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Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

Joan and Sanford Weill hall
Suite 5100
735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091

Key Issues


Poverty and health are closely intertwined. Families and individuals with low-incomes often experience barriers to affordable health care, healthy food, and other necessities. In turn, poor health can often lead to economic stress, including a loss of income, increased healthcare costs, and mental health challenges.

Health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities. This includes resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; access to quality education; workplace safety; clean water, food, and air; and social interactions and relationships.

The conditions in which we live often determine the degree of our health and well-being. Research shows that safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, health services, and clean environments all play critical roles in the health and well-being of families and individuals. Systemic racism has historically denied people of color equitable access to healthy living conditions. On a personal level, racism contributes to chronic stress experienced by people of color, which can lead to adverse health outcomes.

Poverty Solutions and our affiliated scholars and partners work to reduce health disparities related to poverty and health equity. We support both small scale interventions and systems change projects to promote positive outcomes for both social and physical determinants of health and a higher quality-of-life.

Health Scholars


News Releases

Research Projects

News Channel 5 Nashville | Oct. 1, 2021

SNAP benefits increase nationwide

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Deseret News | Sep. 16, 2021

Food insecurity and the pandemic: Who’s going hungry and has it gotten worse?

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Bridge Michigan | Sep. 10, 2021

Opinion | State IDs and driver’s licenses are vital to Michiganders’ health

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