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About This Event

According to the 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, parents in poverty report struggling with planning, preparing and providing for their families’ needs. Many children living in poverty have gaps in learning, knowledge and socio-emotional development that begin as early as infancy and get progressively wider over time.

This presentation is an overview of the state of poverty and how poverty, disability, and culture intersect, with a focused discussion about groups that are disparately affected. Join us for this interactive workshop that will lead participants to explore assumptions, misperceptions, stigma, stereotypes, and bias about the causes of poverty. Attendees will discuss ways to reduce common barriers to accessing needed services such as awareness of implicit bias, engagement of low-income individuals in solutions, and addressing systemic causes of poverty.

You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Please also feel free to arrive early or stay after for additional networking.


  • Brenda Graves-Croom

    Cultural & Linguistic Competency Coordinator, Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Family Social Services Administration

    Brenda Graves-Croom is the CLC Coordinator for the Indiana System of Care. She develops and facilitates continuing education for workers and reaches out to engage the community, families and youth with systems of care. Before working for state government, Brenda spent 15 years as a small business owner managing a language school with additional services in interpreting, translating and CLC education. Brenda received a Bachelor of Arts at Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Indiana University.