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Baby Boomers and Millennials Boost Population in Parts of Rural America

January 2017: Article Two demographic groups—young adults ages 20 to 34 and older adults ages 65 and older—are reshaping the population in rural America. Changes in the U.S. economy have attracted young adults to rural areas rich in natural resources away from smaller metropolitan and nearby nonmetropolitan areas. The older adult population, on the other hand, has grown rapidly in areas with strong ties to recreation—areas with robust entertainment industries or natural amenities such as mountains, lakes, and forests—many of which are in less-populated areas.

Existing Data Show Increase in Married Same-Sex U.S. Couples

December 2016: Article The number of married same-sex couples in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in every U.S. state. Married same-sex couples totaled an estimated 486,000 by October 2015, representing 45 percent of all same-sex couples, up from the 2013 level of 230,000 married same-sex couples, 21 percent of the total.

Poverty and Inequality Pervasive in Two-Fifths of U.S. Counties

November 2016: Article Over the past two decades, inequality and poverty have both become more pervasive in U.S. counties. PRB’s analysis shows that counties are often doubly disadvantaged—experiencing high levels of inequality in combination with high poverty rates. Orleans Parish, Louisiana, home to the Port of New Orleans (pictured above), is an example of a high-inequality, high-poverty county.

Longevity Research: Unraveling the Determinants of Healthy Aging and Longer Life Spans

November 2016: Report Most people know about the importance of eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking to prevent disease and increase longevity. But researchers have identified many other factors—including genetics, social connections, early-life experiences, and even certain personality traits—that may affect life expectancy.

Global Youth Family Planning Index: Measuring Commitment to Effective Policy and Program Interventions

October 2016: Report Governments around the world have made great strides in creating policies that support young people. Increasingly, countries have formalized the rights of adolescents and young people to access sexual and reproductive health services. Despite growing commitment from decisionmakers, many barriers remain for young people who want to use contraception.

PACE Kenya Datasheet

October 2016: Datasheet The PACE Project, in collaboration with Kenya’s National Council for Population and Development (NCPD), produced a new data sheet with findings from the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS). The data sheet includes figures that explain national data for married women ages 15 to 49 on the demand for contraception that was satisfied, use of or intention to use contraception, and the most popular sources of contraception.

Fostering Economic Growth, Equity, and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Family Planning

October 2016: Report Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will be the world’s greatest demographic player this century—its population will quadruple from 960 million to about 4 billion and it will account for almost 100 percent of the world’s estimated 2 billion increase in workforce. This new report explores how family planning could and should play a much larger role in Africa’s future through strengthening global competitiveness, advancing equitable growth, and building resilience against natural and manmade stressors and shocks for families, communities, and nations across the region.

Media Toolkit

September 2016: Lesson Plan PRB has worked with hundreds of journalists from developing countries to help them understand issues related to population, reproductive health, and gender status, so that they can report on them accurately and comprehensively. This media toolkit was funded by USAID under the PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced) project and based on lessons learned through our global journalism program Women’s Edition. The toolkit showcases PRB’s capacity efforts so that others who want to engage with the news media can learn from our work and expand the reach of this successful media training.

New Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Toolkit Launched

September 2016: Article In September 2016, the Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health (PACE) project launched a completely revised Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) toolkit. The updates to the PHE toolkit include streamlining and reorganizing the structure and modifying the contents to ensure that recent research, evaluations, and other resources are all available. Rather than serving as a repository of every available PHE publication, the redesigned toolkit showcases the best and most recent resources, along with classic PHE reference materials.

New Online Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Course Available on Global Health e-Learning Platform

September 2016: Article PRB launched a revised Population, Health, and the Environment (PHE) course for USAID’s Global Health e-Learning (GHeL) Center. The revised PHE eLearning course will help development practitioners, policy advocates, and others interested in integrated approaches to development understand how and why the PHE approach is an efficient and effective way for countries to achieve the SDGs, and a means of increasing equity for family planning and health services in remote communities.

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