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News & Events: June 2014

As the academic year comes to a close, we are pleased to share our recent Center activities and announce plans for the coming year.  See the policy brief links below for recent research on poverty, health care and labor markets, and mark your calendar for our fall conference on Poverty and Place. Please check back often for the latest new research and upcoming events, and have a great summer.

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Upcoming Events

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Policy Briefs

Low-wage Work Uncertainty often Traps Low-wage Workers
by Victoria Smith and Brian Halpin, UC Davis

Some policy analysts, policymakers and scholars argue that low-wage workers should “work their way out of poverty” by acquiring the human capital that would enable them to leave poverty-level jobs.


Poverty Research Now: Poverty and Health

In times of rising inequality and declining real wages, access to health care is central to building the human capital necessary to have a chance of escaping poverty. Poverty research and poverty programs have long recognized poor health to be associated with low income. Indeed, poor health may be a consequence of poverty, a cause of poverty, or both.

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Meet Our Researchers


Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She serves on the executive committee for the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force. She received her MD from UC San Francisco and her MPH in epidemiology from UC Berkeley.


M. Anne Visser
Associate Professor of Community and Regional Development

M. Anne Visser is an Associate Professor of Community and Regional Development in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include the socioeconomic implications of the informalization of work and employment, low-wage and informal labor markets, and the impact of state policy and socially-based labor market interventions on economic opportunity.

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New Legislative Caucus Seeks to End Poverty in California
February 12, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Center for Poverty Research Director Ann Huff Stevens presented on poverty in California at the first meeting of the new legislative caucus on ending poverty in the state.