U-M develops map to examine poverty in Michigan


ANN ARBOR — A new online map of Michigan has been developed to make large volumes of data about poverty and well-being easier to understand.

The map was developed as part of Poverty Solutions, the University of Michigan's initiative dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

It's designed to help policymakers, community organizations and the public understand poverty in their communities.

H. Luke Shaefer, associate professor of social work and public policy and director of Poverty Solutions, said that by "looking at a range of things, we learn more about the strengths and opportunities for improving the lives of Michigan residents."

Information for the map comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, the United Way, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings and other sources.

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