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Charting the Course: An Opportunity to Improve Workforce Development in DC

February 5, 2015

More than 60,000 DC residents are essentially locked out of the City's economy because they lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, and need to significantly increase their education, skills, and credentials in order to progress to the goal of a family-supporting job. A successful economic development strategy must incorporate a strong workforce development plan to bring these residents into the District's economy as full and successful participants.

Helping Low-Income Families Manage Childhood Asthma: Solutions for Healthcare & Beyond

April 2, 2014

Asthma is the most common childhood chronic illness, affecting more than seven million children nationwide. Managing chronic illness in a child is challenging for any family. Among the challenges is constant fear of an acute episode, a complex regimen of medications given daily or many times each day, frequent changes in prescriptions or dosages, coordinating multiple healthcare providers, and helping a child have as "normal" and active a childhood as his/her condition allows. Low-income children of color bear a heavier asthma burden than their white or more affluent peers. Those low-income children who live in urban areas such as Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York are particularly vulnerable. Families with limited resources struggle to provide their children with asthma the support that these children need.

Beyond Good Intentions: Using Data to Promote Economic Opportunity

February 23, 2012

Outlines the need for better data collection and analyses to help the District of Columbia track, evaluate, and improve economic development programs and make evidence-based budgetary and policy decisions. Makes recommendations for various city agencies.

Hometown Prosperity: Increasing Opportunity for DC's Low-Income Working Families

January 15, 2008

Describes how Washington, D.C.'s poor working families have not benefited from the district's economic growth; identifies the key reasons; and recommends investing more in education and training, local workforce development, and income and work supports.

HIV/AIDS in the Nation's Capital: Improving the District of Columbia's Response to a Public Health Crisis

August 1, 2005

Provides information on the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and the federal and local government agencies that respond to the disease. Includes recommendations for surveillance, funding, treatment and care, prevention, and programs for specialized populations.