Speaking of Poverty

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Speaking of Poverty
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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 9:18am

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130314/NEWS/303140038/IN-DEPTH-Study-County-s-poorer-kids-hit-hard-by-asthma

 

Poor kids have greater chances of asthma, Substandard housing being a contributing factor.  What would you change/add if money was no object?  What are your thoughts and experiences? 

 


 


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Sun, 03-17-2013 - 12:40pm

Deleted, double post. 

 


 


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Sun, 03-17-2013 - 12:45pm

To Marla, I do think there is a common element social workers (and those pursuing degrees) share.   There’s no debate but we have gotten into deep discussions at school, it’s not just poverty, its abuse and domestic violence, outreach for all kinds of reasons that sociology/psych majors are preparing themselves for.  A few of us have followed each other and still do.  Society and social justice is complex and I don’t know how far I will go.  What your brother sees is real and I totally agree that all many want is to be treated like human beings not charities, You don’t volunteer your time unless you are prepared for that IMO/E  and it truly is humbling, but there is the flip side whether you want to hear it or not.   I am incredibly certain there are people who are going to judge you b/c you’ve looked at them the wrong way or b/c you aren’t one of “them”, Social workers deal with a lot and there is no room for blinders!  A couple of semesters ago a professor spoke of something that stayed with me:  We were talking about different professions and the topic of right to life came up, she said chose your paths wisely, if you chose the public sector you keep your biases at bay and basically said the same thing about the catholic/private sector b/c you just don’t know what impression you’re making and that ultimate decision is NEVER yours to make - Moral being you aren’t out there to push your personal agenda onto anybody!  Next Fall will be my senior year if I take it that far, There’s methods and internship that I’d like to visit but I won’t bite off more than I can chew. 

You know nothing about me, There is no one exact profile for social work and I don’t believe those that say you’ve got to be like me/think like me or walk a mile in their shoes to do the job well, the field is political that way!   Where you think “feminism” fits in is beyond me too…  

This board is not a fair glimpse of real lives, OTOH it can be platform for a lot of krap people don’t talk about IRL.  Were you not around when I started a debate about fake Uggs?  I took a real life situation and took it to debate which stirred up an inferno about other “fake” things…  It was debatable!  And it was brought up again in this thread when a friendly bordie was being cute and tossed it my way, my reply was in kind.   Further, 80K isn’t some arbitrary number I pulled from the sky.  The link made comparisons b/w asthma at poverty levels and that income bracket which frankly, makes the study in itself…  Debatable!   (All studies are debatable.).   If you want to debate please do continue, Here, I will..  I don’t agree that you eliminate poverty, that’s rhetoric not even politicians have answers for and number 2.  There will always be somebody that makes more than you or less than you, high, middle and low classifications will always exist but just b/c your income falls at a federal low doesn’t mean conditions/standards should be substandard IMO and that’s where both the link and I were going, some purposely had trouble grasping that!   You tell me, what inspections would you change and how.  You tried to test me there and funny enough, you never answered it yourself (or was that ducky?).  What I get to see isn’t perfect but there are some great social programs at our schools and I see it b/c I work in them and b/c my kids are there but I know my own experiences are limited too.  If we have the power to control or fix what is making sick kids sick then why shouldn’t we?   Or do we just wait for routine inspections, cps or sweep it under the rug b/c you’re poor……  

Wow, The ramble of the day, Lol!  Have a great day.   

 


 


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Sun, 03-17-2013 - 1:37pm

Jams, thank you for answering some of the questions and explaining better what you meant.

Thing is, we agree that being poor should not have to mean that kids live in houses that make them sick. Rather than send out an army of social workers to inspect these kids, wouldn't it make better sense to make sure the building department does not allow sub-standard housing?

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Sun, 03-17-2013 - 2:06pm

This article touches on many of the same issues brought up here:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/14/local/la-me-jordan-20130315

"A retired elementary school principal in her late 50s, she'd been hired to give parenting tips to mothers at the rundown housing project because of her expertise in education. With a master's degree, a comfortable home in Inglewood and a close-knit family of high-achieving children, she inhabited a different world.

How could she hope to help these women? Only four months into the job, she felt overwhelmed by the unplanned pregnancies and meager job skills, the violence, disease and unnecessary death. In her first weeks of work, she met three mothers who had lost more than one son to murder.

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In time, McMillan could see how hungry the women were to do things differently.

They wanted to help their children do better in school than they had done. They diligently practiced Spanish at the end of every class, smiling shyly as they tried to roll their "rrs," because they thought it would help them get jobs in their increasingly Latino neighborhood.

[...]

Mackey started attending the meetings. She got more involved in church, spending more time with family and friends. She also enrolled in a program at Jordan to get her GED, part of the initiative to transform Jordan. On the day her certificate was awarded last fall, she stood in front of a small crowd to read a poem she had written.

"Can people look inside and see that I have feelings? Do they know it's hard to make my way, to keep on trying every day?""

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