September 14, 2010 08:37 Age: 4 yrs

EPIC Conference Discusses Poverty in Metro Atlanta

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) will host its seventh annual conference, “Next Door, but Worlds Apart: Conversations about Poverty in Metro Atlanta,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Emory Law.

The conference will highlight six historically impoverished neighborhoods in and around Atlanta, identifying specific problems the communities face and solutions that have effected positive change in these areas.

Dr. Michael Rich of Emory's Office of University-Community Partnerships will deliver the morning keynote address. Expert panels throughout the day will address barriers that make it difficult to escape poverty. Discussions will focus on how access to quality health care, education and housing is limited for impoverished persons and ways to open avenues for improved access. Panelists also will address discrimination in areas of environmental equality and criminal justice, as well as unique challenges faced by impoverished women.

The conference is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Four hours of Georgia Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available for practicing attorneys. If desired, CLE credit is $20 payable by cash or check at conference check-in.

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