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Poverty and Hardship – Then and Now
September 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
Every year, CHN provides training on what to expect from the Census Bureau’s annual poverty, income, and health insurance data, and how to find and use the data online. But the pandemic and the ensuing economic shutdown has complicated the data that’s being released and its interpretation. But don’t fret: We’re tailoring our training to prepare you for this year’s needs.
Join us for a webinar that will put the upcoming Census Bureau release in context and tell you how to use its findings. The Census Bureau’s new data, to be released on Sept. 14, covers the year 2020. But there is also more current data, available this year for the first time, that we want you to know how to use. Together, these sources make the case for the package of poverty-fighting policies proposed for action now in Congress.
The timing is perfect for you to learn about and act on this information – so please join us!
The Context: Economic progress means addressing racial and ethnic disparities
William Spriggs: An economist with a distinguished career in public policy and equity in employment, William Spriggs is a professor in, and former Chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University and Chief Economist for the AFL-CIO. He served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama Administration, and had senior economic policy roles at the Economic Policy Institute, National Urban League, and at the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.
Today’s Reality: We’ll hear from Christopher Wimer and Megan Curran from the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy and Claire Zippel from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to learn about current monthly poverty estimates and the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse data showing the hardships households face trying to cover regular household expenses, including food, housing, and utilities.
How to Put it Together: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, will explain how to use the data coming out on September 14, and how to combine it with the other sources to make the case for a Build Back Better agenda that can lead to unprecedented progress in reducing poverty.
This webinar will be close captioned. Even if you can’t attend, register and we’ll follow up with a captioned recording, slides, and other important resources that will help you learn about and act on the information the Census Bureau is releasing.