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News & Events: July 2015

This summer, we bring you summaries of some of our latest research, and ask you to join us in congratulating the Center’s graduate students on their recent awards and recognition.  This combination of student training and current, high-quality research capture the essence of what the Center for Poverty Research does.  As always, feel free to respond with comments and suggestions on what we’re doing and how we can continue to engage with you all.

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Policy Briefs

Public Insurance Covers Children When Parents Lose Their Jobs
By Jessamyn Schaller and Mariana Zerpa, the University of Arizona

During the most recent economic recession in the U.S., many parents lost their jobs. When a parent loses a job, it can impact their child’s well-being in complex ways. In a new study, we sought to understand how a parent losing a job affects their children’s health. We found that after a job loss, an increase in public coverage offset much of the decrease in private coverage. In addition, we found almost no effects on children’s use of routine health care services and no evidence that job loss negatively affects children’s physical health in the short run. However, we do find that parental job loss results in a deterioration of mental health for some children, which may have negative implications for child health in the long run.

Reducing the Impact of Valley Fever in Low-income Communities
By Sarah M. Rios, University of California, Santa Barbara

California health advocates are increasingly aware of the hazards of Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis), a disease caused by a fungus spore living in semi-arid regions of the west and southwest U.S. California has the most associated deaths despite only representing about 31 percent of all U.S. cases.[1] Policy makers can reduce its impact on low-income communities and save millions of dollars in treatment each year by addressing the circumstances of infection, as well as the difficulties low-income populations face in accessing care.

Supporting Safety Net Hospitals through DSH Payment Cuts and Medicaid Expansion
By Lindsey Woodworth, University of California, Davis

A major component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a mandated expansion of Medicaid. The law also prescribed cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, which subsidize hospitals with high levels of uncompensated care. For states that have opted out of Medicaid expansion, Medicaid reimbursements will not make up for lost DSH payments. However, DSH cuts may also create additional financial challenges for these hospitals in opt-in states if Medicaid expansion does not reduce overall uncompensated care.

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The Minimum Wage and Safety Net Programs
Special Report on the Minimum Wage

This special podcast report describes a new study by center director Ann Stevens and graduate student affiliate Chloe East that examines how many workers at or near the minimum wage still rely on safety net programs to help their families get by. Listen now.

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Graduate Student Affiliates Win Prestigious Fellowships for their Research on Poverty
June 30, 2015

DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis graduate students affiliated with the Center for Poverty Research have recently won a number of prestigious fellowships for their research.

This year, fellowships graduate student affiliates have won include the UC Davis Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowships and the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship.


New Release of the California Poverty Measure
An update from the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

The latest portrait of poverty in California: Find out which groups and regions are bearing the brunt of living in the country’s highest-poverty state and how well the safety net is working to reduce poverty.