Webinar: Exploring Social Poverty: A Webinar Discussion of the Impact of Family and Community Ties for Low-Income Populations

On this December 3, 2019 webinar, author and Associate Professor, Sarah Halpern-Meekin, explored the question of whether the lack of close, meaningful social ties is a public – rather than just a private – problem in our society in her newly published book “Social Poverty: Low-Income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties”. This book provides a window into the nature of social ties among low-income, unmarried parents, highlighting their often-ignored forms of hardship. During this webinar Halpern-Meekin presented on her ground-breaking work, which explores poverty from a new angle that departs from typical poverty literature and explores social ties not just as an economic issue, but its own condition that also perpetuates poverty. Discussants, Amanda Kostman, from UW-Madison Division of Extension, Margie Zutter and Diana Jost from Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County, and Johnna Georgia, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, spoke about their experiences in developing and providing services to address these issues of “social poverty”.

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Financial Coaching Census 2019: Results Brief & Webinar

On July 30th, 2019, AFN presented it’s Ask the Author with Hallie Leinhardt, Center for Financial Security sharing on findings revealed from the 2019 Financial Coaching Census.

After 3 waves of coaching censuses between 2015-2019, we know a lot about the coaching field, and we’re excited to share the trends and their implications.

We discussed webinar to find out what these trends mean and what is called for moving forward:

  • How has the field evolved over time?
  • What are the primary financial coaching outcomes measures?
  • What are the persistent challenges in the field?

New Report Outlines Path toward Greater Gender Wealth Equality with Co-author Fenaba Addo

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A new study co-published by the Asset Funders Network and the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative examines the large gap in household wealth between households headed by men and households headed by women. The report, entitled Clipped Wings, identifies steps that nonprofits, philanthropy, and policy can take to close that gap. Co-authors Fenaba Addo, CFS Affiliate and Professor of Consumer Science at UW-Madison, Jhumpa Bhattacharya, and Anne Price, both from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (ICCED), examine the extent of gendered wealth inequality in the US and how policy and practice can work to counteract those inequalities.

CFS RDRC Newsletter Now Available with Call for Predoc & Postdoc Fellowship Applications

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) is an applied research program which develops evidence that can assist policymakers, the public, and the media in understanding issues in Social Security, retirement, and disability policy, especially related to economically vulnerable populations. The CFS RDRC incorporates diversity of viewpoints and disciplines, develops diverse emerging scholars and generates research findings that are used in policy and practice. To this end, CFS has released a call for applications for the Retirement and Disability Social Policy in Residence Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Retirement and Disability Graduate Research Mentored Fellowship Program. 

Read more about the CFS RDRC in our newly released Newsletter and subscribe to our CFS RDRC updates:

Anita Mukherjee Publishes Article on Financial and Health Literacy in Older Age in Journal of Consumer Affairs

CFS Affiliate and Professor at the WI School of Business, Anita Mukherjee, along with her co-authors, Hessam Bavafa and Junhao Liu, published their article in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, which examines the subject of improving financial and health literacy in reducing economic vulnerability in older age. This paper delves into the question of how and by what means individuals accumulate these types of human capital by looking at the impact of online search activities on the levels of financial and health literacy.