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Income Support: How can Basic Income and Child Allowances reduce extreme economic inequality?


This Webinar is presented by the Social Work Grand Challenge to Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality, one of thirteen challenges. This Grand Challenge team is exploring the ways in which different policies and approaches can address economic inequality.

This webinar is designed to explore the nature of Basic Income policies, including such related policies as Child Allowances. Social workers need to know about, understand, and consider their support for new policies and approaches that will address economic inequality and the consequent ills of material hardship; food, housing, and income insecurity; and racial and gender income and wealth gaps. The pandemic has made even more glaringly visible the nature of economic inequality in the United States, the intersection with race and gender, and the ramifications for health, education, and access to work. Basic Income and Child Allowances are related approaches designed to address both economic inequality and the insecurities and dangers it brings.

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Laura Lein, PhD, MA; Dylan Bellisle, PhD, MSW; Luke Shaefer, PhD, AM; Michael A. Lewis, PhD, MSW; Aisha Nyandoro, PhD, MA; Leah Hamilton, MSW; & Joan Hunt, MSW

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify key measures of economic inequality and the impact of economic inequality.
  2. Describe ways in which income support programs can address economic inequality.


1:00 - 1:30pm | Economic inequality in the United States and key income supports

1:30 - 2:00pm | Issues and benefits in income support programs

2:00 - 2:15pm | Implications of local income support programs for social work practice

CE Approval Statement

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/15/2020-5/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 synchronous online continuing education contact hour.

Please see the CE Policies page for more information about continuing education.

Event Details

  • Online
  • Dominique Crump
  • [email protected]
  • 8/24/2021 - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
This event has no location.

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