The issue overview report for the 23rd Indiana Family Impact Seminar, The Digital Divide: How Does it Divide Hoosiers, is now available. This report provides an overview of the issues covered in the seminar, which took place on 12/10/2020. The report is a collaboration of Christine McCall, Family Policy Intern and 2020 recipient of the Levien Family Policy Scholarship; Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Center for Families Director; and Rob Duncan, Family Policy Scholar.
The pandemic has highlighted the “digital divide”. Broadband access varies widely across Indiana, and affects key elements of the state budget including K-12 education and health care. This Family Impact Seminar shared evidence about useful policy strategies and featured the following presentations.
The Indiana Family Impact Seminars are held annually for Indiana Legislators and Policymakers, aimed to provide objective, high-quality research on family issues to: (1) build greater respect for and use of research in policy decisions; (2) encourage policymakers to examine policies and programs through the lens of family impacts; (3) provide neutral, nonpartisan opportunities for legislators to engage in open dialogue for fostering relationships and finding common ground.
The Seminars are a project of the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations which includes: Center for Families, Purdue University; Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies, Ball State University; Families First; Health and Human Sciences Extension, Purdue University; Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; Indiana Extension Homemakers Association; Marion County Commission On Youth, Inc. (MCCOY Inc.); and National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter.