Spotlight’s issue areas focus on select topics that are critical to understanding the full scope of poverty in the United States and the steps lawmakers must take to ensure that low-income Americans have access to economic mobility. In this section, Spotlight seeks to draw attention to family well-being, health, rural poverty, education, economic opportunity and the needs of specific populations such as women and the elderly. Each topic area offers the latest news, research and opinions from policymakers, advocates and experts in the field. Spotlight also offers links to organization that track developments and make policy recommendations in these critical areas.

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