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St. Louis' High Black Death Rate: New Research on Poverty, Education Links, Cost of Fatalities

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One recommendation is to "invest in quality early-childhood development for all children."

The report explains:

The impact of early childhood investments on educational, economic, and health outcomes is substantial. Every $1 invested in early childhood returns $7 of benefit for society according to the National Institute for Early Childhood Education Research. And in addition to better educational outcomes, children who participate in high-quality early childhood programs have better health behaviors and health outcomes as adults than those who do not.

Well-designed programs, the report explains, include small classes, significant time spent on instruction and support that prepares children for school, school-family partnerships, an emphasis on social and emotional development, a focus on mental health and more.

Of early-childhood development efforts, he says, "That's one of the most powerful investments we can make. It has both economic and health impacts."

The report goes on to prescribe targeted investments in this category, such as reversing the nearly $10 million in cuts to early childhood programs in the state budget.

A second recommendation is to "help low- to moderate-income families create economic opportunities," with the report arguing that college savings accounts should be universally available for children at birth and financial advice and services should be easily accessible to families at all income levels.

Purnell says he hopes that those who read his study would be encouraged to weigh in and offer their own perspectives.

"We want the input of the community on refining this set of recommendations and coming together around an agenda for moving these policy recommendations forward," he says. "This brief should be considered a conversation starter and not an end product."

Here's the full policy brief and appendix.

Policy Brief 1

Appendix

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Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Oh, and I asked you WHY that is the case Steve. But I wasn't expecting an answer, anyway. You can't think beyond step 1 in a logic problem, so it's understandable. Good day.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Um. I'm a "black racist", Steve? I'm white, dude. And embarrassed of people such as yourself giving the rest of us a bad name. I deleted two comments because I realized that feeding the idiots and the hateful is a futile cause in this case. Also because I figured I'd made my point when our bigoted friend here got her comment deleted for HATE SPEECH VIOLATIONS of facebook's policies. Evidently I'm not the only one who thinks you are all a bunch of hate-filled, bigoted folks whose comments aren't worthy of allowing to be posted. So yeah. Vindication by those who actually have souls and brains agreeing with me is proof of the prize. Have a great day making a horrible name for yourselves. I'm just glad every comment you've posted can be seen by all your "friends". What few any of you have should be interested to know how you actually feel about variations in pigment in culture among humans. Such archaic nonsense has no place in civilized society.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Lisa Corley Davis if that is true that because I'm a white male I could be a mass murderer... Don't you think you should be a little more tactful when you speak to me. You never know when I could snap.

Janet Smith
Janet Smith

I see you deleted most of your comments Lisa. I'm glad you came to your senses and realized you look like an idiot. You are a lost cause and do not live in reality.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Hey Lisa, thanks for your message full of colorful words. It must be hard for you to hold a civil, adult conversation with facts that back them. Go sit at the kid table. If anyone would like to see what she sent me, send me a message, I will forward it to you.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

well, she will do 2 things here. she will a) not say anything, kind of like taking her ball and go home like a spoiled brat. or b) she will deny the FACTS that i produced and say something like "so ALL black men are dumb?".

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

She still won't accept that Steve. She is a lost cause

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Ohhh Josh, I hope you were "prepared" for that rebuttal LOL. She sure showed you HA!!! Typical liberal that can't accept facts, sad really.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

@ Steve, I think she suffers from some type of white guilt and can't handle facts.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Were you bored Lisa? If you are so disgusted with facts then go away.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

I'm glad we agree on something, I'm also glad we don't know each other. I could never surround myself with someone like yourself. It is sad that you can't see past the whole "poor me, Im black and everyone is out to get me" mentality that is passed of as excuses for bad behavior.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"It seems any time race is discussed white racists are flooding these comments sections with hateful nonsense" it actually seems like black racists like yourself flood these comments with a lot of finger pointing at white people for black people's problems. you called me racist for pointing out the FACT that blacks have a high school drop out rate nearly double that of whites. that's not "racism"...that's an uncomfortable fact. but...you don't know the difference.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Have you examined the socioeconomic statistics behind those points or did you just stop at that point and refrain from continuing to think critically? I know... it's easier to be a racist than to use your brain. Sad but true.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

lol "everything" isn't considered to be racist. Just the racist things. :)

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Uh, studies have been done. I'm guessing by your uneducated comment you haven't read them. They are comprehensive and accurate. Your assessment is invalid. Sorry to inform you. Thanks for your racist assumption and insulting comments elsewhere though. Enlightening about your persona. I'm glad I don't know you. :)

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Anyone using the term "retarded" about another person pretty much makes me decide there's nothing left to say.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Again... three racists hitting the like button doesn't make you right. :) Good day folks.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

What model human beings you are. I'm bloody disgusted. Keep flinging mud. The gradeschool behavior is so enhancing your superior ideal of yourself. Really it is.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

I'm not a speck ashamed of who I am. I'm ashamed of who YOU are. As should you be.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

By the way, three bigots patting yourselves on the back with the "like" button on a facebook comment does not make you correct in your archaic and juvenile way of looking at the world. Just fyi. Have a good day.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Oh, Josh... call me out, but be prepared for the rebuttal. You're a white male? You are 98% plus more likely to be a mass murder or serial killer than any other demographic of peson on the planet. I shall now profile you thusly and assume you fit this profile. It isn't sexist and racist if it's true... right? So you say? How infantile and uneducated and simplistic the bigoted are... Keep telling yourself you have hearts and souls and brains.... It is laughably disgusting.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Oh, Rachel has one racist friend! Yay for her! I have nothing else to say to either of you. Waste of space.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Sad that everything is considered to be racist.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

"The For the Sake of All research project, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, is focused on the health and well-being of African-Americans in St. Louis...." So you mean the "All" mentioned is only for black people? Hmmmmmmm....... Are there no poor, undereducated whites in the city? How about Hispanics or Asians? Maybe someone should do a study on why no other race is dying at record numbers even though they are also poor and do not take advantage of educational opportunities.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

NOTHING in her comment was racist, Lisa. Pathetic.

Renee Horeen
Renee Horeen

Wow Lisa, you are stupid. Go work on your reading comprehension so grown ups can talk without being disrupted with your nonsense.

J.d. Folk
J.d. Folk

I'm sorry...Now the grim reaper is racist? Damn, you think you know a guy.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

It also isn't racial profiling, it's called playing the odds. White guilt must be eating you up Lisa Corley Davis. Do not be ashamed of who you are. I wish we could all get along but it is people like you who yell Fire far to many times.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Lisa Corley Davis it isn't racist if it is true.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Funny coming from the one that continues to respond.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Sweet Jesus, you don't ever shut up, do you? Out of the mouths of self-absorbed and uneducated selfish folks...

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Thank God, I no longer have to read your failed attempt at calling me racist LMAO!!!

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Oh Rachel, darling. Before I block you and can no longer see your idiotic ramblings, I would like to apologize to you that no, I will not do your First Grade homework assignment for you. Look it up yourself. Upon further examination of your repeated (and laughable) attempts to attack me, I have determined that not only are you a racist, bigoted idiot. You're a self-absorbed one with far more free time than I have. Don't bother commenting back. You're being blocked as we speak.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

Are you seriously retarded? I did read the article and all I saw was excuse after excuse.You can take your claims of racism elsewhere, people like you have wore out that word. Go be liberal somewhere else.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

This article isn't about people "killing folks". It is about people DYING. Before you start calling other people morons and cursing them out perhaps you should read the freaking article before spouting off your bigoted ramblings.

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

In the meantime, why don't you look up the definition of racist since you have no clue what it means. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Thanks for the use of your expletive! Now you will be deleted from the page. Thanks for playing! :)

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

You obviously have no idea what racist means. My comment was not at all racist, it is a fact. The deseg program in the city is only available to black students. It's unfortunate that there are dumbasses like you out that that have nothing else better to do that falsely call someone racist. That word has lost its meaning thanks to morons such as yourself. Only the uneducated use that as an argument. Have a nice day, moron.

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

Oh, I don't have any idea what it means?? Me?? Yours for one, Mrs. Smartypants. Your comment was one of the racist ones. I'm over the us vs them getting justified by creeps like yourself. Have a nice day, racist. There. Was that specific enough for you, dear? :)

Rachel Davidson
Rachel Davidson

What comment was racist? That term is tossed around so much you likely have no idea what it really means, now that is embarrassing.

Catherine Claire
Catherine Claire

If I had turned in a paper so blatantly misrepresenting facts yet claiming causality, I would have gotten an F.

Ksmith Wash
Ksmith Wash

This is by far the most worthless results I have ever read from a so called "clear study!"... As Black human being I am embarrassed by the lack of common sense, true concern & respect toward my brothers and sisters. No one is taught how to be human we just are! Those who choose to make very bad decisions starting with parents that clearly affect the future of their children yes to me are simply mindless and just don't care about their future! The truth is I don't know any Black person that dreams of living in a high crime area! Areas were most of the homes are boarded up, were their grandparents can't sit outside , or their children know what gun shots sound like and can't swing on the swing or make mud pies and dream of being a chef! WHAT I HAVE FOUND IS: When there is an abandoned home in a neighborhood or several that my people do not complaine and push hard enough for it to be torn down or when there is a dirty corner store selling over priced milk that they don't complain, or if there are only fast food restaurants in the area and they are unkept and the people are rude the corporate offices should be called! CHANGE COMES WHEN: People require more, demand more and expect nothing less but better! CRIME in my city overall makes me sick and I am tired of seeing people being disrespected and killed throughout OUR CITY! There is soo much more that really is a true factor in the so called "high" crime rate in the black communities that the article never truly details correctly!!! AS A HUMAN we all should be concerned about our neighbors and neighborhoods! NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE YOU SHOULD EXPECT BETTER, DEMAND BETTER AND BE BETTER!

Lisa Corley Davis
Lisa Corley Davis

It seems any time race is discussed white racists are flooding these comments sections with hateful nonsense. Way to show your "superiority" idiots. Embarrassing not only for my race, but for all of humanity. Seriously embarrassing.

Vince Laskowski
Vince Laskowski

So.... If the man who wrote this article was white... And wrote the exact same article.... Wouldn't everyone agree he's an idiot?

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Lets just start calling this guy an uncle tom and get on with our lives in our nice suburbs..

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