Youth violence disrupts communities and businesses, increases health care costs, and decreases property values—not to mention the human impact. The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) in Massachusetts combines health and safety approaches to eliminating serious violence among high-risk, urban youth. Does it work? Three new AIR evaluations, announced by MA former governor Patrick, showed youth not involved in SSYI were 42% more likely to be incarcerated than youth who were.
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19 Dec 2014
Why are so many Americans more concerned about Ebola than flu, when the data doesn't support that fear? Researchers have found that unfamiliar, epidemic diseases (such as Ebola) are more likely to cause concern than familiar, endemic diseases, such as the flu. This infographic shows how press coverage is skewing the public's perception of public health threats.
10 Dec 2014
In the fall of 2014, the National Center on Family Homelessness at AIR presented a free online program that addressed the impact of trauma on veterans and highlighted trauma-informed care as an organization-wide approach to understanding and responding to trauma. Special focus was given to the experiences of women veterans and how to provide trauma-informed care to this population.
2 Dec 2014
Using figures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National HIV Surveillance System and Medical Monitoring Project, this infographic details the levels of care experienced by the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV.
1 Dec 2014
A cash grant program for households with children under five in three districts in Zambia generated positive impacts, both in terms of immediate needs of the family and children's health, and in longer term productivity. This third report builds upon the results of the 24- and 30-month reports.
30 Nov 2014
Based on a calculation using the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education and the 2013 U.S. Census, 2.5 million children in America—one in every 30 children—go to sleep without a home of their own each year. America’s Youngest Outcasts looks at child homelessness nationally and in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, ranks the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst), and examines causes of child homelessness and solutions.
19 Nov 2014
The years 2006 to 2010 saw a 141% increase in the number of homeless women veterans, as this infographic shows.
18 Nov 2014
AIR recently conducted a health insurance literacy survey of 800 people to better understand the areas in which Americans need assistance and education about their healthcare services. Here, in quick index format, are some of the most interesting results.
18 Nov 2014
Older adults are more likely to fear losing their mental abilities than their physical abilities. But a growing body of research suggests that, for most people, mental decline isn’t inevitable and may even be reversible. It is now becoming clear that cognitive health and dementia prevention must be lifelong pursuits, and the new approaches springing from a better understanding of the risk factors for cognitive impairment are far more promising than current drug therapies. This brief analyzes the evidence.
14 Nov 2014
Why are so many Americans more concerned about Ebola than flu, when the data doesn't support that fear? Researchers have found that unfamiliar, epidemic diseases (such as Ebola) are more likely to cause concern than familiar, endemic diseases, such as the flu. Add the high death rate of Ebola overseas and the prospect of being isolated in a hospital and treated by medical personnel in biohazard suits, and it’s only natural that people fear Ebola, even if the chance of contracting the disease is extremely small.