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Percept Smart Variables:
The RISC Score
 
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States of Stress

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According to the Census Bureau's recent poverty report, about 1.3 million more people were poor in 2001 than in 2000. Nearly half a million more families sunk below the poverty threshold: $18,104 annual income for a family of four and $14,128 for a family of three. (This followed a record low in 2000).
Percept combines poverty level with other "stress conditions" to assess what it calls a RISC* score for a given area, ranging from 0 to 10 (10 being Critically High—see scoring below). These other stress conditions are high school dropout rate, households with a single mother, and unusually high concern about issues such as community problems, family problems, and/or basic necessities (food, housing and jobs). In larger areas such as states RISC scores tend to average out across a diverse population. Yet it is important to note that states with low scores will have high-risk communities within them and, conversely, states with high RISC scores will contain communities characterized as low-risk.
HIGHS AND LOWS Assessing the 50 states by these listed stress conditions, the land of Delta Blues (Mississippi and Louisiana) scores highest, while the land of the Rocky Mountain High (Colorado) owns the sole distinction of a "very low" RISC score. See the map below for the remaining forty-seven states. . .
RISC (Regionally Indexed Stress Conditions) Scoring is as follows: 10 is critically high; 8-9 is very high; 6-7 is somewhat high; 5 is average; 3-4 is somewhat low; 1-2 is very low; and, 0 is extremely low.
 
 
NOTE TO LINK2LEAD MEMBERS*
Find the RISC Score for your ZIP Code area in FirstView™,
available to you at no charge, by clicking here.
 
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Percept's Regionally Indexed Stress Conditions
Source: Percept; U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000

RISC Score by State
PLACES WITH HIGHEST
RISC SCORE (9 or 10) AND
POPULATION OVER 400,000
  PLACE ST POPULATION
1 Mississippi State MS 2,865,946
2 KingsCounty NY 2,480,366
3 Bronx County NY 1,342,483
4 Baltimore County MD 646,034
5 Orleans Parish LA 484.210
PLACES WITH LOWEST
RISC SCORE (0 or 1) AND
POPULATION OVER 900,000
  PLACE ST POPULATION
1 Suffolk County NY 1,431,351
2 Nassau County NY 1,340,054
3 Oakland County MI 1,202,894
4 Fairfax County VA 981,537
5 Du Page County IL 913,359
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l Ministry Ideas l
     
 
Download a FirstView report for your ZIP code area. Review the community stress level and contributing factors on Page 5 of the report and consider what your church might do to address some of the needs that you see. . .
 
 
l Read Churches that Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works (Sider, Olson, Unruh; Baker Book House, 2002). This is a great resource for developing a "holistic ministry", one that pursues the spiritual and physical needs of the community. Even if you don't embrace the complete vision of the authors, the book will give you and your congregation many useful ideas for outreach in stressed communities.
l Go to MinistryMatch on this website by clicking here, or select the My Congregation tab at the top of the page and then select MinistryMatch on the left menu of that section. Take a minute to fill in the form with your existing ministries/programs and see how they match community preferences. Then, consider developing ministries that are indicated with high community preference.
l There may be ways you can help immediately. Talk to community leaders already involved in social services. Literacy programs, meals programs, after-school child care for single mothers. . . the list of needs may be long.
l In areas of high RISC score, suicides may be one severe byproduct. Consider working with suicide prevention organizations or perhaps starting one as a church. See the Survivors of Suicide ministry featured in last month's QuikStory (Vol. 1, No. 6) about St. Thomas Church in Campbellsville, KY.
 
     
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