Rural Health Network collaborated with Binghamton University’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) program to host three poverty simulations last month in the Mandela Room at BU! Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau members spoke during each event on their personal experiences with poverty and food insecurity.

Close to 190 students participated in the three simulations. We were also supported by several community volunteers, including 15 service members from the Rural Health Service Corps. Rural Health Network Poverty Simulations aim to simulate the lived experiences of low-income and food-insecure families. The simulations also highlight many of the structural obstacles to socioeconomic mobility, personal health, happiness, and employment. Learn more about the simulations by reading BU’s write-up of the event here!