On June 28th, 2017 at 2:00pm, the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) hosted a free Webinar entitled Transportation Access and Its Importance to Economic Mobility and Family Self-Sufficiency. This moderated Webinar provided an in-depth look at the research on how transportation barriers hinder self-sufficiency for low-income workers and explored practice- and policy-based approaches for alleviating transportation barriers. During this webinar, presenters discussed the state of the research on transportation as a barrier to self-sufficiency and the relationship between transportation and economic/employment outcomes, as well as provided a practice and policy perspective to include recommendations and findings relevant to the self-sufficiency field. Dr. Evelyn Blumenberg, Dr. Nicholas Klein, and Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal served as speakers and Dr. Kristin Abner moderated the discussion.
Jodi Sandfort is a professor at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs and chair of the school’s Management and Leadership Area. Her research, teaching, and practice all focus on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families.
Jennie Romich is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and faculty director of the West Coast Poverty Center. She studies resources and economic well-being in families with a particular emphasis on low-income workers, household budgets, and families’ interactions with public policy.
Beth Mattingly is director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey School of Public Policy. She manages all of Carsey’s policy relevant work relating to family well-being. Her interests center on women, children, and family well-being.
Heather D. Hill is an associate professor in the Evans School at the University of Washington. Her research examines how public and workplace policies influence family economic circumstances and child wellbeing in low-income families.
Colleen Heflin is a professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and International Affairs and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. She conducts policy-relevant research that sits at the boundaries of sociology, economics, public health, public administration, and women’s studies.