• Executive Summary: Recent reports released over the past few months focus on the educational system in Connecticut, highlighting challenges facing the state with the largest achievement gap in the nation between low-income students and the rest of their peers. In this report, we detail income disparities and poverty concentrations, which disproportionately impact minority students, within the Connecticut region. The reports shed light on the current situation and offer concrete suggestions to close the achievement gap, such as a renewed focus on regional equity.… Read More

  • Valley Street Ready To “Connect”

    New Haven Independent    January 21, 2011

    [Excerpt] The issue of street safety and connectivity came to the fore in another part of Wednesday night’s meeting: a discussion of a quality-of-life survey that Doug Hausladen (pictured) and Mark Abraham devised.… Read More

  • [Excerpt] The results are in, but the hard work continues as community groups begin to dissect the results of the first citywide New Haven Neighborhood Quality of Life Survey.… Read More

  • Post-Shaw’s Food Search Begins

    New Haven Independent    March 31, 2010

    [Excerpt] At the last community meeting, attendants filled out a survey about their shopping habits and needs. The survey also circulated in neighborhoods and on the web. More than 2,000 people have responded so far.… Read More

  • For the first time, a new, interactive map from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives policy-makers and advocates a nationwide picture of continuing state efforts on key tobacco control policies. The interactive map is a wealth of information on policies related to tobacco control, cigarette taxes and prevention spending, and also features key data points about mortality, consumer behavior and public health.… Read More

  • New USDA Atlas Compares Food Environments of U.S. Counties

    by Mark Abraham    February 26, 2010

    Your Food Environment Atlas is an online mapping tool that assembles statistics on food environment indicators and provides a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so. The atlas was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, with support from federal agencies, academia, and the private sector.… Read More

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