• Poverty Simulation Experience 2013

    The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities brought the Poverty Simulation Experience to the UMMC campus on March 27, 2013. This session was a unique educational activity as part of our SACS-COC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and was made possible through a grant from Entergy Corp. The project is designed to help participants understand what a typical low-income family goes through just trying to survive from month to month. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people and how those social and cultural contexts impact health and health care.

    Eighty participants, with representatives from all five UMMC schools as well as employees and students were divided into "families" of varying composition. They were tasked with providing for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.”