Medicaid Matters: Charting the Course to a Healthier Alabama

Alabma Arise, June 2020

ALABAMA MEDICAID supports the health care system that serves us all. Whether you have employer health coverage, a private plan, public insurance like Medicaid or Medicare, or no coverage at all, you will likely benefit at some point from facilities and services that Medicaid makes possible.

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2020 Barriers to Prosperity Data Sheet

Alabama Possible, May 2020

Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity, today released its 2020 Barriers to Prosperity Data SheetMore than 800,000 Alabamians, including 256,000 children, live below the federal poverty threshold, which is $25,701 for a family of four.

Poverty has decreased by 2.4 percentage points since it hit a peak of 19.2 percent in 2014. However, Alabama’s poverty rate of 16.8 percent remains substantially higher than the national average of 13.1 percent.

Alabama’s median household income is at a peak of $49,881. However, the gap between Alabama’s median household income and the national median household income stands at $12,056.

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Social Analysis Reports

The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) in New Orleans recently released reports summarizing the socio-economic conditions of nine communities in the Jesuits USA Central and Southern (UCS) Province. These fact-filled reports are being shared with Jesuit apostolates in each area.

The project stemmed from a recommendation of the UCS Province’s Social Ministries Commission as a means of helping Jesuits, apostolates and colleagues make informed apostolic decisions. The reports focus on economic, social, political, cultural, religious and environmental realities and trends and serve as a “composition of place” for each city where the province has ministries.

The social analysis reports are available as pdfs by clinking on the links below: 



SNAP Helps 1 in 9 Workers in Alabama Put Food on the Table 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

September 12, 2017

SNAP plays a crucial role in helping workers in low-paying jobs afford a basic diet in Alabama. Roughly 236,900 Alabamian workers live in households that participated in SNAP in the last year, Census data show.

Millions of Americans work in jobs with low wages, inconsistent schedules, and no benefits such as paid sick leave — all of which contribute to high turnover and spells of unemployment. Many of these workers get help putting food on the table through SNAP.


Dr. Demetrius Semien, is the lead JSRI liaison to Alabama groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

Alabama JustSouth Articles

ARISE: Making a Difference in Alabama--Semien [JustSouth Quarterly, Winter 2016]

Troublemakers of the Beloved Community: The 50th Anniversary of theLetter from Birmingham Jail--Mikulich [JustSouth E-News, April 2013]

A Legacy of “Cussedness”: Update on Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Enforcement Laws -- Weishar [JustSouth E-News, August 2012]

That "Merciless Law": The Faith Response to Alabama's HB 56--Ted Arroyo, SJ, and Dr. Sue Weishar [JustSouth Quarterly--Winter 2011]

Injustice Unleashed! HB 56 takes hold in Alabama--Weishar [JustSouth E-News, October 2011]

Gulf oil spill!: An unprecedented disaster for the environment, the economy, and the livelihood of Gulf Coast fishing communities--Mikulich [JustSouth E-News, May 2010]