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Transition to Success

Help create national standards of care to treat the condition of poverty.

Many programs appear guided by presumptions of lack of individual capacity and inevitability of generational poverty. There are few mechanisms to address situational poverty; and at times, assistance seems designed to maintain poverty, including unintended barriers to rational strategies for individuals to achieve self- sufficiency.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (2011) estimated local, state and federal US government agencies devote more than $1.65 trillion annually to poverty issues. This excludes the funding generated from individual and corporate donations and the powerful impact of the faith-based community programs. In addition, 1.4 million not-for-profits and 86,000 charitable foundations frequently fund “siloed”, often ineffective, solutions to this major social ill.

There seems an acceptance of inevitability -as if poverty were a gene or character strait, and our helplessness to cure it. Poverty, however, is " not natural. It is man-made  and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."(Nelson Mandela). A combination of low income, less education, poor health and other factors develop into a toxic environmental status.  Adopting the medical model of standards of care, incorporating continuous quality improvement (CQI) methods to reduce variations in practice, ensures strategies that move people out of poverty, rather than “helping” them live in poverty.

 

How do we support individuals to move to self sufficiency?

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