Intergenerational Poverty Meeting

10/4/2017

The Commission has created a set of online tools to provide easy access to data dashboards listing measures designed to track progress on each of the five- and 10-year plan goals. As the data provided in previous reports continues to be utilized to identify policy and resource gaps, the dashboards will continue to evolve to include data from programs designed to close those gaps. 
The Commission’s clear direction led policymakers at the state and local level to begin making progress through implementation of policies that are data informed and research based. During the 2017 General Session of the Utah Legislature, new laws were enacted and limited resources were targeted to effective strategies leading to positive outcomes for children experiencing IGP. In addition, under the leadership of Utah’s Lieutenant Governor, leaders in 11 rural counties and two urban counties were engaged to develop local plans that align with the Commission’s goals to reduce IGP among Utah children and their families. The focus on local solutions recognizes the strengths and unique challenges that exist within communities to address barriers confronting families experiencing intergenerational poverty. 
About 15% of adults experiencing intergenerational poverty in 2015 had moved out of that designation in 2016. The rate of parents in IGP who lacked jobs decreased from 21% to 18%. The average annual wage for adults in IGP increased between 2013 and 2016 from $10,701 to only $12,621. 
Child health care is a significant factor for those trying to break the poverty cycle. Children have health care through CHIPS but as of December that could go away if the funding from Washington does not come through. Senator Hatch has a bill that would fund CHIPS for 5 years but has not passed yet.
It was pointed out that IGP is not just children it is parents so education and Healthcare is important for them as will.  Children depend on their parents. A large number of parents lack a high school education that adds to a life time of poverty.
 
Scholarships were created to enroll children in Early Childhood schools but there was low enrollment so the commission decided that the word of these scholarship did not reach everyone that it needed to. The commission ask members to create a committee to look at why that happened. 
A good sign that the data showed is Graduation rates were up for 
Non-IGP students 2013 78% to 2016 85%
IGP students 2013 50% to 2016 63%
Dept. of Health has a big concern with our out of control drug abuse problem. If the problem isn't fixed we will have an explosion of kids that will come into state care. 
Next meeting is November 9th, 2017

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