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2017 Kansas Conference on Poverty

Kansas Association of Community Action Programs

2017 Kansas Conference on Poverty

July 19-21 in Topeka, KS

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This year's conference will include pre-conference sessions, as well as 40 plenary sessions and workshops – see detailed descriptions and meet the experts.

Wednesday, July 19

Pre-Conference Session: Conflict and You

Plenary Session: Overincarceration in America

Session 1

  • Building Resilience in Head Start Children
  • Client Poverty: Life Hacks from Corrections Professionals (part 1)
  • Combating Tobacco Dependence and Addiction among the Economically Disadvantaged, Uninsured, and Underinsured
  • Compassionate Accountability
  • How Leadership, Advocacy, and Energy Can Engage Communities in Poverty Work
  • Mobile Services: Bringing Resources to People

Session 2

  • Combating Client Poverty: Life Hacks from Corrections Professionals (part 2)
  • Compressed Work Weeks
  • Helping Clients with Mental Health Needs
  • Leadership: Developing a High Performing Team
  • Let’s Build a Brain!
  • A Modern Partnership for Family Stabilization, Financial Education and Economic Mobility

Thursday, July 20

Plenary Session: The Positives Behind Negative Attention

Session 1

  • The History of Poverty in America: Looking Back to Move Forward
  • Job Creation Strategies for Rural Community-Based Organizations
  • Supported Decision Making: Achieving Meaningful Community Life
  • Tearing Down Walls and Deflating Misconceptions of the Latino Community
  • Telehealth ROCKS: Leveraging Technology to Improve Access to Care for Development and Behavioral Needs
  • Yes, Libraries!

Session 2

  • Basics of Operating a Small Business Loan Fund
  • Beyond Sustainability: Creating Resilient Organizations
  • “If I Only Had a Job”
  • Poverty and the Human-Animal Bond: Ending the Cycle of Judgment
  • Power Up, Power Down: Managing Your Energy for Enhanced Productivity and Performance
  • The Track to Social Justice: Resisting and Impacting Injustices within Your Community (part 1)

Session 3

  • Gaining Independence through Organized Financial Records
  • Partnerships with K-State Extension for Local Poverty Alleviation
  • Pathways to Employment
  • Planning to Plan: How to Kickstart Strategic Planning
  • Successfully Competing for Funding
  • The Track to Social Justice: Resisting and Impacting Injustices within Your Community (part 2)

Friday, July 21

Plenary Session: Kansas Tax Policy and Poverty Connection

Session 1

  • Bridges for Kansas Families: Building Social Connection and Resilience for Families in Poverty
  • Jackson County Parole Re-Entry Project
  • PACE: The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly
  • Preventing the Summer Slide for Low-Income Families
  • TAP IT: A Model for Successful Advocacy and Sales
  • Why is this Person Still Working Here?

Closing Plenary: Annie McKay, CEO, Kansas Action for Children


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