Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 Report on Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado Released

The Colorado Center on Law and Policy has released an important tool for gauging the economic well-being of Coloradans. 

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado 2015 analyzes how much income Colorado families in each of the state's 64 counties must earn to meet basic needs without public assistance. 

The Standard is often referenced by managers of workforce training programs, direct-service providers, policymakers, legislators and the media as a barometer for wage adequacy and to evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programs intended to forge pathways from poverty. It can also help individuals with financial planning and to make training and career decision appropriate for their own families. 

You can download the report by clicking on this link: 2015 Self-Sufficiency Standard.pdf

How does self-sufficiency affect health? In part, our health is determined by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships. The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be. Learn more about the Social Determinants of Health and the Healthy People 2020 approach.

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