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Medical Society of Milwaukee County to host keynote speaker for summit on poverty

The Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) is bringing author and researcher Kathryn J. Edin to Milwaukee for the Social Development Commission Summit on Poverty Sept. 6-7 at the Italian Conference Center. Edin, author of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, will serve as the keynote luncheon speaker at noon Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life and neighborhood contexts. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives?

“Studies now show a direct link between poverty, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and health outcomes,” said MSMC Executive Director Kathy Schmitz in this news release. “Good health, however, is not an option when abhorrent living conditions include no heat, running water and food, and an abusive environment. Physicians have a significant role to play in this issue by identifying and treating adverse childhood experiences to impact good health.

“The Medical Society is honored to host Ms. Edin and be recognized as the Premier Partner for the Social Development Commission Summit on Poverty,” Schmitz added.

There is no charge to attend the summit, but registration is required. For more information, click here.

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