Medical Society Of Milwaukee Welcomes Distinguished Author Kathryn J. Edin

$2.00 A Day:  Living on Almost Nothing in America – A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

MILWAUKEE, WI (August 10, 2017) - Can you imagine living in the United States on two dollars a day? What if the only income your family had was from donating plasma? The appalling reality is that for households across this country surviving on virtually no cash income.

The Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) an organization representing nearly 3,500 physicians and medical students, is pleased to bring Kathryn J. Edin to Milwaukee to serve as a keynote luncheon speaker for the Social Development Commission Summit on Poverty September 6 & 7, 2017 at the Italian Conference Center.  Ms. Edin, author of $2.00 A Day:  Living on Almost Nothing in America, will speak at Noon on Wednesday, September 6th.   According to the New York Times, this is “A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States.”

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of the single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform?

Edin has authored 8 books and some 80 journal articles. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men, and children. Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and an affiliate of the poverty research center at the University of Wisconsin.

“SDC is grateful to the Medical Society of Milwaukee County for their sponsorship of Ms. Edin, one of the nation’s leading researchers on poverty,” said SDC CEO George Hinton. “The Medical Society of Milwaukee County approached SDC, the largest anti-poverty agency in the state, because we both understand the epidemic of poverty, including the physical and mental health issues that are interconnected with it. Their recognition and desire to help people in poverty, and collaborate with SDC and educate the community, exemplifies both their leadership on health in the county and their forward thinking.”

“The Medical Society is honored to host Ms. Edin and be recognized as the Premier Partner for the Social Development Commission Summit on Poverty,” said Kathy Schmitz, Executive Director, Medical Society of Milwaukee County. Ms. Edins’ book is a harrowing account of a “new form of poverty” that has emerged in this country, and Milwaukee is no exception. “Studies now show a direct link between poverty, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and health outcomes.  Good health, however, is not an option when abhorrent living conditions include no heat, running water, food, and an abusive environment.  Physicians have a significant role to play in this issue by identifying and treating adverse childhood experiences to impact good health.”

SDC’s partnership with MSMC will further benefit attendees through the addition of a fifth workshop conducted by experts associated with the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. The session will educate attendees about the opioid crisis happening across Wisconsin. Emergency room physician, Dr. Jillian Theobald, of Froedtert Hospital will provide information about opioid drugs that are having a significant impact on our community.

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Thanks to the generosity of sponsors the keynote luncheon is provided free of charge. The Medical Society of Milwaukee Foundation is pleased to be a key sponsor this two-day summit.

The Social Development Commission will present the SDC Summit on Poverty 2017, Dismantling Systems of Poverty, Wednesday, September 6 - Thursday, September 7.  The SDC Summit on Poverty is a key collaboration of service providers and subject matter experts such as policy makers, advocates, faith-based and community based organizations. 

For more information contact Kathy Schmitz, Executive Director, Medical Society of Milwaukee County, at

Medical Society of Milwaukee County
P.O. Box 13114, Milwaukee, WI 53213
Phone: 920-560-5637

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