State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and we work with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as children’s dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective, high-quality home visiting programs, public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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Highly effective, low-cost clinical prevention strategies rarely exist for the public’s health ills. That is what dental sealants are for the problem of tooth decay. A $53 sealant provided to a child at the right time can reduce decay in permanent molars by 80 percent in the first two years and continue to be effective for nearly five years. Read More
As school districts nationwide serve more nutritious foods to students, cafeterias have become classrooms that help children to develop healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Lunchrooms also serve as gathering places for parent-teacher organizations and student groups. And schools across the country are making their kitchen facilities available to the public for activities that promote health and... Read More
State and local governments have seen an uptick in retirement rates among baby boomers and other older people who make up a large segment of their workforce, and this development could have major implications as policymakers consider changes to benefit programs for public workers. Read More
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