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Poverty

What Can We Expect from the New Poverty, Income and Health Insurance Data, And How Can We Find the Info We Need?

September 4, 2019

Register here.

On September 10th, the Census Bureau will release national poverty and income data, as well as nationwide and state health insurance data. Other state and local findings will be out on September 26th and October 17th.

CHN’s annual preview is especially important this year: First, Jared Bernstein will share his incisive predictions about what the data will show (More uninsured after years of better news?  More progress in reducing poverty or stubbornly high numbers?). Second, there are changes both in the Census Bureau’s website and the timing of releases that we will help you navigate. Whether you plan to comment on September 10th or use the data over time, we will give you the tools you need.

Presenters:

  • Jared Bernstein: Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, famously and clearly analyzes economic trends both as an on-air commentator for CNBC and MSNBC, as well as regularly contributing to the Washington Post’s PostEverything blog and elsewhere. He hosts the respected blog On the Economy (jaredbernsteinblog.org). Jared will give you the forecast, telling you what to watch for, and what it means.
  • Deborah Weinstein: Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, provides practical information about how to get and use the information you need (local, state, and national), and shows how to navigate this year’s Census website and timing changes.

This webinar will be captioned.

The Latest Plan to Deny Assistance: Shrinking the Poverty Line

May 22, 2019

View the webinar at this link here.

The Latest Plan to Deny Assistance: Shrinking the Poverty Line

Wednesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m. ET(1:00 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11:00 a.m. PT)

By shrinking the poverty line over time, the Trump Administration is proposing to reduce the number of people who qualify for health care, nutrition, and other aid.

Join the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and CHN for a webinar that will tell you how this proposed change would affect people who need Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, school meals, LIHEAP, and many other programs.

The Trump White House is seeking comments by June 21 on changing the way the federal poverty line is adjusted annually for inflation. The webinar will clearly explain why this matters to children, seniors, people with disabilities, and others who are poor or near-poor. You’ll learn how shrinking the inflation adjustment will over time reduce vital assistance by billions of dollars as millions of people are disqualified.

You’ll get clear explanations from expert Center on Budget and Policy Priorities staff. You’ll get access to easy ways to provide comments online, and to resources with the facts and arguments you need.

This webinar will include closed-captioning – we appreciate your sharing with your networks that the webinar and recording provide this form of accessibility for those with hearing impairments.

Register Now! (All registrants will get the slides, webinar recording, and a follow-up email with links to the CHN webpage with resources and easy ways to comment.)

Using the New Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data: A Practical Guide

September 7, 2017

An archive of the webinar is available here.

On September 12 and 14, the Census Bureau will release its annual poverty, income and health insurance survey data. Don’t miss CHN’s handy preview to show you how to use the local, state, and national findings. You’ll get brilliant predictions and insights about trends. You’ll learn about the wealth of information available, and how it can help make your case for public investments in vital programs. Whether your organization wants to comment on the findings at the time of release or use them all year long, this webinar will give you the tools you need.

Poverty Data Webinar 2016

September 7, 2016

An archive of this webinar is available here.

Would you like to know …

  • whether poverty is growing or declining in your state?
  • how to use state and local data about income by race, age, or gender?
  • how to get the new Census Bureau poverty, income and health insurance data?
  • why cat videos attract more attention than sociology studies?

Get the answers to three of these questions in our annual Poverty Data Webinar!

Wednesday, September 7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET (Noon Pacific Time)

Jared Bernstein, nationally known economic expert you’ve seen on CNBC, MSNBC, and in the NY Times, Washington Post, and on NPR, will share his astute analysis of what the new data is likely to show for poverty, income, and health insurance, and why.  Jared is Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and previously was Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.

Deborah Weinstein will provide you with practical training so you can find and use the Census data as soon as it is released (The Census Bureau will publish the data on September 13 and 15).  She has specialized in helping advocates use national, state and local data, with clear instructions and follow-up help if you need it.  Debbie is Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs.

Ellen Teller, our moderator, will make sure the speakers answer as many of your questions as possible.  Ellen is a champion advocate, and is Director of Government Affairs at the Food Research and Action Center.

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

December 15, 2015

An archive of this webinar is available here.

A special webinar with authors Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, whose book $2 a Day describes in depth the lives of families living in extreme poverty in America.  $2.00 a Day has been included in theNew York Times Book Review list of 100 Notable Books of 2015.  When he reviewed the book in September, respected Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson wrote, “This essential book is a call to action, and one hopes it will accomplish what Michael Harrington’s “The Other America” achieved in the 1960s, arousing both the nation’s consciousness and conscience about the plight of a growing number of invisible citizens.”

Kathy and Luke will be joined by a panel of experts:  people who have lived in such deep poverty.  Their comments and questions,and yours, will be moderated by CHN’s executive director, Deborah Weinstein.

At a time when some are intent on feeding divisiveness and hatred, please join us in this call to conscience.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors:

Children’s Leadership Council

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

National Women’s Law Center

MomsRising

Using the New Poverty Data

September 9, 2015

An archive of this webinar is available here.

Using the New Poverty Data

Wednesday, September 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern time

The annual Census Bureau data about poverty, income, and health insurance will be released on September 16 and 17.  There is increasing recognition that poverty is stubborn, entrenched, and damaging.  There is also a growing body of evidence about what works to reduce poverty.

Learn how to get accurate information about your state and community – and how to use it to press for real solutions.

Presenters:

Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Jared, formerly Chief Economist and Economic Advisor for Vice President Biden and the Obama White House, and now a prominent writer and commentator on economic issues, will predict likely poverty and income trends in the new data.  And show us what works to reduce poverty – and what doesn’t.

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

Debbie has been providing practical, hands-on tips on using the Census survey data for a long time.  Each year, she works to streamline the info so you can find and use poverty, income, health insurance, education, disability, race/ethnicity, employment and other data for the nation, and for states and communities.

The webinar will give you step-by-step instructions to find the information you need, including trends over time and comparisons to other states.  All registrants will be sent those instructions and follow-up help when the Census Bureau releases its new reports.

Social & Economic Justice

Webinar – Why We Should Oppose Repealing Payday and Other Loan Protections

May 2, 2019

Click here to register.

Even if you can’t attend, sign up to gain access to a captioned recording and slides after the webinar.

Join the Coalition on Human Needs and Americans for Financial Reform for a webinar that will tell you all about rules that protect consumers from payday loans and other forms of predatory financing – and how the Trump Administration is trying to repeal those protections.

And you’ll learn how to slow down the Administration’s efforts by commenting on the dangers of their proposal.

In October 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final national rule that protected borrowers from appallingly high interest rates on payday and car title loans. For years, civil rights organizations, consumer advocates, faith groups, working families, and others across the country have pushed for a rule to protect their communities from the payday lending debt trap. But now the CFPB is looking to gut crucial protections against predatory payday lenders.

Join us to learn why payday and car title lending protections work, and how we can protect them. This webinar will feature expert speakers on the rule change and why it matters, as well as examples of why protections against payday lending work at the state level. You’ll also learn about how you can take action to stop the Trump Administration by commenting against the CFPB rule change.

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, will moderate.

The webinar will be captioned.

Census 2020: Why getting it right matters (a lot!)

January 23, 2019

A full captioned recording of the webinar, along with slides, is available here.

With 2019 now upon us, the 2020 Census is right around the corner. Join the Coalition on Human Needs and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to find out what you need to know as the year-long countdown to the next decennial census begins.

You’ll hear from experts on the importance of a complete and accurate count, how inadequate census outreach would be detrimental to our democracy, and an overview of the state of play around whether a citizenship question will be included. You’ll get a preview of what will happen between now and 2020, how to keep up the pressure on Congress and the Administration to ensure a fair Census, and what can be done to improve the count of certain populations such as young children that have been under-counted in the past.

The decennial census is one of the foundational building blocks of our democracy. The demographic information gleaned by the Census Bureau is used to make critical decisions both by the government and the private sector, such as the allocation of funding for social services and where non-profits and businesses decide to expand their operations. And the official count will be used for electoral redistricting and the reapportionment of Congress itself.

So much is at stake, and many important changes are in store for the 2020 Census. This time, there will be a greater emphasis on gathering Census form responses online. And in spite of a federal judge’s recent ruling, questions still remain about the inclusion of a citizenship question for the first time in decades, which could result in lower response rates from populations that have historically been undercounted to begin with.

 

How Benefit Cuts Impact People with Disabilities: How to Fight Back

April 19, 2018

You can view an archive of this webinar with ASL and captioning here.

Webinar:  How Benefit Cuts Impact People with Disabilities; How to Fight Back

Learn about likely federal policy threats affecting people with disabilities, in programs such as Medicaid, nutrition assistance, SSI/SSDI, housing and legal protections.  Included in the webinar will be a discussion of effective messaging to combat these threats, and action steps you can take to get involved. Following the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

WHEN: Thursday, April 19th, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

PRESENTERS:

T.J. Sutcliffe, Director of Income and Housing Policy at The Arc

Lisa Ekman, Co-Chair, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Fiscal Policy Task Force

Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Disability Policy, Center for American Progress

Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Moderator:  Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

This webinar is co-sponsored by Center for American Progress, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Fiscal Policy Task Force, and the Coalition on Human Needs. The webinar will be captioned and ASL interpreting will be provided; a transcript will be available, along with the recording and slides.

The 2020 Census: Why Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Count Matters

July 19, 2017

An archive of this webinar is available here.

This webinar co-sponsored by the Coalition on Human Needs, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Children’s Leadership Council, and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.

The 2020 Census may seem like a long time away, but decisions are being made now in Washington that will affect the accuracy of the count.  In the past, the Census has undercounted young children, communities of color, and low income rural and urban households; very much related, immigrants also are at risk of disproportionate undercounting.  This matters a lot:  much federal funding is distributed by formulas based on population and income, and some communities will get less than they should if their residents are not accurately counted.  Further, congressional, state legislative, and municipal districts are re-drawn every ten years based on the Census count.  In 2020, for the first time, the Census Bureau will promote the Internet as the primary way to answer the census, which may increase the likelihood of an undercount in low-income communities.

In this webinar, learn from national Census experts about how we can protect and improve on the Census’ accuracy, so that low-income communities are not shortchanged.  This webinar will be useful for advocates and service providers working at the local, state, or federal levels.  If your communities receive funding based on federal or state formulas, this webinar is important to you.

Presenters:       

Terri Ann Lowenthal is a nationally recognized expert on the U.S. census. During a 14-year career as a congressional aide, she was staff director of the House census oversight subcommittee from 1987-94, and has advised the Census 2000 Initiative and The Census Project, Funders Census Initiative, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and business and industry data users.  She will describe how the 2020 Census will be used and the preparations for it going on now.

William O’Hare has more than forty years of experience in statistical analysis of social and demographic data.  Previously a Senior Consultant with the KIDS COUNT Project at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill is the author of The Undercount of Young Children in the U.S. Decennial Census (SpringerBriefs in Population Studies).  Bill will explain about who is undercounted, with new state and local information and how advocates can use it.

Corrine Yu is Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and a leader in efforts to protect and improve the accuracy of the census.  She will describe action steps to make sure the Census is adequately funded and to prepare for the outreach needed in communities to get an accurate count.

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, moderator.

Health

How Benefit Cuts Impact People with Disabilities: How to Fight Back

April 19, 2018

You can view an archive of this webinar with ASL and captioning here.

Webinar:  How Benefit Cuts Impact People with Disabilities; How to Fight Back

Learn about likely federal policy threats affecting people with disabilities, in programs such as Medicaid, nutrition assistance, SSI/SSDI, housing and legal protections.  Included in the webinar will be a discussion of effective messaging to combat these threats, and action steps you can take to get involved. Following the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

WHEN: Thursday, April 19th, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

PRESENTERS:

T.J. Sutcliffe, Director of Income and Housing Policy at The Arc

Lisa Ekman, Co-Chair, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Fiscal Policy Task Force

Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Disability Policy, Center for American Progress

Rebecca Vallas, Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Moderator:  Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

This webinar is co-sponsored by Center for American Progress, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Fiscal Policy Task Force, and the Coalition on Human Needs. The webinar will be captioned and ASL interpreting will be provided; a transcript will be available, along with the recording and slides.

Child Lead Poisoning: Preventable Harm

May 3, 2016

An archive of this webinar is available here.

Child Lead Poisoning: Preventable Harm

A Webinar co-sponsored by the Coalition on Human Needs, First Focus, Children’s Leadership Council, Partnership for America’s Children, MomsRising, and the National Head Start Association

Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

The lead poisoning of children (and adults) in Flint, Michigan has focused the nation’s attention on the terrible human cost of allowing contamination of our water supply. We have since learned that lead in water affects many communities nationwide, and that lead from paint in older buildings is an even more prevalent source of child poisoning. We have known about this for a long time, and steps to reduce the lead around us in previous decades have dramatically reduced the number of children suffering from lead poisoning. But reduced investments by local, state, and federal governments have slowed our progress and brought preventable harm to more than half a million U.S. children.

This webinar will provide expert evidence about the consequences of lead poisoning in children, examples of work being done in Flint and Philadelphia to stop this scourge, and timely information about Congressional proposals to fund the solutions.

Speakers include:

Dr. Jennifer A. Lowry, MD, a pediatrician and national expert on medical toxicology, including lead poisoning, practicing at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She directs the Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PESHU) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 and serves as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health.

Colleen McCauley, Health Policy Director at Public Citizens for Children and Youth in Pennsylvania. She works on child health policies, with special emphasis on low-income and undocumented children in the metro Philadelphia area. Prior to joining PCCY in 2001, Colleen was a nurse and former Assistant Director of the Abbottsford Community Health Center in Philadelphia.

Moderator:

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs.

Budget & Appropriations

The Trump Budget: What You Need to Know

March 14, 2019

Stream a captioned version of this webinar and get the slides here.

Each year, the President is mandated by law to submit a proposed federal budget to Congress. The budget states the President’s priorities. For the Trump Administration, that means cuts to human needs programs and big Pentagon increases. This year, we expect the proposed budget will be released the week of March 11th.

The Coalition on Human Needs is hosting a webinar to tell you what you need to know about the Trump budget and the work ahead for better alternatives in Congress. One of the biggest issues: will Congress lift looming spending caps that will slash domestic programs by about 10 percent? We’ve already heard that the President wants to make deep cuts in domestic appropriations while dramatically increasing funds for the Pentagon. Advocates need to know how to prevent those cuts, how to fight against cuts to basic needs programs like Medicaid or SNAP, and how to advance real improvements in the services we need. On this webinar, you’ll find out more about the spending caps and how the President’s proposals will affect low- and moderate-income people through likely cuts to Medicaid, SNAP, housing, help for people with disabilities, education and job training, social services, and public health programs. And you’ll learn about opportunities to protect and expand human needs programs as Congress takes up the FY 2020 budget.

Speakers:

Sharon Parrott: Sharon is Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A preeminent expert on federal budget and anti-poverty policy, Sharon served for two years as Associate Director for the Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor (EIML) Division at the Office of Management and Budget within the Obama Administration.

Deborah Weinstein: Debbie is Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs. In her 16 years at CHN, she has focused on educating advocates about how to engage in critical federal budget choices on behalf of low-income people.

Accessibility Assistance:

The webinar will be captioned. The webinar will also be recorded, and all registrants will get the recording link with captions, slides, and follow-up information.

Register here.

Census 2020: Why getting it right matters (a lot!)

January 23, 2019

A full captioned recording of the webinar, along with slides, is available here.

With 2019 now upon us, the 2020 Census is right around the corner. Join the Coalition on Human Needs and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to find out what you need to know as the year-long countdown to the next decennial census begins.

You’ll hear from experts on the importance of a complete and accurate count, how inadequate census outreach would be detrimental to our democracy, and an overview of the state of play around whether a citizenship question will be included. You’ll get a preview of what will happen between now and 2020, how to keep up the pressure on Congress and the Administration to ensure a fair Census, and what can be done to improve the count of certain populations such as young children that have been under-counted in the past.

The decennial census is one of the foundational building blocks of our democracy. The demographic information gleaned by the Census Bureau is used to make critical decisions both by the government and the private sector, such as the allocation of funding for social services and where non-profits and businesses decide to expand their operations. And the official count will be used for electoral redistricting and the reapportionment of Congress itself.

So much is at stake, and many important changes are in store for the 2020 Census. This time, there will be a greater emphasis on gathering Census form responses online. And in spite of a federal judge’s recent ruling, questions still remain about the inclusion of a citizenship question for the first time in decades, which could result in lower response rates from populations that have historically been undercounted to begin with.

 

The Trump Budget: What You Need to Know 2018

February 14, 2018

An archived version of this webinar is available here.

Webinar:  Wednesday, February 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET
co-sponsored by the Coalition on Human Needs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Center for American Progress, and 
the Food Research & Action Center.

President Trump’s budget proposal for next year will be released on February 12.  Then the Trump Administration will try to sell Congress and the public on his priorities.  You need to know what’s proposed, and how it affects low- and moderate-income people and communities.  Last year, the Trump budget included massive cuts to Medicaid, SNAP, housing, help for people with disabilities, education and job training, social services, and public and environmental health programs.  Find out what’s the same or different, and whether they will package cuts under the theme of promoting work.

You’ll hear from federal budget expert Sharon Parrott, Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, get brand new related poll findings from expert John HalpinSenior Fellow at the Center for American Progressbrief action steps from Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, and added anti-hunger budget details from moderator Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs at the Food Research and Action Center.  There will be time for questions.

Trump’s Plans to Cut Human Needs Programs

March 21, 2017

An archive of this webinar is available here.

President Trump has announced plans to cut domestic programs to pay for Pentagon increases. Learn about the expected impact on housing, services for children, seniors and people with disabilities, nutrition, public health, and more.

This is the first step in a long budget process. You’ll hear from experts about what’s next – and the strategy to fight back.

The New Congress: How it Plans to Cut And How to Fight Back

December 16, 2016

An archive of this webinar is available here.

The Affordable Care Act. Medicaid. Medicare. SNAP. SSI.  Tax rates for the wealthy and corporations. The new Congress wants to repeal, restrict and/or cut all of these.  How will they use their rules to try to carry all this out?  And how will Senators who oppose these goals try to stop the cuts?

Presenters:

Ellen Nissenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Deborah Weinstein, Coalition on Human Needs

Representative Jim McGovern

Moderator:  Ellen Teller, Food Research and Action Center

What you’ll learn:

The new Congress will try to repeal the Affordable Care Act in January, so President Trump can sign it soon after his inauguration, and enact some kind of replacement later.  They will use budget rules to try to get the repeal done with a simple majority.  Ellen Nissenbaum, a renowned expert on the congressional budget rules, will explain how the rules work, and what leverage points may exist for opponents.  Some actions can pass with only 51 Senators; many others require 60 votes to pass.  These rules affect the strategies over plans to cut/restrict critically important human needs programs, as well as gigantic tax cut proposals.  Advocates need to understand the rules, to work effectively with congressional allies to hold off extreme proposals.  Deborah Weinstein will talk about advocacy strategies we can use together.