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Poverty & Policy – Can’t Just Program Our Way Out, presented by speakers Dr. Leonard M. Brock, Executive Director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative; and Larry Marx, CEO, The Children’s Agenda

Poverty is a leading social determinant of ill health.  Compared with other cities our size, Rochester is the worst in the United States for child poverty, with 52.5% of our city’s children in poverty.  We are also worst in the nation in the rate of extreme poverty, with 16.4% of the city’s population below half the federal poverty standard. This presentation explores the policy solutions for wholesale reductions in poverty sought by the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.  As we embark on population changes and work to move the needle on these centuries-old problems, it is essential to understand the historical context of past policies and institutional practices that have contributed to the social ills we are working to address.  This presentation will provide an overview of (a) historical policies, (b) the current work of RMAPI to promote poverty reduction, namely the policy working group, and (c) how we can work together moving forward.

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  • Rohitkumar Marol

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