What are the positive factors that are contributing to you reaching your desired result?
- COVID: People are more open to asking for help. Less stigma attached.
- Increased assistance to those on unemployment because of pandemic
- Increase in people going back to school at community colleges to further their education
- Navarro County: As a community, we are more focused on this issue and becoming more intentional in solving the problems
What are the negative factors that are restricting you from reaching your desired result?
- Misinformation and stigma: Limitations on information and resources
- Barrier because of citizenship status
- Covid-19: loss of jobs in the community
- Uncertainty of local economy: shut downs could happen again and job losses can become permanent
What populations are the most disadvantaged and what causes these disparities?
- Non-English speaking population- the language barrier
- Low socio-economic - limited resource availability, lack of power to navigate through systems
- Those that lack status: Examples Spanish, Pacific Islanders
- Those that don't have a High School diploma
- Ex-offenders: often times ruled out because of past incarceration
Are there foreseeable factors that will affect your work over the next few months to a year?
- Covid-19: continued job loss
- National, state, and local elections
- Does the unemployment crisis turn into an eviction and homelessness crisis
- Will there be permanent changes to unemployment benefits or stimulus money in the future
What additional research is needed to better understand the factors that influence the slope of the curve and related disparities?
- More data on children's welfare in Navarro County, specifically how many families with children are experiencing instability of employment
- What are the effects of employment instability on a family to child's educational and mental health outcomes?
- What correlations are there between unemployment and childcare enrollment rates?