One of the defining features of the “American Dream” is the ability to succeed despite being born indisadvantaged circumstances. But upward mobility, in the sense of doing better than your parents,appears to be on the wane. There is however a great deal of variation across the nation in ratesof upward mobility, and some of the greatest variation lies in the nation’s rural heartland. Whilesome rural counties exhibit the nation’s lowest rates of upward mobility, others can still lay claimto being “lands of opportunity,” ensuring that young residents are prepared to take on adulthoodand work…
While the 2016 election brought to light the bleak employment picture for men in rural America, an analysis of Census data reveals similar numbers of out-of-work men in many major cities.
This chapter describes the Family Life Project, a large-scale longitudinal study that chronicles the lives of African American and non-African American children and their families living in two poor rural areas of the US: Appalachia and the Black South. The breadth of the Family Life Project data allows us to expand the previous literature on rural poverty and to highlight the notion that the effects of poverty are not limited to low levels of income, but are rather fused with several “correlated constraints” that co-occur with poverty: low maternal education, low job prestige, non-standard…
This brief is based on data from 444 rural mothers across 13 states who had low incomes and young children. The data is from the USDA Hatch funded Multi-State Project, “Interactions of Individual, Family, Community, and Policy Contexts on the Mental and Physical Health of Diverse Rural Low Income Families”, known as NC1171 Rural Families Speak about Health. (Author abstract)
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Published by the Rural Health Information Hub, the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit is designed to help practitioners develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain rural programs to prevent and treat substance abuse. The toolkit is made up of several modules that focus on evidence-based and promising programs, implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination. (Author abstract modified)
In an effort to support the Administration's Fatherhood Initiative, intended to strengthen the role of fathers in the American family, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) through its Office of Beneficiary Services, Medicaid Bureau, provided funding for an outreach effort that focused on Medicaid fathers in rural Tennessee. This project, consisting of three focus groups, was done in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health (DPH). The focus groups were facilitated by staff from the Tennessee Valley Authority, a contractor in the region. (Author abstract).
This resource profiles the experiences of efforts in nine states to provide mutual self-help parent support groups to fathers, grandparents raising grandchildren, icarcerated parents, parents raising children with special needs, parents in recovery, and rural parents. The document describes the contextual factors these groups face, and provides information on the different strategies states used to best meet the needs of families. Some strategies worked well in certain states and not as well in others. Geographic, demographic, and cultural variables impact service delivery. A range of…