The Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) Rate measures the number of TFA recipients per 1000 residents, including Regular and Unemployed Parent Programs.
Measuring the number of residents receiving family assistance measures the amount of wealth owned by residents. The need for assistance indicates lack of income or resources to survive independently. A greater number of recipients for family assistance suggest lower employment rates and lower access to health care and healthy food1, which increase physical and psychological stress2. The accumulation of these factors lead to poor health outcomes for residents receiving financial assistance1.
1 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. http://www.commissiononhealth.org/Income.aspx
2 California Newsreel, Nationality Minority Consortia, Joint Center Health Policy Institute. Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/resources.php?topic_id=2
Connecticut Department of Social Services Temporary Family Assistance data 2008. Data are provided at both the caseload and recipient levels and are available for children under 18 and adults. Data acquired through direct contact with office. Estimated population data pulled from [http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?A=1106&Q=250666].