April 17, 2014 Meeting

Meeting Agenda – April 17, 3:30-5:00
Location: KY3 Community Room

I. Welcome – Gail Smart and Greg Burris

II. Poverty Simulation Debrief

a. Video
b. “Aha” moments?
c. Feedback: Host simulations throughout the community?

III. Review of “Strategies”

a. See handout

IV. Review of Future Meeting Topics and Presenters

a. See handout
b. Process for scheduling future meeting topics/presenters

V. Presentation: The Root Causes of Poverty

a. Introduction: Dr. Mike Stout
b. Presentation: Dr. John Harms and Dr. Tim Knapp

VI. Questions and Discussion

VII. Adjourn

IMPACTING POVERTY COMMISSION PROPOSED STRATEGIES

  1. Educate Commission members regarding the current level of poverty and poverty-related “challenges” that the under-resourced face daily.
  2. Identify issues faced by the under-resourced and address them as focus topics led by experts at each meeting.
  3. Reach out to collect input from the under-resourced in order to better understand their challenges “through their eyes”.
  4. Set a vision for the community regarding poverty, connecting the dots as to how poverty impacts everyone, develop proposed actions to impact the level of poverty in our community, and identify measurable goals.
  5. Be open-minded and willing to try things no other city has ever tried.
  6. Collectively determine a “call to action” for the community, determine how the general public should be made aware of the many impacts of poverty on our community, recommend an organizational structure, if needed, for moving forward once our work is completed, and define community performance measures.

Proposed List of Future Meeting Topics

DRAFT – 4/11/14

Poverty Simulation

  • Date/Time: April 3, 3:30-5:30
  • Presenters: OACAC
  • Location: Pathways United Methodist Church, 1232 E. Dale
  • Questions to Address:
    • What is it like to be live in poverty?
    • What are the most significant challenges to those living in poverty?
    • What are the aspects of living in poverty that those not in poverty doing recognize, understand, or sufficiently appreciate?

Root Causes of Poverty

  • Date/Time: April 17, 3:30-5:00
  • Presenters: Dr. John Harms, Dr. Tim Knapp (confirmed)
  • Location: KY3 Community Room
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are the root causes of poverty in our community?
    • What are the primary symptoms of poverty in our community?
    • What are the “pressure points” where additional resources would have the most significant impact to help the under-resourced today?
    • What are the “pressure points” where additional resources would have the most significant impact to help the under-resourced for the long term and help break generational poverty?
    • How can we best measure progress in addressing the causes of poverty in our community?

[Note: Greg will be attending the Missouri City Managers Association Conference on April 29-May 1, so will miss the May 1 meeting.)

 

Education

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: MSU (First Generation Program), Drury, OTC, SPS – Missy Riley (SPS), Jay Anderson (SPS), Marilyn Monroe (SPS), Kevin Huffman (SPS),
  • Location: TBD
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are the most significant barriers to providing additional education to those living in poverty?
    • Is the largest challenge at the K-12 level or higher education?
    • What are our community’s educational institutions already doing to assist the under-resourced?
    • What else do you believe our community’s educational institutions should be doing, if anything, to assist the under-resourced in attaining education?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Jobs and Workforce Development

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Chamber of Commerce, Career Center, OTC, Career Center client
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What programs are already offered to assist the under-resourced?
    • Are the under-resourced taking sufficient advantage of the workforce development opportunities available in our community?
    • Do area businesses recognize the relationship between their future workforce/customers and those living in poverty?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Housing

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Debbie Shantz Hart (Housing Collaborative), rep from The Kitchen, Michelle Garand (Affordable Housing Center), rep from Salvation Army
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What affordable housing programs are already in place within our community?
    • What additional affordable housing programs are needed in our community?
    • What is the impact of homelessness on our community?
    • What alternate, innovative housing models are other communities trying, and what are the results?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Healthcare

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Healthcare Collaborative, CEO of Mercy, CEO of CoxHealth, CEO of Ozarks Community Hospital, CEO of Jordan Valley Health Clinic, Kevin Gipson (Springfield-Greene County Health Department), Jean Grabeel (SPS)
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are the most significant issues the under-resourced face regarding their own healthcare?
    • What are the community costs associated with healthcare-related services provided to the under-resourced? Who is bearing these costs?
    • What is the current role of our community’s healthcare systems major hospital (instead of hospital systems should we say healthcare systems in addressing (a) poverty causes and (b) poverty symptoms?
    • What preventative actions could our community take to address community health issues now that would save significant funds “down the road”?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Mental Health and Emotional Support

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Paul Tomlinson (Burrell), ?
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are the most significant issues regarding mental health issues among the under-resourced?
    • What is our community doing, if anything, to address mental health issues and provide emotional support to those living in poverty?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Food Insecurity and Access to Healthy Foods

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Bart Brown (Ozarks Food Harvest), Mark Struckhoff (Council of Churches), Angela Jenkins (Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council), rep from HLA?, rep from food pantries?
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What is the level of food insecurity in our community now and how well is that need being addressed?
    • What federal policy issues could most impact food security/insecurity in our community within the next few years?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Transportation

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Chris Jones (City Utilities), City of Springfield rep
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are the most significant transportation-related challenges the under-resourced face in our community?
    • What transportation options exist for the under-resourced?
    • How much does weather impact their transportation options?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Child Care

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Dana Carroll (Every Child Promise), others?
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are the most significant child-care issues facing the under-resourced?
    • What child care options are available to the under-resourced?
    • Approximately what percentage of their pay does full-time child care consume, if they can afford it?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Empowerment Skills(Cooking, Financial Literacy, Parenting, etc)

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Patricia Deck or Brooke Ash (Community Partnership of the Ozarks), Consumer Credit Counseling Center, OACAC, Faith-based organizations (Schweitzer United Methodist?)
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What empowerment skills do the under-resourced typically lack?
    • What programs are already in place to provide these skills? How many are able and willing to take advantage of this training?
    • What additional program/resources are needed to address unmet needs?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Best Practices – Other Cities

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Trent Sims (Community Partnership of the Ozarks)
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What are Springfield’s benchmark cities doing to address poverty in their communities?
    • What are other cities of comparable size and scope, other than our benchmark cities, doing to address poverty in their communities?
    • Is there a need to visit one or more other cities that are exhibiting successes and best practices?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Community Awareness (Connecting the dots, existing level of poverty, impact of poverty on various segments of community)

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Scott Brady (KY3), David Stoeffler (News-Leader), Cora Scott (City of Springfield), Will Carter (CPO), Louise Knauer (CFO), Teresa Bledsoe (SPS)
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What is the current level of awareness by those with resources within our community of the impact poverty has currently on their daily lives?
    • What is the current level of awareness by those with resources within our community of the impact poverty is likely to have on their lives within the next 5-10 years, if left unchecked?
    • What community awareness strategies could be used to educate the general populace?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Community Performance Measures (Dashboard)

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters:
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • What topics should be measured in order to best represent whether strategies are impacting the level of poverty in our community?
    • What set of performance measures and benchmarks should our community use to determine whether we our “moving the needle”?

Community Call to Action

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Brian Fogle (CFO), Sisie Turner (Junior League), ?
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • Is a community “call to action” needed in our community?
      • If so, what “call to action” is needed?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Organizational Structure (How to Keep the Momentum?)

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: None – Discussion by Commission Members
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:
    • The Impacting Poverty Commission has been established to work for two years to develop a community plan for addressing poverty. What organizational structure is needed to keep the momentum of the Impacting Poverty Commission?
    • What group(s) are needed to keep our community’s focus on impacting poverty and continue moving forward to address poverty in our community?
    • How can we best measure progress in this area?

Substance Abuse & Addiction

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Dr. Peggy Davis (Greene County Drug Court), Chief Paul Williams (SPD), Mary Turner (Alternative Opportunities)
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:

The Role of Relationships, Support Systems & Mentoring

  • Date/Time:
  • Presenters: Brooke Ash (CPO), Francine Pratt (MSU/Drury)
  • Location:
  • Questions to Address:

The following materials were presented by Dr. John Harms and Dr. Tim Knapp of the Missouri State University Sociology Department.

Poverty Trends, Causes & Actions

Poverty - The Big Picture

Poverty – The Big Picture

Poverty: The Big Picture

Poverty Trends Causes and Actions

Poverty Trends Causes and Actions