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The Inter-Professional Education Poverty Simulation

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Could you survive a month in poverty?

Millions of Americans, many of whom are children under the age of 18, live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. The recent economic downturn has seen unemployment rates rise and the use of emergency food pantries increase.

It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).

The CAPS provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15- minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, "This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth "that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!"

This Poverty Simulation experience is unique in that we aim to provide a truly inter-professional experience. Students from many different health profession programs have been invited to participate, not only to understand poverty from a new perspective, but also to apply their unique role as a future public health practitioner or health care provider.

**Please register under your specific health profession program. Should your programs tickets be sold out, please register as a volunteer. Volunteers will be involved in the simulation in a different fashion, yet will still benefit from participating.

Questions? Contact Kim Barnes at Kim.Barnes@arizona.edu


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