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Archive for September, 2017

Taking a Look at The Relationship Between Homelessness and Mental Illness

Monday, September 25th, 2017
Homelessness

There’s a strong correlation between homelessness and mental illness.

It’s a hard statistic to face but approximately one-third of the total homeless population suffers serious, untreated mental illness, according to a research summary put together by the Treatment Advocacy Center. It’s startling to think that one of the most entrenched and difficult problems to overcome in America isn’t merely a class distinction but a public health epidemic. Today we want to take a look at the relationship between homelessness and mental health and why they play into one another.

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How Does Poverty Impact Students in Higher Education?

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Poverty

Living in poverty can have a huge impact on how one pursues higher education.

Higher education is plagued by soaring costs and shrinking financial aid, making accessibility for those living through poverty increasingly difficult. Students from low-income backgrounds have to work incredibly hard to even make it into college, but beyond that, it becomes even more difficult for them to stay and do well. The fact that poverty has such a large impact on students may lead some to believe that those in poverty just aren’t capable of doing as well in higher education, but let’s take a look at how and why being poor has such a massive impact on students in higher education.

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How Does Hunger Impact The Brain?

Friday, September 15th, 2017
Hunger

Hunger can have huge developmental impacts on children’s brains.

We all know how much hunger can ruin our day. Around lunchtime, our stomachs tend to grumble and we need to start snacking. By letting ourselves get hungry, we start to get sluggish and a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Even the short-term effects of hunger are detrimental, so it’s important that we look at the long-term impacts that improper nutrition can have on a person. Today, we’re taking a look at how hunger can have huge impacts on the brain.

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How Housing Policy Impacts School Policy

Friday, September 8th, 2017
School Policy

School policy is a big deal, but housing issues have a greater impact than we may realize.

Recently, The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed written by Nancy Newman regarding housing policy and its inherent ties to school policy. In it, Newman points out that “stable, affordable housing is critical for the future of our city’s children so that they can reach their children.” As much as we may place an emphasis on school policy, we won’t see major improvements in the education of our children if those policies are being bottlenecked by housing issues. For us at My Brother’s Keeper, this is an important concern and we believe Nancy Newman raises some important points.

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