Correction, 11/28/2022: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the study to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study was conducted by ChildTrends.org.
A new study found progress made to reduce child poverty over the past 25 years in the U.S. is at risk of stalling or being reversed.
ChildTrends.org has released a study showing child poverty is on the rise after falling by 59% between 1993 and 2019. Child Trends is a research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth.
Avenel Joseph, vice president of policy for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said pandemic-related enhancement of Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit programs as well as food stamps lifted three million children out of poverty during the latter half of 2021, but Congress let the programs expire.
You can hear Joseph’s comments in this audio report from SBN’s Steve Lubetkin. Interview audio provided by Public News Service.
About the Guest
Vice President, Policy
Avenel Joseph joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2020 as the vice president for Policy. She brings a wealth of government, management, and political expertise to leading the Foundation’s Policy office and heading its Washington presence; serves as a key member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team; and guides, motivates, and inspires RWJF’s commitment to its policy and government engagement work to help build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
With her background as a scientist turned health policy professional, Avenel values the use of science, data, and evidence to drive policy. In this regard, she praises the Foundation’s approach to improving health from an entire community perspective, including its focus on the social determinants of health and health equity. She also values and is excited about the Foundation’s emphasis on engaging and empowering affected communities to inform policy change at the national, state, and local level.
Previously, Avenel served for more than 10 years shaping public policy in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. She began her career on Capitol Hill in 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives where she worked in both a personal office and on the Natural Resources Committee focusing on the intersection of health and the environment. In July 2013, she moved to the Senate as the chief health advisor for Senator Edward J. Markey, managing a comprehensive healthcare portfolio before transitioning to become his director of Policy and Oversight, where she oversaw and coordinated strategic planning and operations for the legislative team.
Throughout her career in policy, she has applied years of research and discovery in the biological sciences to inform her work crafting bipartisan proposals to improve health for all. In her positions serving the House and Senate she developed and advanced proposals to improve the safety of drugs and food, bolster treatment and resources to address the opioid epidemic, secure funding for flu vaccine and Alzheimer’s disease research, promote better chemical regulation and cleaner drinking water, and incentivize cleanup of contaminated lands for beneficial reuse.
Avenel received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Emory University; graduated with an MS in Developmental Toxicology from the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign; and earned her BS in Animal Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University.
Born in Queens, N.Y., she now resides in Washington with her husband, an architect, and her two children. She enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction with her book club; loves travel and exploring new places with her family; and relishes discovering exotic foods and restaurants.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
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