poverty http://kgou.org en New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation http://kgou.org/post/new-health-report-shows-oklahoma-ranks-44th-nation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 State of the State's Health Report released by the Oklahoma State Board of Health shows Oklahoma ranks </span>44th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall health status of its residents compared to other states in the nation. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors such as low physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, along with a high prevalence of smoking and obesity, contribute to most of the state's leading causes of death. Significant health disparities among many of the state's population also contribute to Oklahoma's health status.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report says, “Overall, Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death from all causes in the nation, 23 percent higher than the national rate. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that while Oklahoma’s mortality rate dropped five percent over the past 20 years, the U.S. mortality rate dropped 20 percent. So, Oklahoma is not keeping up with the rest of the nation.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.ok.gov/health/pub/boh/state/index.html" target="_blank">annual study </a>reports on a range of factors and details information by county.</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:34:03 +0000 KGOU Staff 31379 at http://kgou.org New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean? http://kgou.org/post/what-does-living-poverty-really-mean Financial writer Tim Harford, author of the new book <em>The Undercover Economist Strikes Back</em>, says the poverty line for a single American in 2012 was $30.52 per day. But Harford, talking with NPR's David Greene, says it's also about how people view themselves and how they're viewed by other people.<p><hr /><p><h3>Interview Highlights</h3><p><strong>On defining and measuring poverty</strong><p>"In the United States, the definition is an idea of absolute poverty. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:32:55 +0000 NPR Staff 21007 at http://kgou.org What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean? World Views: November 29, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-november-29-2013 <p></p><p>Earlier this week a six-month deal was reached to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lighter economic sanctions. Rebecca Cruise joins Suzette Grillot to talk about the reaction among Saudis, Israelis, Americans, and Europeans.</p><p>Later, a conversation with LaNelma&nbsp;Johnson, whose Bahá’í<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> faith led her and her family to India in 1971, where they taught children ages five to 18 at a small, rural school in </span>Panchgani<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Johnson told the story of her family’s 12 years in India in her memoir&nbsp;</span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://www.bahaibookstore.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=10041#.UozSD8TbNHV" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Okie in a Saree</a>.</em></p><p></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 18044 at http://kgou.org World Views: November 29, 2013 Breaking Down India’s Caste System Through Education http://kgou.org/post/breaking-down-india-s-caste-system-through-education <p></p><p>Forty-five years ago, LaNelma and Ray Johnson accepted the Bahá’í faith, and its tenet to serve humanity and the oneness of mankind. That desire took them to India in 1971, where they taught children ages five to 18 at a small, rural school in Panchgani.</p><p>“Some of the children were there because they were orphans, and some were there because they came from war-torn countries,” LaNelma Johnson says. “We really felt like we could do a service there with these children.”</p><p>Johnson told the story of her family’s 12 years in India in her memoir <em><a href="http://www.bahaibookstore.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=10041#.UozSD8TbNHV">Okie in a Saree</a>. </em>The couple set out to consciously recruit female students from all over India, since they weren’t afforded the same educational opportunities as boys. India’s caste system had already been illegal for decades, but reforms were slow to trickle down to rural villages.</p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot & Matt Addison 17566 at http://kgou.org Breaking Down India’s Caste System Through Education Supporting The Safety Net: Examining Poverty In Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/supporting-safety-net-examining-poverty-oklahoma <p></p><p>Census Bureau data <a href="https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19732897/ACS-Tables-20132.xls">released in September</a> show that one in six Oklahomans were a part of a family falling below the poverty line - <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/12poverty.shtml">$19,090 for a three-person household</a>. The figures analyzed by the Oklahoma Policy Institute show 23.8 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, an increase of 1.7 percent over the last five years.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:59:13 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Kurt Gwartney 14462 at http://kgou.org Supporting The Safety Net: Examining Poverty In Oklahoma World Views: September 6, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-september-6-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis, Rebecca Cruise and Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talk about the fear in Japan that the amount of contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is getting out of hand, and increasing number of attacks and violence against women in India.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">about indigenous people and issues in Guatemala with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/chronicle/home/articlesbyauthor/pt/josefranciscocalitzay">Francisco Calí</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.<b><i>&nbsp;</i></b></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s the only indigenous member of the <a href="http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/">United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination</a>.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Rebecca Cruise 13044 at http://kgou.org World Views: September 6, 2013 Understanding Issues Of Land And Wealth For Indigenous Guatemalans http://kgou.org/post/understanding-issues-land-and-wealth-indigenous-guatemalans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1996, Guatemala ended a 36-year civil war that devastated the country’s indigenous community. Seventeen years later, indigenous people in the Central American country are still seeking justice after the decades-long conflict.</span></p><p>“They agreed to sign not only a peace agreement, but also an amnesty law which says that all those people who committed human rights violations will not be prosecuted legally,” says <a href="http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/chronicle/home/articlesbyauthor/pt/josefranciscocalitzay">Francisco Calí</a>. He’s the only indigenous member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot 13043 at http://kgou.org Understanding Issues Of Land And Wealth For Indigenous Guatemalans Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families http://kgou.org/post/goodwill-gets-federal-grant-help-veteran-families <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a $1.4 million grant to Goodwill Industries of Central&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The grant announced Tuesday is to be used to provide support services to very low-income military veteran families living in or transitioning into permanent housing.</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Associated Press 9804 at http://kgou.org Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families