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Yohale N, Pittman K. 2001. Powerful pathways: Framing options and opportunities for vulnerable youth. Gaithersburg, MD: Youth Development and Research Fund; Takoma Park, MD: Forum for for Youth Investment, 48 pp. (A discussion paper of the Youth Transition Funders Group)

Annotation: This paper outlines what is known about providing consistent and comprehensive support to vulnerable youth through education, foster care, social services, juvenile justice, welfare, and workforce preparation as they transition to adult life. Topics include describing the vulnerable youth population, racial and socio-economic factors, the importance of the role of education, aligning systems to ensure education and career development, innovations at the policy level, changing perceptions, and building public will. Section topics include the following: (1) vulnerable futures, (2) the imperatives: development, transition, transformation, (3) promising strategies, and (4) recommendations for the work ahead. References conclude the paper.

Contact: Forum for Youth Investment, 7064 Eastern Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20012, Telephone: (202) 207-3333 Fax: (202) 207-3329 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Education, Foster care, Foster children, High risk adolescents, Incarcerated youth, Out of school youth, Political processes, School to work transition, Social work, Transitions, Vulnerability, Workplace, Youth in transition programs, Youth services

Berinstein P. 2000. Finding statistics online: How to locate the elusive numbers you need [2nd Ed]. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 356 pp.

Annotation: This book is intended as both a how-to-do-it text and a desktop reference. Chapter 2 and the glossary of statistical terms provide information on understanding and using statistics. The book shows how to effectively search the Internet and professional online services for needed numbers. It discusses where and how to start searching, important systems and sources, and how to evaluate data for reliability. Chapters 5 through 18 discuss how to find statistics on demographics and population; industry, market, and general business; finance and economics; health and medicine; science, agriculture, and the environment; history; public opinion and trends; politics and government; sports, entertainment, and the arts; the law and crime; international issues; technology; education; and transportation.

Contact: Information Today, 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750, Telephone: (609) 654-6266 Secondary Telephone: (800) 300-9868 Fax: (609) 654-4309 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0910965250.

Keywords: Art, Business, Crime, Demography, Economics, Education, Environment, Government, Health, History, Industry, Internet, Medicine, Political processes, Public opinion, Sports, Statistics, Technology, Transportation, Vital statistics

Meredith J, Dunham CM. 1999. Real clout: A how-to manual for community-based activists trying to expand healthcare access by changing public policy. Boston, MA: Access Project, 218 pp.

Weisman CS. 1998. Women's health care: Activist traditions and institutional change. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 300 pp.

Annotation: The subject of this book is the relationship between women and health care institutions, particularly how women experience health care and seek to change it. The specific objectives are to examine the social and historical context of women's health as a recurring public issue in the United States, to investigate current health care delivery issues for women and models for change, and to consider how women's health issues can be incorporated in health care policy making. Chapter one presents some concepts and theoretical perspectives guiding the sociohistorical consideration of women's health as a public issue and of gender as an attribute of health care. Chapter two provides a historical overview of five episodes of public attention to women's health issues that constitute waves in the women's health "mega movement." Chapter three considers the claim that women are disadvantaged because of inequitable access to the benefits of health care. Chapter four addresses the issue of whether women's health care ought to be delivered by women providers or in separate organizations for women. And chapter five provides a discussion of how women's concerns can be incorporated into health care policy making.

Contact: AcademyHealth, 1150 17th Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 292-6700 Fax: (202) 292-6800 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-8018-5825-9.

Keywords: Health care reform, History, Policy development, Political processes, Sociocultural factors, United States, Women, Women's health, Women's health services

Smith DB, Bookhart B. 1996. Getting Healthy Start started: The history, organizational evolution and lessons of the Philadelphia experience. (Draft). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University, Department of Health Administration, 22 pp.

Annotation: This paper offers a case study analysis of the Philadelphia Healthy Start program. Components of the study include: the historical background; factors that shaped the HS experience (race, class, politics, local advocacy efforts, and city bureaucracy); barriers to its success; federal decision making; Philadelphia's decisions; the waiting period for approval; the planning year; processing paper; initiation of operations; evaluation; and work that remains. Analysis includes a discussion of the key issues (risk, ownership, and impact) and obstacles yet to come (sustaining funding, sustaining a vision through the evolution of new organizational structures, and overcoming racial divisions and distrust).

Keywords: Advocacy, Barriers, Case studies, Evaluation, Financing, Healthy Start, Infant mortality, Pennsylvania, Political processes, Prevention programs, Program development, Program planning, Racial factors

Center for Women's and Children's Health. 1987. Improving access to maternity care: The politics of state initiatives. Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association, 113 pp.

Annotation: The purpose of this book is to provide a brief chronology of existing federal laws and programs which provide and fund health services to mothers and children. With this foundation, the book looks at six states -- California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Tennessee -- to provide insight on the legislative strategy, coalition building, and politics which combined for success in creating new state based maternity programs for the medically indigent women of their state. The book aims to report the political realities which brought about state action and state monies for maternity care.

Contact: American Hospital Association, 155 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, Telephone: (312) 422-3000 Secondary Telephone: Contact Phone: (800) 242-2626 Fax: (312) 422-4796 E-mail: Web Site:

Keywords: California, Coalitions, Federal MCH programs, Florida, History, Massachusetts, Michigan, Obstetrical care, Oregon, Political processes, Poverty, State MCH programs, State legislation, Tennessee, Women

Freedman SA. 1984. Brokering power at the state level for child health care. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Child Development Center, 30 pp. (Workbook series for providing services to children with handicaps and their families)

Annotation: This workbook focuses on power-brokering, at the state level, for support of programs for the care of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. It is intended as a primer for public and private advocates at the state level and gives practical guidance on how to intervene effectively in the legislative and executive appropriation and budget process. It helps identify the key players in state government, suggests ways to develop an issue for consideration, indicates strategies for gaining support, and provides information regarding the use of appropriate influence. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Box 571485, Washington, DC 20057-1485, Telephone: (202) 687-5503 Secondary Telephone: (202) 687-5000 Fax: (202) 687-8899 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Budgeting, Child advocacy, Child advocacy, Children with special health care needs, Health care financing, Lobbying, Policy development, Political processes, State aid, Workbooks


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.