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Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.

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Critical Value is a podcast from the Urban Institute that explores issues of significance for research, policy, and people. We talk with experts and highlight the best available data and evidence to elevate the debate on topics that matter.

    How to Build Vaccine Confidence

    How to Build Vaccine Confidence

    Vaccines work -- but they only work if people get them. How can communities make sure that as many of their residents get vaccinated as possible? Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute researcher Leandra Lacy; Luis Garcia, director of technology and analytics at El Buen Samaritano; and Treshika Melvin, advocacy, training, and power building director at Springboard to Opportunities, about how to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence, especially in areas where racial and ethnic disparities exist. This episode was produced with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Related Links:
    Partnering for Vaccine Equity
    Leveraging Community Expertise to Advance Health Equity
    Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic for Building Urban Health Equity

    • 24 min
    How Community Development Can Promote Equity

    How Community Development Can Promote Equity

    Equitable community engagement and development can seed systems change that supports long-term health and well-being within communities. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute researcher Laudy Aron; Maggie Super Church, vice president for healthy and resilient communities at the Conservation Law Foundation; Vedette Gavin, senior research consultant at the Conservation Law Foundation; and Robyn Gibson, resident researcher and site coordinator for the Healthy Neighborhoods Study, about what equitable community engagement and development looks like in practice. This episode was produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
     
    Related Links:
    Blame Policies, Not Places, for Poor Health
    What’s Different When the Community Collects the Data?
    Driving Systems Change Forward: Leveraging Multisite, Cross-Sector Initiatives to Change Systems, Advance Racial Equity, and Shift Power
    Mutual Accountability Is the Key to Equity-Oriented Systems Change
    Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund
    Healthy Neighborhoods Study
    New Insights On How Philanthropy Can Improve Community Health

    • 26 min
    How the Safety Net Can Better Serve Young People

    How the Safety Net Can Better Serve Young People

    All young people need support and a runway to independence to develop into thriving adults. For those without this support, that’s where public safety net programs come in⁠—but the safety net has substantial gaps and barriers that make access challenging for young people. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban researcher Heather Hahn, young people who’ve interacted with the safety net, and employees at youth-serving organizations to understand how to improve safety net programs for 14-to-24-year-olds in ways that meet their basic needs and build on their strengths.
    Related Links:
    Young People and the Safety Net
    Young People’s Lived Experiences with Safety Net Programs: Insights from Young People
    and Youth-Serving Organizations
    Understanding the Challenges Young People Face in Navigating the Safety Net

    • 23 min
    Policy Lessons from Abroad to Inform Pandemic Recovery

    Policy Lessons from Abroad to Inform Pandemic Recovery

    As the nation aims to recover from the pandemic, policymakers have the opportunity to implement policies that build toward a more inclusive, equitable society. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute researcher Kimberly Burrowes; Jon Kher Kaw, senior urban development specialist at the World Bank; Ernesto Falcon, senior legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and Richard Sewell, deputy director for digital infrastructure for the Welsh government, about how innovative policies and programs from abroad could inform initiatives in the United States. This episode was produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    Related Links:   

    From the Streets to Citizen Spaces 

    Lessons from Superfast Cymru for Broadband Access in the United States 

    Lessons from Abroad for an Inclusive Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    • 26 min
    How Apprenticeships Can Help Diversify the Tech Workforce?

    How Apprenticeships Can Help Diversify the Tech Workforce?

    Registered tech apprenticeship programs create vital pathways for diverse candidates to enter the tech industry, supplying companies with needed talent while advancing the crucial industry goals to cultivate an inclusive tech workforce. Host Justin Milner talks with Urban Institute researchers Diana Elliott and Fernando Hernandez-Lepe; apprentices Chrystal Yeoman and Jed Beddo; and Sarah Boisvert, founder and CEO of Fab Lab Hub and New Collar Network in Santa Fe, New Mexico, about common challenges stakeholders face when developing tech apprenticeships, how tech apprenticeships can address skills and opportunity mismatches between employers and workers, and how apprenticeships can increase diversity in the tech industry.

    • 22 min
    The Books, Podcasts, and TV Shows That Are Getting Us through the Pandemic

    The Books, Podcasts, and TV Shows That Are Getting Us through the Pandemic

    It’s been 17 months since the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed our lives. It has been difficult, but we have found some outlets helped us reflect on, and even escape, our current reality. On this episode with guest host Jacinth Jones, you’ll hear from Urban staff about the books, miniseries and podcasts that have been getting them through since March 2020.
    Related Links:
    WandaVision, The Death of Vivek Oji, The Vanishing Half, The Kite Runner, The Atomic Habits, A Gentleman in Moscow, Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, Maintenance Phase, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT Up New York, 1987 to 1993

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

caseybart ,

Evidenced based solutions

This podcast finds empirically tested solutions for large societal problems and how public policy can guide those solutions.

Maxwell Kent ,

Relevant content for a digital future

Milner’s podcast finds the intersection between story-telling and data analysis in a way that’s engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking. As an data science student, this podcast inspires me about what opportunities can lie ahead. It also provides warnings about the societal impacts that these technologies have on society and how I can take personal steps towards creating equity and fairness in technology.

Welfare Matters ,

Fantastic talks with some suggestions

This series of talks is amazing, covering wide topics like justice, income support, tax, etc. it would be great if more can be introduced and discussed about different types of welfare programs in a bit detail (history, pros cons, potential reforms) such as food stamp, assisted housing, Medicaid Medicare, etc.

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