Economics

For science.

In 2017, 12.3% of the U.S. population were living in poverty.[1] Poverty is defined using the U.S. Census Bureau’s income thresholds, depending on the size of the family.[2] The poverty threshold for a family of four in 2018 was $25,465 annually.[3] Low-income families have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other chronic conditions.[4] There are 6.8 million children living in deep poverty, which is defined as household income that’s less than 50% of the poverty threshold. These children experience consequences across their entire lives that harm their educational success, emotional development and physical health.[5]

For action.

Ensure all workers have access to health insurance through their employers. Create supportive work environments that provide paid family and sick leave and flexible scheduling. Increase or supplement income through living wage laws, unemployment insurance and child care subsidies.[6]

For health.

Support policies that lift families out of poverty. The Earned Income Tax Credit has been associated with lowered infant mortality rates and better health for mothers by providing direct financial assistance to low-income individuals.[7] Increase access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Women, Infants and Children program, which have been shown to significantly reduce both the rate and depth of poverty for the poorest families.[8]

For justice.

Increase access to job training and opportunities. Apply a holistic social determinants approach to community development to create neighborhoods and communities that provide equal economic and educational opportunities. Equitably distribute resources to schools. Advocate for resources to support low-income families and tax policy that ensures everyone pays their fair share of taxes.