Healthy Alaskans 2020 Leading Health Indicators

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Healthy Alaskans 2020

Evidence-based Strategies:
Increase the economic and educational status

Child-Parent Centers

Description: Promising Practices Network. Child-Parent Centers. The Chicago Child-Parent Centers (CPCs) provide comprehensive educational support and family support to economically disadvantaged children and their parents.

Specific Programs/Strategies: The guiding principle of the program is that by providing a school-based, stable learning environment during preschool, in which parents are active and consistent participants in their child's education, scholastic success will follow. The program requires parental participation and emphasizes a child-centered, individualized approach to social and cognitive development.

New Hope Project

Description: Promising Practices Network's New Hope Project, a comprehensive set of integrated services offered to low-income individuals and families to increase income, financial security, and access to full-time employment. Adults whose earnings were below 150 percent of the federal poverty level and were willing to work full-time were eligible. Applicants need not have been welfare recipients nor have children.

Specific Programs/Strategies: New Hope offered two program benefits: Community service-based full-time job opportunities for participants unable to find full-time work in the private job market, personalized services assisting participants in job searches, child care, and other employment-related needs. Participants who worked full-time were offered a monthly earnings supplement designed to raise participants’ income to exceed the poverty threshold for the household, subsidized health insurance, and child care subsidies. New Hope operated outside the existing public assistance system, and many participants continued to receive various types of public assistance while participating. The program was funded by a consortium of organizations interested in work-based antipoverty policy.

  • Target Audience: All Ages
  • Setting: Community
  • Recommendation: Proven
  • Review Agency: Promising Practices Network
  • Related Topics: Not applicable
  • Website: New Hope Project

JOBS Program

Description: The JOBS Program is intended to prevent and reduce negative effects on mental health associated with unemployment and job-seeking stress, while promoting high-quality reemployment

Specific Programs/Strategies: Structured as a job search seminar, the program teaches participants effective strategies for finding and obtaining suitable employment as well as for anticipating and dealing with the inevitable setbacks they will encounter. The program also incorporates elements to increase participants' self-esteem, sense of control, and job search self-efficacy. By improving their job-seeking skills and sense of personal mastery, the program inoculates participants against feelings of helplessness, anxiety, depression, and other stress-related mental health problems.

  • Target Audience: All Ages
  • Setting: Community
  • Recommendation: Overall rating of Readiness for Dissemination 2.6 (Scale: 0-4)
  • Review Agency: NREPP
  • Related Topics: Mental health
  • Website: JOBS Program

 

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