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November 2018


News Reports and Resources


These Are the Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care BloombergREAD STORY

Want medical care without quickly draining your fortune? Try Singapore or Hong Kong as your healthy havens. The U.S. will cost you the most for treatment, both in absolute terms and relative to average incomes, while life expectancy of Americans -- about 79 years -- was exceeded by more than 25 countries and territories, according to an annual Bloomberg analysis in almost 200 economies.




Air pollution is the ‘new tobacco’, warns WHO head The Guardian | READ STORY

Air pollution is the “new tobacco”, the head of the World Health Organization has warned, saying the simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more. Over 90% of the world’s population suffers toxic air and research is increasingly revealing the profound impacts on the health of people, especially children.



America is warming fast. See how your city’s weather will be different in just one generation Vox | READ STORY

Our world is getting warmer. This we know. Just look at Los Angeles, which experienced all-time record heat in July, topping out at 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Dozens of other heat records across the United States were smashed this summer alone. But how much will temperatures in US cities change by 2050? By then, scientists say average global warming since pre-industrial levels could be about twice what it is in 2018 and much more obvious and disruptive.



The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live Pew Research | READ STORY

The movement for a $15-an-hour minimum wage got a boost earlier this month when Amazon – which has drawn criticism for its pay practices and working conditions – announced it would raise its base pay for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour.



Some Rural Areas Are Better for Economic Mobility City Lab | READ STORY

Kids from many rural areas have a better chance at upward mobility than those who grow up in urban areas, but it varies from place to place, and from neighborhood to neighborhood.







Job Growth Falters in Rural Counties Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Job growth in rural America continues to lag the rest of the nation, according to the latest data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the 12 months ending this past August, the U.S. added over 1.7 million jobs. But only 38,000 of those new jobs found their way to rural counties, according to a Daily Yonder analysis. More than two-thirds of the new jobs were located in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, those with more than a million people. Rural America had 12.9 percent of the nation’s jobs in August 2018 but only garnered 2.2 percent of the jobs created in the previous 12 months.






MT CD Update

Proposals to present at the International Association for Community Development’s 2019 World Community Development Conference in Dundee, Scotland, June 24-26 are now being accepted.  Submit your proposal for Oral Presentations, Practice Workshops, Poster Presentations, or Film Screenings by Nov. 30.  More info at www.wcdc2019.org.uk.

The 50th Annual Community Development Society Conference is July 14-17, 2019 in Columbia, Missouri; Submit proposals by Nov. 15, 2018.

The National Public Issues Education Consortium Webinar Series continues through December exploring public issues education in the past, present and future.  Consider joining our Public Issues .

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

Amnesty International 2018 Western Regional Conference

November 10, 2018

Denver, Colorado

Sponsor: Amnesty International

TEDx Seattle

November 17, 2018

Seattle, Washington

Sponsor: TED

Taste of Cincinnati

May 25-27, 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio

Sponsor: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Grants, Awards & Jobs

Western Montana Area Health Education Center Student Rural Clinical Rotations Program

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Montana Area Health Education Center 

Environmental Infrastructure Loans

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Community Facility Loans

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Montana AHEC Scholars Program

Deadline: Ongoing 
Funder: Montana Area Health Education Center

Sunderland Foundation Grants

Deadline: Ongoing 
Funder: Sunderland Foundation

National News

Nashville Activists Track Honduran Caravan

USA Today, October, 22

Muslim Groups Raise Thousands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

NY Times, October, 29

Beyond Plastic Bans: Creating Products to Replace it

NPR, November, 4

Tower of London lit by torches to commemorate World War I centenary

NBC News, November, 5

Montana News

Locked-out Union Workers Reach Agreement with Talc Plant 

KULR, October, 31

Yellowstone Park to Close Most Entrances Monday

KULR, November 1

9 Montana Counties to Receive Funding for Flooding Relief

US News, November 1

Judge Rules Wildlife Agency Must do More to Protect Lynx

KULR, November, 4


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