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2019 Kansas Conference on Poverty

Kansas Association of Community Action Programs

2017 Kansas Conference on Poverty

Working Toward Prosperity

July 17-18 in Topeka, KS

Conference web page

Plenary session and workshop descriptions and Meet the presenters

Plenary Sessions

Alan Curtis, President & CEO, The Foundation, co-author with Kerner Commission member Fred Harris of Healing Our Divided Society

Mark Popovich, Director of Good Companies/Good Jobs Initiative, Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program

Breakfast with Legislators

State Agency Leadership Panel


This year's conference will include 30 workshops.

Wednesday, July 17

Session 1

  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Community Collaboration
  • Communicating in Crisis
  • Community's Role in Poverty Alleviation
  • Do State TANF Policies Affect Child Abuse and Neglect?
  • Social Security Disability: What It Is and How It Can Help Maximize Your Public Benefits
  • The Crisis Nursery Role in Achieving Self-Sufficiency

Session 2

  • An Overview of KanCare Managed Care Organizations
  • Beyond Sustainability: Creating Resilient Organizations
  • Conversations that Heal: Comic Books, Story Telling, and Hip Hop
  • Impact Litigation: Going to Court to Promote Positive Policy Change
  • Our Tomorrows: From Needs Assessment to Action with SenseMaker (Part 1)
  • Stemming Impoverishment with Evidence-Based Family and Child Interventions

Session 3

  • An Update on KanCare Expansion: Jobs, and a Pathway Out of Poverty
  • Fostering Success in Postsecondary Education: Supporting Students from Foster Care
  • Leveraging Americorps Members to Combat Poverty
  • Listening and Learning from Low-Income People
  • Our Tomorrows: From Needs Assessment to Action with SenseMaker (Part 2)
  • Realizing Your GOALS: A SNAP Decision

Thursday, July 18

Session 4

  • Eat, Play, and Prosper: Connecting Kansas Kids to Critical Child Nutrition Programs
  • E-Care: Client Communication in the Digital Age
  • Engaging Communities and Policymakers for Change
  • Paid Parental Leave: A Primer for Action
  • The Anti-Poverty Barrier: Implicit Biases that Reduce Cultural Competency
  • Whole Family Approaches to Fighting Poverty

Session 5

  • Addressing Racial Equity
  • Analytical Advocacy: Using Data to Make a Difference
  • Counting for Dollars: Ensuring the 2020 Census Works for Your Community
  • Hmmm. What Are You Thinking? Implicit Bias: The Association between Thoughts and Actions
  • How to Think Like a Therapist: Strategies for When Money is on Your Mind
  • The Debt Trap: One Solution to Predatory Lending


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