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  • March
    • March 11
      Color, Class, and Context: Examining Heterogeneous Family Structure EffectsInstitute for Research on Poverty Virtual Seminar - Christina Cross12:15 PM, Online, connection information will be sent to those on the IRP Seminar list in advance.
    • March 18
      TBAInstitute for Research on Poverty Virtual Seminar - Bruce D. Meyer12:15 PM, Online, connection information will be sent to those on the IRP Seminar list in advance.
    • March 24
      Supporting the Inclusion of Fathers in Child and Family ServicesInstitute for Research on Poverty Webinar - Tova Walsh, Kaleem Caire, Darryl Davidson, and Nucha Isarowong1:00 PM, Online register at:

Coronavirus & Poverty Research Centers

The Institute for Research on Poverty and our national collaborative of peer poverty research centers are especially aware of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the most vulnerable members of society and straining the social services system.
Families and individuals with low incomes struggle during normal times, but this unprecedented modern crisis has intensified their hardship while also creating barriers to seeking help.
Visit our new Poverty & Covid-19 page for links to resources and emerging research in response to the pandemic and our new Teach & Learn page for poverty-research distance learning materials by IRP and our peer centers.

Health Coverage, Access, Cost, & Quality

Research and analysis projects focus on health care access, cost, financing, health system performance, quality — in short: What works? Who benefits? Who pays?

National Poverty Research Center Highlights

Human Services Programs and the Opioid Crisis

IRP and the U.S. HHS Office of Human Services Policy recently convened a forum on the opioid epidemic, which continues to devastate families and communities.

Discussion centered on strategies to overcome the challenges to human services delivery caused by the epidemic.

The September 2019 meeting brought together more than 200 experts hailing from some 30 states and 11 federal agencies.

View Pre-Conference Webinar: “Opioids 101” and the Forum Agenda “Human Services Programs and the Opioid Crisis” – includes presentation materials.

The Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers

The Alliance for the American Dream: DreamUp Wisconsin

Connect Rx Wisconsin Team: Gabe Doyle, Hayley Chesnik, Lisa Peyton-Caire, and Robin Lankton
Connect Rx Wisconsin Team: Grand Prize Winners!
Opportunity Calculator Team: Baltazar De Anda-Santana, Ed Lee, Iliana Wood, and Carole Trone
Opportunity Calculator Team: Second Place Winners!