Wednesday, April 1

9:00-11:30NYSCAA Board Meeting
12:00Sign-in and walk-in registration opens.
1:00-1:15Welcome and Introductions – New York State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales
1:15-2:15Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jim Withers, Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
2:15-2:45Food & Beverage Break/Visit Exhibitors
2:45-4:15Panel I – Transportation
Transportation is an expensive necessity, and often it is a barrier between people living in poverty and the jobs and resources that will help them become self-sufficient.   Our panel will discuss some innovative solutions to transportation barriers in urban and rural settings.

Thursday, April 2

8:00-9:00Breakfast and Registration
9:00-9:15Welcome Back – Veronica Cruz, New York Department of State
Director, Division of Community Services
9:15-10:45Panel II- Mental Health
Mental health is as integral to well-being as physical health, but treatment for mental illness can often be difficult to access for individuals living in poverty.   Mental disorders cause diminished productivity, impaired social functioning and even long term disability.  Our panelists will discuss this public health issue and its connection to poverty.

10:45-11:00Beverage Break
11:00-12:30Panel III- Education
Education can provide a pathway out of poverty, but high quality education is not always  accessible to those from the lowest income households.  Our panelists will make the connection between learning and living in poverty and describe some innovative programs designed to ensure the success of young people hoping to rise out of poverty.

1:30-2:30Keynote – Richard V. Reeves, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Policy Director for the Center on Children and Families, Brookings
2:30-2:45 Wrap-Up