“Years ago, I started my career interested in how we could decrease poverty in our country. I wrote an esoteric doctoral dissertation on a seemingly impossible idea of subsidizing wages for low-income workers (to my surprise, others made this idea work in the form of our nation’s incredibly important Earned Income Tax Credit Program).

Over time, I drifted to spending more and more time trying to figure out how to improve the health of low-income New Yorkers and the most vulnerable among our neighbors. What I have learned over the years is that poverty and health challenges are intrinsically intertwined: each causes the other.”

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