U.S. Human Development Report Release, July 16, 2008

The American Human Development Project will release “The Measure of America: American Human Development Report 2008-2009,” the first-ever report about human development in the United States. The report introduces a single measure – the American Human Development Index – that will help policymakers, business and non-profit leaders, the media and people all over the country understand the country’s current circumstances in a clear and unique way.

Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, report co-authors and co-founders of the Project
Edmund Cain, vice president, Grants Programs, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Raymond C. Offenheiser, president, Oxfam America
Darren Walker, vice president, Foundation Initiatives, The Rockefeller Foundation

July 16, 2008 @ 9:30 a.m. RSVP required.

The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045

The American Human Development (HD) Index combines into one measure three issues Americans care about most – health, education and income. As the economy weakens and gas and food prices rise, public concern about these issues steadily increases. Health, education and jobs dominate as key issues in the presidential campaigns. The American HD Index reveals that some groups are living 10, 20, even 50 years behind others, who don’t have the same access to healthcare, education and decent job opportunities. The report examines why, despite living in the richest country in the world, Americans don’t live as long as people from virtually all Western European and Nordic countries. The report also offers a prescription to improve the nation’s well-being.