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Reducing Poverty and Increasing Opportunity: Envisioning the Next 20 Years

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, brought together experts with various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to share their views and the evidence on successful strategies for reducing poverty and increasing opportunity.

Panelists included practitioners, researchers, and commentators with experiences at the local, state, and national levels. They discussed

  • how creative two-generation strategies and innovative uses of data could address the causes and consequences of poverty;
  • what roles federal, state, and local governments might play in developing and implementing strategies; and
  • how to support and encourage work in the modern economy.

The event looked at promising strategies for the future, advancing the debate about how to promote opportunity for individuals and families in the next two decades. 


  • Uma Ahluwalia, director, Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Heather Hahn, senior fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
  • Anne Kim, policy editor, Washington Monthly (moderator)
  • Angela Rachidi, research fellow, poverty studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Sisifo Taatiti, TANF program manager, Department of Workforce Services, Utah
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Date & Time Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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