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2018 Kansas Conference on Poverty

Kansas Association of Community Action Programs

2017 Kansas Conference on Poverty

July 18-20 in Topeka, KS

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

Wednesday, July 18

Pre-Conference Session: Building Advocacy Capacity to Reduce Poverty

Opening Plenary Session: Civility in Public Discourse, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse

Session 1

  • How Our Homeless Clients Helped Us Save Millions (Community Engagement)
  • The State of the State: Health Care and Coverage in Kansas (Health Equity)
  • Schooling, Fragile Learners, and Social Justice: Effective and Equitable Practices for ALL (Policy and Advocacy)
  • Burnout Buster: Stress Reduction in a Multitasking World (Skills Development)
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Recognizing Economic Abuse, Trauma, and Understanding Housing Protections (Special Populations)

Session 2

  • The Winding Road to Success: Childhood Poverty and Education in Rural Communities (Childhood Poverty)
  • Increase Civility and Get Better Results When You Harness the Awesome Power of Small Groups! (Community Engagement)
  • Establishing a Poverty Reduction Network for Kansas: Stronger Ground Network (Economic Mobility)
  • Cultural Competence of Poverty (Skills Development)
  • Conflict Resolution with Youth (Special Populations)

Thursday, July 19

Breakfast Plenary Session: Announcement of KACAP initiative building on the theme of bold, civil action, Scott Angelmyer, Executive Director, KACAP

Lunch Plenary Session: Work Requirements are Not a Solution to Poverty, LaDonna Pavetti, Vice President for Family Income Support Policy,CBPP

Session 1

  • Building Resilience in Head Start Children (Childhood Poverty)
  • Civility is the Difference Between a Meeting Invite and Science-Based Community Engagement (Community Engagement)
  • Building Financial Stability & Resilience for Low-to-Moderate Income Families (Economic Mobility)
  • Understanding KanCare in Order to Help Break the Cycle of Poverty (Health Equity)
  • Kansans Can! Daring to Address Childhood Hunger in Your Community (Hunger and Food Insecurity)
  • Design Matters: Tapping into Behavioral Insights to Improve Programs, Policy, and the Conversation (Policy and Advocacy)

Session 2

  • Healthy Community = Economic Vitality (Community Engagement)
  • Freeze it! Crock it! Simplify Your Life (Hunger and Food Insecurity)
  • Awesome Parents Are Awesome Advocates (Policy and Advocacy)
  • Working for Justice: Non-Profit Advocacy and Community Organizing Part 1 (Policy and Advocacy)
  • Poverty, Complexity, and the Cynefin Framework: An Innovative Approach to Problem Solving (Skills Development)
  • Addressing the Intersectionality of Poverty and the LGBT Community (Special Populations)

Session 3

  • Know Your Voting Rights! (Community Engagement)
  • Scarcity: Why Having So Little Means So Much (Economic Mobility)
  • Unnatural Causes...Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (Health Equity)
  • Intersection of Hunger and Health (Hunger and Food Insecurity)
  • Working for Justice: Non-Profit Advocacy and Community Organizing Part 2 (Policy and Advocacy)
  • Outcomes Measurement with WordPress and Survey Monkey (Skills Development)

Friday, July 20

Breakfast Plenary Session: Legislative Issues Panel

Lunch Plenary Session: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish, Virginia Eubanks, Author and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Albany SUNY

Session 1

  • Practice to Policy: A Revolution in Child Welfare to Stretch Prevention Dollars and Bring New Hope (Childhood Poverty)
  • Elevating Families out of Poverty IRL (In Real Life) (Economic Mobility)
  • Reversing the Cycle of Poverty through Adult Basic Education (Economic Mobility)
  • Actions and Resources to Address Environmental Justice (Health Equity)
  • Ethical Leadership: Cultivate a Workplace Culture of Honor (Skills Development)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: Red Flags, Supports, and Resources (Special Populations)


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