Extreme Poverty in the United States: Its Dynamics and Its Implications for Health

Associate Name: Kathy Edin

Funding Source/Period of the Grant: HPC Pilot 07/01/15-06/30/16


This study aims to build upon the pioneering research of Johns Hopkins faculty in order to study the existence of extreme poverty in the United States – families that are living on incomes well below the official poverty line. We plan to develop a mixed method, multi-part project, the results of which would provide the basis for a grant application to the Population Dynamics Branch of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. In this proposal to the Hopkins Population Center, we ask for funds for graduate student research assistants to conduct preliminary interviews in Baltimore City and in Somerset County, Maryland. The purpose of the interviews is to test the feasibility of a survey-and-venue-based strategy for identifying families living in extreme poverty.



Photo: "POVERTY" by Paul Downey is licensed under CC BY 2.0