7 Steps in Understanding Poverty / October 2018
Quick survey questions – do you want to be poor? Do you want your children to be poor? Do you know anyone who wants to be poor?
No matter who the audience is, the answer is a resounding no. No one wants to be poor.
“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” - Nelson Mandela
For human beings to understand poverty, we use The Medical Model in developing a National Standard of Care to treat the condition of poverty. This approach is like the development of treatment for any other major disease, such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes.
Step 1. Research, evaluate, and analyze the data
Step 2. Define and implement best practices, based on the data
Step 3. Identify and explore best practices to develop condition-specific Standards of Care
Step 4. Share information and train people
Step 5. Implement strategies through trained people
Step 6. Collect data
Step 7. Repeat steps 1. through 6. using Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
In the initial research and analysis, we found no consistent treatment of poverty. There was no comprehensive, cross-industry, interdisciplinary, uniform analytics to support CQI.
Science and Data
With Transition To Success (TTS), science and data, not good intentions alone, drive treatment for the condition of poverty. As an example, think of how the treatment for HIV/AIDS was developed and implemented a few years ago. 35 years ago, a diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence. Today, because of Continuous Quality Improvement, HIV is a treatable condition. CQI, when science and data drive practice, must be applied to the condition of poverty.
TTS is gaining national attention. Statistically significant results directly undermine the stigma and character flaw mentality associated with poverty. To learn more about TTS, the recently published book “Diagnosis Poverty” is available at www.DiagnosisPoverty.com. You can also visit our website at www.TransitionToSuccess.org or contact Marcella Wilson PhD at MWilson@TTS-LLC.org
Welcome to my world,
Watch for our next blog – Transition To Success: The U.S. Delivery System Serving Clients in Poverty