8:13 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Study: Poor Gut Health Persists In Malnourished Children, Even After Treatment

A Bangladeshi mother holds her malnourished child.

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 10:09 pm

New research out of Washington University could help explain why malnourished children suffer long-term health effects, even after medical treatment.

As young children develop, the community of bacteria and other microbes in their intestines develops with them. In healthy children, the community reaches maturity about the time a child turns two years old.

Washington University microbiologist Jeff Gordon calls those tens of trillions of intestinal microbes “an organ within an organ,” because of the key role they play in helping people digest food and absorb its nutrients.

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11:03 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Faith-based advocacy groups unite for economic dignity in a "Moral Missouri"

Faith leaders pray during a gathering in Quinn Chapel AME Church. They gathered together to strategize about ways to take action for greater economic dignity in Missouri.
Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Faith-based advocacy groups are uniting with hopes of making change in Missouri on behalf of the state's most vulnerable and marginalized population.

Representatives from groups around the state met Friday (March 7) in Quinn Chapel AME Church in Jefferson City to share the action they’re taking in their communities, and develop strategies on how to work together.

On their agenda: pushing for early voting. Improving public education. Expanding Medicaid.

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5:29 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

How to reduce poverty in Missouri

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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11:20 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Columbia joins national movement for better fast-food worker wages

Community members prepare to walk across the street to stand outside Hardee's as part of a national movement for better wages.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

"Can't survive on $7.35  -- can't survive on $7.35." 

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5:09 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Missouri activists tackle poverty

Peter Edelman speaks at the 2013 Poverty Summit in Jefferson City, Mo., Tuesday, April 09, 2013. Edelman is a lifelong antipoverty advocate who worked for the Clinton administration.

Activists from across the state met in Jefferson City today to discuss ways to end poverty.

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5:30 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Increased funding to help young people

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:23 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Learning what poverty's really like

Ed Yourdon Flickr

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side.

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11:38 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Heart of Missouri United way targets the causes of poverty

Heart of Missouri United Way announced its new funding recipients Wednesday as part of its Community Impact model, which will shift focus from assisting those living in poverty to targeting causes of poverty.

Eight new agencies will receive funding next year, and some agencies will lose funding as Heart of Missouri United Way seeks to reduce need in poor communities, not just fill it.

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9:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Community works to CRUSH Hunger

Allison Whittom, Jake Thompson and Jacob Stevens prepare to put packages of food in boxes.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Hundreds of volunteers packaged thousands of food packages to send to hunger-stricken countries during CRUSH Hunger on Sunday. 

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11:11 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Good news and bad news on Missouri's gender gap

This map shows the good news: more women are getting college degrees.
Women's Policy Alliance

In Missouri, women still earn just 74 cents to the dollar, compared to men – one of the worst ratios in the nation. But a report released yesterday also has some good news on gender equality in Missouri, especially in higher education. 

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6:08 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Missouri United Way changes funding strategy

The Heart of Missouri United Way voted last week to adopt a new strategy that will focus future funding on programs that address poverty and other issues with at-risk children.

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