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August 2017


News Reports and Resources


Medicaid Work Requirements Could Create Additional Problems in Rural

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Eight states have asked the federal government for permission to make Medicaid recipients work or look for work to qualify for benefits. But one in four participants is already working or wants to work, researchers say. The work requirements would affect about a third of Medicaid recipients.




Mapping Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean


By the end of 2015, an estimated 1,008,616 people had reached Europe by sea, more than 84% of them from refugee-producing countries and a quarter were children under the age of 18. This report examines what happened next and presents the results of a questionnaire on refugee and migrant reception administered to participants in Greece (300), Sicily (400), and Malta (50), followed by interviews with migrants (45) and key informants (50) including government representatives, humanitarian agencies, NGOs, and activists.



Globally, More Name U.S. Than China as World's Leading Economic Power

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

The past decade has witnessed significant changes in the global economy as many nations around the world have struggled with the Great Recession and its aftereffects. While the United States and other relatively wealthy Western nations have slowly bounced back from the crisis, economic growth rates have been low compared with those of China, India and other emerging economies. Still, the prevailing view among publics around the world is that the U.S. is the top global economic power.



Confronting the Urban Housing Gap

World Resources Institute | READ STORY

More than 1.2 billion city dwellers―one of every three people living in urban areas―lack access to affordable and secure housing. This housing gap is a major drag on the economy and the environment. The impact is severe in Asia and Africa, where 2.25 billion people are expected to be added to urban populations between now and 2050. If business continues as usual, slums will grow across the developing world, exacerbating inequality and threatening cities’ traditional role as drivers of economic growth.



Changes in Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2006-2015

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | READ STORY

A new report by the CDC shows that a number of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and then decreased each year through 2015. Despite reductions, a number of opioids prescribed remains approximately three times as high as in 1999.




Battling Modern Slavery

Raconteur | READ STORY

Despite vast improvements in the global fight against modern-day slavery over the past decade, more than 45 million people remain victims of forced labor worldwide, with 58 per cent of those from five countries alone.






MT CD Update

The Montana State University Extension Community Development Update is tentatively scheduled for the week of Dec. 3 at Fairmont Hot Springs. More info soon on the schedule and agenda.

Get ready for the 2018 World Community Development Conference June 24-27 in Kildare, Ireland sponsored by the IACD! Registration and proposal submissions are now open. Visit http://www.wcdc2018.ie/ for more information.

The IACD Annual General Meeting will be Wed. Aug. 9, 6 a.m. London (BST) Time. The meeting is open to all current members; more info here.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

2017 Community Economic Development Conference

September 13-15, 2017

South Carolina

Sponsor: South Carolina Association

Investing in America's Workforce

October 4-6, 2017

Austin, TX

Sponsor: Federal Reserve System

2017 NAE4-HA Conference

November 12-17, 2017

Indianapolis, IN

Sponsor: Purdue Extension

Grants, Awards & Jobs

DOLWomen in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grant Program

Deadline: August 23

Funder: Department of Labor

HUD: Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Progam

Deadline: August 28
Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development

IMLSLaura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Deadline: September 1

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

HUD: Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants (Section 4)

Deadline: September 6
Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Extension Specialist I

Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP)
UT Extension

National News

Swim Class Aims to Stop Major Cause of Death in Bangladesh

ABC News,&nbnbsp;August 2

Decline in Numbers of Baby Lobsters Prompts Rules Talk

ABC News, August 2

Toddler Suffers Heat Stroke During Afternoon Nap

Fox News, August 2

Scientists Discover Primordial Asteroids 

Fox News, August 4

UNDP Says Humanitarian Workers Struggle to Access Yemen Crisis

Devex, August 2

Water Controversy in the Palm Springs Desert

Planetizen, August 3

On Poverty's New Suburban Look

Planetizen, August 3

Refugees Refuse to Be Moved by Australia 

NY Times, August 3

Montana News

Anaconda Program Fights Teens' Summer Boredom Woes With Skills, Ethics, and Vegetables

KBZK, August 3

Montana Historical Society Works to Preserve Film Archives

KBZK, August 3

State Funding Cuts Will Impact Kalispell Schools

KPAX, August 3

Tips on How to Properly Evacuate Your Home During Fire Season

KULR, August 3

Montana Farmer Lends a Helping Hand to Fire and Drought Relief

KXLF, August 3

Free Child Screening Helps Parents Understand Their Child's Development

Billings Gazette, August 3

12% of Montana Is in Exceptional Drought

Billings Gazette, August 3

St. Vincent Healthcare Debuts New Intensive Care Unit

Billings Gazette, August 3


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