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America's Social Health : Putting Social Issues Back on the Public Agenda.

By: Miringoff, Marque-Luisa.
Contributor(s): Opdycke, Sandra.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2008Description: 1 online resource (256 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317477020.Subject(s): Social indicators -- United States | United States -- Social conditions -- 1980- | United States -- Social policy -- 1993-Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: America's Social Health : Putting Social Issues Back on the Public AgendaDDC classification: 361.973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Dedication -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I Social Reporting in American Life -- Chapter 1 We Can Do Better: Toward a New Public Dialogue on Social Health -- Chapter 2 Shaping Everyday Discourse: The News Media and Social Issues -- Chapter 3 Social Reports: Institutionalizing the Reporting of Social Indicators -- Chapter 4 Measuring Social Health: The Index of Social Health and the National Survey of Social Health -- Part II A Closer Look: Key Indicators of Social Health -- Chapter 5 Social Indicators for Children -- Infant Mortality -- Child Poverty -- Child Abuse -- Chapter 6 Social Indicators for Youth -- Teenage Suicide -- Teenage Drug Abuse -- High School Dropouts -- Chapter 7 Social Indicators for Adults -- Unemployment -- Wages -- Health Insurance Coverage -- Chapter 8 Social Indicators for the Elderly -- Poverty, Ages 65 and Over -- Out-of-Pocket Health Costs, Ages 65 and Over -- Chapter 9 Social Indicators for All Ages -- Homicides -- Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities -- Food Stamp Coverage -- Affordable Housing -- Income Inequality -- Conclusion -- Notes -- List of Tables and Graphs -- Appendix A Selected Social Indicator Data Over Time -- Appendix B Technical Note on the Index of Social Health -- Appendix C Technical Note on the National Survey of Social Health -- Index -- About the Institute -- About the Authors.
Summary: Calling for a fundamental change in the focus of public policy in America, this book paints a vivid portrait of the nation's social health. Miringoff and Opdycke clearly show that social progress has stalled and the country's energies need to be directed at critical domestic issues in the years ahead.The authors propose a new agenda for monitoring America's social well-being built around sixteen key indicators of American life, such as infant mortality, teenage suicide, health insurance coverage, and affordable housing. They maintain that social conditions, like economic conditions, must be constantly monitored in order to have a clear sense of "how we are doing" as a society.The book builds on the work of the Institute for Innovation in Social Policy and argues that there needs to be a greater visibility for social issues - and a closer link between social reporting and public action - to better address the nation's social problems. It considers the critical role of the media in advancing public understanding of social issues, and examines important advances in the community indicators movement and international social reporting. Eye-opening and compelling, the book is a provocative centerpiece for policy debates and national initiatives on today's crucial domestic concerns.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Dedication -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I Social Reporting in American Life -- Chapter 1 We Can Do Better: Toward a New Public Dialogue on Social Health -- Chapter 2 Shaping Everyday Discourse: The News Media and Social Issues -- Chapter 3 Social Reports: Institutionalizing the Reporting of Social Indicators -- Chapter 4 Measuring Social Health: The Index of Social Health and the National Survey of Social Health -- Part II A Closer Look: Key Indicators of Social Health -- Chapter 5 Social Indicators for Children -- Infant Mortality -- Child Poverty -- Child Abuse -- Chapter 6 Social Indicators for Youth -- Teenage Suicide -- Teenage Drug Abuse -- High School Dropouts -- Chapter 7 Social Indicators for Adults -- Unemployment -- Wages -- Health Insurance Coverage -- Chapter 8 Social Indicators for the Elderly -- Poverty, Ages 65 and Over -- Out-of-Pocket Health Costs, Ages 65 and Over -- Chapter 9 Social Indicators for All Ages -- Homicides -- Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities -- Food Stamp Coverage -- Affordable Housing -- Income Inequality -- Conclusion -- Notes -- List of Tables and Graphs -- Appendix A Selected Social Indicator Data Over Time -- Appendix B Technical Note on the Index of Social Health -- Appendix C Technical Note on the National Survey of Social Health -- Index -- About the Institute -- About the Authors.

Calling for a fundamental change in the focus of public policy in America, this book paints a vivid portrait of the nation's social health. Miringoff and Opdycke clearly show that social progress has stalled and the country's energies need to be directed at critical domestic issues in the years ahead.The authors propose a new agenda for monitoring America's social well-being built around sixteen key indicators of American life, such as infant mortality, teenage suicide, health insurance coverage, and affordable housing. They maintain that social conditions, like economic conditions, must be constantly monitored in order to have a clear sense of "how we are doing" as a society.The book builds on the work of the Institute for Innovation in Social Policy and argues that there needs to be a greater visibility for social issues - and a closer link between social reporting and public action - to better address the nation's social problems. It considers the critical role of the media in advancing public understanding of social issues, and examines important advances in the community indicators movement and international social reporting. Eye-opening and compelling, the book is a provocative centerpiece for policy debates and national initiatives on today's crucial domestic concerns.

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Why is it there are clear, regularly reported economic reports for the US, but none for social issues? Miringoff (Vassar College) and Opdycke (Institute for Innovation in Social Policy) argue for a social report, an index of social health with 16 indicators covering issues across the life cycle. The authors have a position: the federal government should spearhead a national report with clear and measurable indicators with built-in triggers for action. Developing effective social policy requires regularly collected data that is widely understood by the public. This text contains substantive as well as methodological material. Readers see indexes developed by other countries and non-profits. Topics include affordable housing, infant mortality, unemployment, and others. The work is comparative, using 1970 (considered high in social well-being) as a base year. The GDP has risen while social welfare has declined; US infant mortality rates have improved, but 37 other countries do better; medical insurance has become less accessible. Miringoff and Opdycke provide practical suggestions for greater visibility, such as a social health page for newspapers. The authors neglect, however, political desire; many Americans reject improving social welfare. A readable book for studies in social policy, political science, and social work. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. D. Borchert emerita, Lake Erie College

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