Alarming New Data Show Texas Uninsured Population Growing Amid Pandemic

Across all states, Texans are the least likely to get alternate coverage after losing job-based insurance. This means that as the number of unemployment claims in Texas continues to grow, a significant portion of Texans losing their job-based insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to end up uninsured. While health coverage has always been a critical element of financial security and access to health care, the state’s failure to expand Medicaid could now have even more devastating effects on the health and financial well-being of many Texans, especially the communities of color who are bearing the brunt of the ongoing crisisRead full report here>>

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: 




El Paso



State of Texas Children 2017 Child Well-Being in the Rio Grande Valley

Center for Public Policy Priorities

November 30, 2017

We all want a bright future for our children, and we want the Rio Grande Valley to be a place that makes that bright future possible. As the area’s economy and population grow, its future depends on the health, education, and financial security of all its children – across neighborhood, income, immigration status, race and ethnicity.1 Located on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Rio Grande Valley is a place of rich culture and possibilities. However, on many indicators of children’s health, education and financial security, the Valley is not doing as well as Texas overall, revealing a pattern of disinvestment in children’s futures.

Texas JustSouth Articles

JustSouth Index 2016: Texas Score Card --Donovan

Caught in the Middle: American Citizens Denied Birth Certificates in Texas-- Donovan [JustSouth Quarterly, Winter 2015]

Smart Criminal Justice Reform: Mississippi and Texas Leading Gulf South States-- Mikulich [JustSouth Quarterly, Fall 2014]

So Help Us God: Life, Death, and Voting Rights in the Texas Colonias--Michael Seifert [JustSouth Quarterly, Spring 2012]

A Beacon of Hope on the Border--Fr. Edwin L. Gros, SJ [JustSouth Quarterly, Fall 2010]

Contradictions on the border--Chavez [JustSouth E-Newsletter, May 2010]

Suffer the children--Chavez [JustSouth E-Newsletter, February 2010]