Supporting Efforts to Fight Poverty in our Community
The impact of poverty on our community is both devastating and accelerating. Under the direction of the Rochester-Monroe County Anti-Poverty Initiative, significant work is underway to address this issue through the development of a comprehensive, collaborative and community-driven approach. Building awareness across our community, activating existing resources, and fostering innovation will be critical to the success of the initiative.
With support from Rochester Area Community Foundation and Wegmans, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. has begun hosting Poverty Simulations. This powerful exercise is designed to help community leaders, health and human service providers, area businesses, and other community stakeholders deepen their understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by those living in poverty and how current systems, policies, and practices create barriers.
How does it work?
The poverty simulation is a highly interactive experience designed to help participants begin to understand what a typical low-income family experiences trying to survive from month to month. In the simulation, participants assume the roles of family members in poverty. Volunteers play the roles of service providers and other community resources (e.g., bank, employer, grocery, Department of Social Services, landlord, school, child care, and law enforcement, etc.).
Cultural Competence and Health Literacy (e.g. health and systemic inequities, Social Determinants of Health, structural racism, implicit bias, language barriers, cultural nuances, etc.), as well as critical points related to your organization's area of service, are incorporated into the Poverty Simulation, making the experience resonate with professionals regarding emerging and concerning issues associated with community and health outcomes paired with the relative impact of poverty on the people you serve, all to support your organization's effort to improve service delivery and patient/consumer/client outcomes.
The exercise runs for approximately 3 hours - a 30-minute registration process, 2-hour simulation, and 30-minute debriefing session. Poverty simulations will be led by CCSI’s Cultural Competence team and facilitated by Lenora-Reid Rose, Director of Cultural Competence and Diversity Initiatives and other staff.
Click here to see the room set-up for a poverty simulation.
Check out a video from our recent workshop
Click here to see photos from our Poverty Simulations.
Watch this News 8 WROC news story about how poverty simultions increas empathy among healthcare professionals