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The Harm of Structural Racism and Surveillance Culture in Public Assistance

December 15, 2021

Center staff, including DrPH candidate Emily Brown Weida, highlighted important research outcomes from the Building Wealth and Health Network in a new blog post published by the Public Health Post.

Through efforts to integrate Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid to streamline publicly funded support for low-income families, they identified three barriers limiting these efforts: 1) the surveillance culture existing where individuals are treated as “cases to be managed” rather than human beings who need support to thrive, 2) institutional racism and gender discrimination and 3) misaligned partnership values, priorities, and capabilities.

Read the full blog post entitled The Harm of Structural Racism and Surveillance Culture in Public Assistance on the Public Health Post website.