Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University to host Interprofessional Poverty Simulation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2018
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523



Exercise will serve as training to debunk common misconceptions

Interprofessional Poverty Simulation

The simulation will be divided into four seven-minute sessions, each representing one week in which participants must maintain their home and provide for their family. The Poverty Simulation aims to shine light on the misconceptions of living in poverty and to educate future health professionals about this social factor that impacts the health of many people.

According to a survey released by researchers at Temple University and the college affordability-focused Wisconsin HOPE Lab, more than a third of college students are struggling with basic needs such as food and housing.

Up to 80 students from Westfield State University, Bay Path University, and Western New England University and who are enrolled in health related programs will attend, co-hosted by faculty and staff from the three universities. Additional grant funding was secured through Westfield State Scholarship of Teaching and Learning fund to help finance the simulation. Local community partners are providing volunteers to participate.

Monday, November 19, 2018, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Westfield State University
Scanlon Hall
577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA


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