A Bipartisan Approach to Reducing Poverty and its Consequences via Evidence-Based Prevention Science
On December 2, 2015 The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) hosted a briefing with nationally recognized experts on poverty. Poverty is an urgent and multi-faceted problem that underlies, in part, the recent upheavals in several American cities (NPSC-Brief, Poverty-Effects, Policy-Implications).
Our briefing speakers focused on evidence-based prevention practices shown to a) improve individual and family economic security, b) lessen the negative effects of poverty (e.g., poor child development, academic failure, mental illness), and c) break the cycle of poverty across multiple generations. These strategies can strengthen families and communities, help youth to develop successfully, and save taxpayer dollars.
Dr. Diana Fishbein, C. Eugene Bennett Chair of Prevention Research at The Penn State University and Co-Director of the NPSC moderated the event and made opening remarks (click here to view this presentation).
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The Roots of Poverty and its Effects
Dr. J. Lawrence Aber (Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy and University Professor, New York University)
Overview of Issues Involved in Reducing Poverty Across Generations: An Environmental Framework for Intervention
Dr. Anthony Biglan (Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute)
Applying this Framework to Increasing Social Mobility and Economic Status via a Well-Established Intervention: The Nurse Family Partnership
Dr. David Olds (Professor of Pediatrics and Director Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics)
Beth Glicker, Nurse-Family Partnership practitioner and recipient of the program talk about the effects on her economic and social standing.
Congressional legislators Bobby Scott, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, and G. K. Butterfield
discussed their approach to poverty and its relevance to prevention.