Reports

Reports

The Mel King Institute report library houses research reports and policy briefs relevant to the community development sector from organizations all over the country.

  • Author: United for a Fair Economy | Year: 2017
    Description:

    In 1984, the re-election campaign of Ronald Reagan released an ad with the opening line, “It's morning again in America.” While this ad embodied a momentary sense of optimism, forty years of neoliberal policies have failed working people. This year, with Donald Trump assuming the Nation’s highest office, it seems fitting to reflect and assess where we are on a variety of issues related to economic stability and race in AmericaState of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America is a broad assessment of where we are as a nation. It features reflections from leaders and advocates that are fighting inequalities everyday, and contains a short, accessible snapshot of where we are as nation on the topics of wages, wealth, housing, immigration, and LGBT inclusion. 

  • Author: The Urban Institute/ Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Mass | Year: 2016
    Description:

    Despite the near-universal health insurance coverage that the state has maintained for nearly a decade, pockets of high uninsurance remain for both adults and children in communities across Massachusetts. This brief, prepared by the Urban Institute, explores the relationship between community characteristics and the uninsured rate for people of all ages in Massachusetts and highlights the geographic and community context of the remaining uninsured. It also provides data to better target outreach and enrollment activities.

  • Author: Tohn Environmental Strategies team, with Foreword by E4TheFuture | Year: 2016
    Description:

    The paper builds understanding and access to relevant data that can support inclusion of health impacts as a public benefit of energy efficiency.

    The 35-page paper: Reviews and summarizes research studies of residential energy efficiency and related ventilation upgrades; Discusses ways that programs have monetized occupant health co-benefits; Identifies where research gaps exist, and/or where research can be improved and leveraged; Provides an overview of innovative programs that combine energy efficiency and health-focused home repairs

    E4TheFuture invites readers of this paper to collaborate on integrated approaches to improving indoor air quality of homes across the U.S. and beyond.

  • Author: Susan Dentzer, President and CEO, NEHI | Year: 2016
    Description:

    Hospitals in Greater Boston should collaborate on a joint community health needs assessment and health improvement plan, rather than undertaking the separate assessments and plans each now produces, according to an analysis by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI). The analysis concluded that there is both duplication and variability of quality among the separate health needs assessments and health improvement plans that are currently carried out by 25 area hospitals. A unified effort among these hospitals could be more efficient, and could have greater impact than the multiple assessments and health improvement plans currently produced, said Susan Dentzer, NEHI’s president and CEO.