National Prevention Science Coalition hosts briefing on reducing poverty via evidence-based prevention science

November 13, 2015

  • A Bipartisan Approach to Reducing Poverty and its Consequences via Evidence-Based Prevention Science
  • December 2, 2015 from 1:00-3:30pm
  • Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226 (Open to the Public: no reservations are required)

The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) will host a briefing with nationally recognized experts on poverty.  Poverty is an urgent and multi-faceted problem that underlies, in part, the recent upheavals in several American cities (NPSC-Brief, Poverty-Effects, Reduce-Poverty, Policy-Implications ).

Our briefing speakers will focus on evidence-based prevention practices shown to a) improve individual and family economic security, b) lessen the negative effects of poverty (e.g., poor child development, academic failure, mental illness), and c) break the cycle of poverty across multiple generations.  These strategies can strengthen families and communities, help youth to develop successfully, and save taxpayer dollars. Congressional legislators will discuss their approach to poverty and its relevance to prevention.

This session on reducing poverty and preventing its detrimental effects should be of value to legislators/staffers, evaluators, practitioners, national and community organizations, and funders. 


Welcome by Moderator: Dr. Diana Fishbein, C. Eugene Bennett Chair of Prevention Research at The Penn State University and Director of NPSC.

Personal Testimony

  • An individual who has received prevention programming will talk about the effects on their economic security.

Expert Testimonies

  • Dr. J. Lawrence Aber (Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy and University Professor, New York University): The Roots of Poverty and its Effects
  • Dr. Anthony Biglan (Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute): Overview of Issues Involved in Reducing Poverty Across Generations: An Environmental Framework for Intervention
  • Dr. David Olds (Professor of Pediatrics and Director Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics): Applying this Framework to Increasing Social Mobility and Economic Status via a Well-Established Intervention

Congressional legislators:


**If you are unable to attend, check back on the NSPC website in 1-2 weeks for presentation videos and materials**

For more information about this briefing, contact Neil Wollman, Ph.D. Co-Director of National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives and Senior Fellow, Bentley University 260-568-0116.

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