Given that states implement CHIP in different ways, states will run out of funds at different times, with twelve states exhausting their federal allotment by the end of 2017 (see Figure 1).
Several of these states are populous, and together are home to nearly 9 million—or 30 percent—of the nation's publicly insured children, and to one in five publicly insured rural children. Lawmakers are discussing how to fund reauthorization, and in the meantime, children may become uninsured or switch to more expensive and less comprehensive alternate plans in the interim. As states begin planning for these transitions, legislators should consider both administrative costs and potential effects on family health and finances.
Vitalyst Health Foundation;
Since 2010, hundreds of thousands of Arizonans have obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. This report takes a look at how the ACA has impacted insurer participation, affordability and network adequacy for Arizona's private Marketplace.
National Congress of American Indians;
A growing number of tribal nations are designing innovative approaches to cultivate the abilities of their citizens to successfully pursue careers that will empower those nations to create the futures they seek. NCAI's Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) has embarked on a project that works collaboratively with selected tribal nations to document their innovative approaches and share them with Indian Country. The following presents the story of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, the fourth of four "Innovation Spotlight" case studies that PTG developed as part of this project. The four case studies were followed by a workforce development toolkit for tribal leaders and key decision-makers, which was released in 2018. The toolkit explores common challenges and emerging trends in tribal workforce development, and also presents lessons learned, policy recommendations, and questions to consider for tribal leaders and workforce development practitioners.
As two of the nation's leading nonprofit small business lenders, Accion, The US Network (Accion) and Opportunity Fund help entrepreneurs thrive by providing affordable capital and support services so they can start a new business endeavor or grow an existing enterprise.
Accion and Opportunity Fund came together to develop a first-of-its-kind national longitudinal study of the impact of small business loans in the United States. With lead funding from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and with support from S&P Global, the study aims to uncover the qualitative impacts of lending on individuals, their businesses, and their broader communities. This study, conducted by Harder+Company Community Research, builds on the body of previous evaluation work that showed small businesses that receive loans create and retain jobs, increase revenue, and have high business survival rates. Following a cohort of more than 500 borrowers across the country, this study examines how business owners define success and how access to finance improves their entrepreneurial goals, financial health, and quality of life. By focusing on the longer-term impacts of small business lending while examining variations due to business type, geography, and other factors, the study will help deepen our understanding of how mission-based business lending impacts individuals, families, and communities.
This report includes preliminary findings collected during this first phase of the study. While entrepreneurs reported perceived and actual impact to date, these changes will be tracked over time to examine the ways in which they are or are not sustained, and how these changes compare across and within lending regions.
Vitalyst Health Foundation;
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are reimagining care coordination. Achieving the Promise of Accountable Care Organizations: Progress in Arizona provides an in-depth, qualitative analysis of ACOs from across the state.
National Immigration Law Center;
For the authors and supporters of Arizona's most notorious anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, the existence of the United States as a nation was being threatened by unauthorized immigration. Specifically, this threat was understood to come from immigrants entering the U.S. from Mexico. Their argument claimed that the nation could be saved from this threat only through the strict and punitive enforcement of the country's immigration laws, even by way of flagrant racial profiling. Using the words of the very individuals who authored SB 1070—and of those who share that worldview—this report unmasks the underlying racism that motivated such an egregious law.
In 2010, Arizona was ground zero for anti-immigrant sentiment and legislation, drawing national and even international headlines for SB 1070, the "show me your papers" law. Activists responded to form the nonpartisan One Arizona, aimed at promoting full electoral participation of Latino citizens, especially infrequent and first-time voters. Three years later, the coalition expanded to target young citizens and unmarried women while continuing to focus on voter registration, voter mobilization, and election protection.
How successful have One Arizona's efforts been to date, and where should it look in the future? This evaluation study aims to answer that question by drawing on 28 structured one-on-one key stakeholder interviews and a statistical analysis of five years of voter engagement and turnout results. It's also important to look back at the deep roots of the current climate for Latinos in Arizona, stretching back to the politically charged history of Mexican-American civic and political incorporation into the United States, and the disenfranchisement and racism that followed in the Southwest.
In the wake of SB 1070, ten community organizations—Arizona Advocacy Network (AZAN), Arizona Center for Empowerment (ACE), Border Action Network (BAN), Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE), Democracia USA (DUSA), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), Promise Arizona (PAZ), Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO), Puente Arizona (Puente), and Southwest Conference of United Church of Christ (UCC)—came together to form One Arizona, agreeing on a collaborative pact to ensure accountability and leverage the best from each community partner to increase civic engagement, power, and safety for the state's vulnerable Latino and immigrant communities. The new coalition, with initial seed funding from Four Freedoms Fund and later Unbound Philanthropy, was able to help the groups move beyond an unhealthy and competitive relationship to create a collaborative united movement focused on increasing Latino voter engagement, turnout, and power.
Seven core ingredients have allowed the One Arizona table to endure and remain effective:
1. Implementing nonpartisan year-round voter engagement strategies;
2. Staying focused on expanding the Latino electorate and increasing Latino power;
3. Serving as a neutral space where different roles and strategies are respected;
4. Establishing clear accountability mechanisms that bring order and structure;
5. Having funder partnerships that add value beyond grant dollars, including brokering timely, high-quality, and strategic capacity-building support;
6. Using data to inform and adjust field strategies; and
7. Staying on course to build long-term sustainable political power.