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2021 Poverty Matters Conference (virtual) – WISCAP

Wisconsin Community Action Program Association

2021 Poverty Matters Conference

September 8-9

Conference web page

Conference Overview

The 2021 Poverty Matters Conference will be held September 8-9, 2021. WISCAP has made the decision to transition the conference to a virtual platform given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Delta Variant.

Plenary Sessions

  • Breakfast Plenary Sessions (Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Lunch Plenary (Wednesday)
  • Closing Plenary: Healing Ourselves from 2020, Debra Lafler, Personal Wellness Development, LLC
  • Closing piece by Angela Trudell Vasquez, Madison Poet Laureate


See conference web page for workshop descriptions.

Wednesday Morning, September 8

  • Food For Today: An Interactive Poverty Simulation
  • How Anti-Voters Bills Disenfranchise Poor Communities
  • The Workforce behind the Workforce: Opportunities for Communities and Businesses to Partner with Child Care
  • COVID-19 vaccine Q&A (by Dear Pandemic)
  • Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future
  • Eviction Defense - Stabilizing Housing for Low Income Tenants

Wednesday Afternoon, September 8

  • Resilient Wisconsin
  • Fighting Poverty in Wisconsin through AmeriCorps Service
  • Early Childhood - A Complex Industry
  • Toxic Stress of Homelessness: Unraveling the Impact from Infancy Throughout the Lifespan
  • The Lessons of the New Hope Project for Today
  • Partnerships to Advance Tribal Food Sovereignty and Nutrition Security

Thursday Morning, September 9

  • Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance
  • The WEESSN Story Continues: Shared Services Growth, Expansion, and New Services for the Early Childhood Sector
  • The COVID FOOD CLIFF: how real is it and what you can do about it
  • The Economics of Perpetual Poverty
  • Making the New Child Tax Credit Work for Everyone
  • Project Recovery vs. COVID-19


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