2009 Job Gap: Searching for Work that Pays

The Job Gap study calculates a basic family budget for different family structures in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. Based on this “living wage” the study then estimates the number and proportion of job openings that provide a sufficient wage to support and individual or a family’s basic needs without relying on public assistance.

The Health Equity Challenge: People of Color are Living Sicker and Dying Younger in California

Across California and nationwide, health care reform has become a key priority. Health disparities harm all members of a community, and securing a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for everyone in America requires attention to racial disparities in health care. This report discusses some of the key health disparities in California and the United States and makes recommendations for addressing those disparities.

Equal Treatment? Seattle Hospitals Put to the Test

Racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes constitute a crisis, one that requires the attention of health care providers, policymakers, and communities alike. In Seattle and across the nation, people of color suffer from higher rates of illness and mortality than their white counterparts. Health care institutions play a critical role in exacerbating or minimizing health disparities. This report analyzes the policies and practices of Seattle hospitals to determine how hospitals are serving, or failing to serve, people of color in our city.

Taking the Pulse of Main Street: Small Businesses, Health Insurance, and Priorities for Reform

Small business owners are considered a key voice in the public dialogue over health care reform. But where do small business owners stand on the issue? Taking the Pulse of Main Street reports results from a survey of 1,200 small business owners’ experiences with health insurance and perspectives on different reform proposals. The results show small business owners want real health reform, are willing to contribute, and want a quality public insurance option.