Children, Families, and Communities


RAND research addresses child health and how families and neighborhoods affect child well-being. Other family-focused research covers topics such as immigration, caregiving, and household finances. Through studies on families as well as community resilience, RAND develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

  • Buildings in the Homestead neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 25, 2017, photo by Nick Amoscato / CC BY 2.0


    Vulnerability, Inequity, and COVID-19: The Pandemic in Allegheny County

    May 24, 2021

    No community in the United States has been spared from the effects of COVID-19. But the pandemic has affected certain populations more than others. This interactive tool shows how underserved communities in Pittsburgh and in Allegheny County have experienced inequities in cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and the ability to practice physical distancing.

  • Woman walking by a convenience store with signs indicating acceptance of WIC and food stamps in Chelsea, Massachusetts, April 16, 2020, photo by Keiko Hiromi/Reuters


    The Biden Administration's Chance to Improve SNAP and Nutrition Support

    May 19, 2021

    If policymakers were to make permanent the relaxed rules forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be a start to increased racial equity in SNAP. Given broad public support for SNAP, making benefits easier to access, particularly for those already eligible, could be a bipartisan priority.

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