January 29, 2013 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Michigan Union Ballroom
Speaker: Sandra Danziger, U-M professor of social work; Jane Zehnder-Merrell, project director, Kids Count in Michigan; J. Lee Kreader, director, Research Connections, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University; Renée Wilson-Simmons, director, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
According to the United States Census Bureau, 13.8 percent of Michigan residents lived below the poverty line in 2011. For children, however, the figure is much higher. In Michigan, 548,000 children, or 24.4 percent of all children in the state live in households earning less than $18,123 per year (for a family of four). This discussion, featuring researchers and advocates from the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and the Michigan League for Public Policy, will address what is being done to address child poverty, what new approaches should be considered, and the consequences of simply continuing the same policies.
NOTE: This event will include an informational fair including student and community groups working to alleviate poverty.
Sandra Danziger is professor of social work and research professor of public policy. Her primary research interests are the effects of public programs and policies on the well-being of disadvantaged families, poverty policy and social service programs, demographic trends in child and family well-being, gender issues across the life course, program evaluation, and qualitative research methods. Her current research examines welfare program approaches to addressing barriers to employment among single mothers.
Since 1994, Jane Zehnder-Merrell has managed the Kids Count in Michigan project that produces an annual data book on child well-being and conducts an ongoing public information campaign around children’s issues. This collaborative project between the Michigan League for Public Policy and Michigan’s Children participates in a broad national effort supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to monitor and improve the well-being of children.
Dr. Lee Kreader serves as Deputy Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr. Kreader is active in many of NCCP’s research efforts, primarily in collaborative projects focused on child care and early education policy. He is director of the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections project, jointly operated by NCCP in partnership with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research here at the Institute for Social Research, through a cooperative agreement with the Child Care Bureau and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For Research Connections, Dr. Kreader has synthesized research on child care subsidy use and infant and toddler child care.
Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, serves as Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Before joining NCCP in 2012, Dr. Wilson-Simmons served as the senior associate for adolescent health and development the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, where she managed foundation initiatives and related grants and activities focused on reproductive health. She also served as associate director of the Evidence-Based Practice Group, which identifies, develops, and scales up evidence-based interventions for children and families involved with public social service systems.