PolicyMap Newsletter: Back to School – Where Are Stakes Highest for The Most Vulnerable Among Us?

Pandemic Education Setbacks

Back to School: Where Are Stakes Highest for The Most Vulnerable Among Us?

Back-to-school preparations for this year carry a mix of optimism, trepidation, and concern about children’s setbacks exacerbated by the pandemic. As the pandemic shows no signs of abating, many of us are wondering if the spread of the delta variant of the virus will necessitate a return to remote learning this fall and, if so, which communities are at greatest risk of exacerbated inequalities.

To answer these questions, we’ve added new data to PolicyMap: school remote learning and reopening rates for the 2020-2021 school year, as well as weekly updates on remote/hybrid/in-person school tracker data for fall and winter 2021 as a part of our Premium and Enterprise License subscriptions.

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Map Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Your Community

Mapping inequality is difficult, and even more so without the right data. That’s why PolicyMap has compiled these resources and solutions to help you get started on mapping and analyzing disparities such as access to homeownership, achievement gaps, environmental justice, and the impact of COVID-19. How might you use our data to examine inequality in your community?

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Health Policy Students at Lister Hill Center Dig Deeper Into Place-Based Data

Ariann Nassel, LHC’s Director of Geospatial Data Visualization, wants health policy students to appreciate the importance of integrating place data into public health research. But many public health students have limited experience with complex GIS technology or expertise in mapping social determinants of health. Ariann found the perfect solution in PolicyMap.

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How Have SBA 7(a) and 504 Loans Been Distributed?

As concern over the state of small business, devastated by mandated lockdowns and restrictions, continues to rise, the SBA’s 7(a) and 504 loan programs provide an invaluable relief that might not be available through traditional lending. Observing how small business loans play a role within communities regarding jobs and equitable growth is essential for refining and growing future programs.

PolicyMap now has data on the locations of 7a and 504 loans from SBA. The data shows the location of small businesses that received loans, and it can be filtered by industry, loan amount, approval year, loan status, jobs supported, and others.

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Upcoming Events

Join PolicyMap at PaLA 2021!

September 27th – 29th

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is hosting a three-day conference and expo filled with digital workshops, online events, poster sessions and more. Find us in the virtual exhibit hall showcasing solutions for strategic planning and reporting, visualizing community needs, and measuring organization impact.

Register to attend by September 21, 2021.