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13th Annual Symposium on Poverty & Economic Security – NYSCAA

New York State Community Action Association

13th Annual Symposium on Poverty & Economic Security

March 27-28 in Latham, NY

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Now in its 13th year, the Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security continues to be a unique opportunity to bring together Community Action Agencies, weatherization providers, human service providers, academics, advocates, policy-makers, low-income residents and others to spotlight and engage in a dialogue about poverty and potential strategies for moving families toward greater economic security.


See Conference Program Brochure for details including session descriptions, presenter bios, reliable resources and conference sponsors/exhibitors

Wednesday, March 27

Keynote Speakers

  • ACEs, your clients, and you: An overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience, and Impact on Human Service Providers
    Camela Hughes, Ph.D., Program Assessment & Effectiveness, Research Specialist, LaSalle School
  • The Role of Community Action Leaders in Today's Poverty Debate
    Denise Harlow, CEO, Community Action Partnership

Panel Discussion

  • Community Action Agencies and Census 2020 / Hard to Count Populations: What can we do?
    Denise Harlow, CEO, Community Action Partnership
    Jeff Wice, Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government

Breakout Sessions

  • NYS Budget Update/Priorities and Strong Nonprofits Campaign
    Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Trauma Informed Care
    Timothy Hathaway, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse New York
    Jenn O’Connor, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Prevent Child Abuse New York
  • Advancing Energy Affordability and Access to Clean Energy in NYS
    Chris Coll, Low- to Moderate-Income Strategy and Policy Development Team Lead, NYSERDA
    Chris Rogers, Project Manager, NY-Sun, NYSERDA
  • CAAs and Rural Health: Opportunities for Partnership
    Jack Salo, Rural Health Network of SCNY
    Maureen Abbott, Tioga Opportunities, Inc

Thursday, March 28

Keynote Speaker

  • Roadmap to Help Low-Income People Reach Economic Independence
    Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy, EMPath - Economic Mobilities Pathway

Breakout Sessions

  • CAA Innovative Programs
    Chari Jones, Director of Employment Services, Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP)
    Laura Rossman, CEO, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
    Margie Lawlor, Director of Special Projects, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
    Patrick Waite, Senior Director of Program Services, Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.
  • Engaging the Whole Family
    Sherry M. Cleary, Executive Director, New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, City University of New York (CUNY)

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