Tagged: Economic Stability

A Call for Cross-Sector Collaboration to End Poverty. Let’s Listen.

Recently, Michael Rubinger, the head of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the country’s largest investors in low-income neighborhoods, wrote that “poverty is a massive public health problem.” This is profound. Why? It implies that two critical sectors working in low-income communities — public health and community development — in fact have common …

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What is Financial Health? And Why Public Health and Community Development Professionals Should Pay Attention

Financial services are an important form of community development. And as the President and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Jennifer Tescher is working to improve the financial health of all Americans with a specific focus on the underserved. The Build Healthy Places Network’s Barbara Ray sat down with Tescher in Chicago …

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Credit Builder: Q&A with Senior Associate Daniel Lau

Build Healthy Places Network senior associate, Daniel Lau, helped low-income families gain access to financial capital. He says our financial and physical health are more closely linked than many of us would like to believe. Build Heathy Places Network (BHPN): How does your background in helping families build financial capital inform the work you’re doing …

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Improving Population Health by Reducing Poverty: New York’s Earned Income Tax Credit

Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Improve Health? Poverty and health have a well-established relationship: lower socioeconomic status leads to worse health outcomes. Yet research has rarely tested the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at improving health. In this paper, Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, …

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