A potential role of anti-poverty programs in health promotion

Kenneth Silverman, August F. Holtyn, Brantley P. Jarvis

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Poverty is one of the most pervasive risk factors underlying poor health, but is rarely targeted to improve health. Research on the effects of anti-poverty interventions on health has been limited, at least in part because funding for that research has been limited. Anti-poverty programs have been applied on a large scale, frequently by governments, but without systematic development and cumulative programmatic experimental studies. Anti-poverty programs that produce lasting effects on poverty have not been developed. Before evaluating the effect of anti-poverty programs on health, programs must be developed that can reduce poverty consistently. Anti-poverty programs require systematic development and cumulative programmatic scientific evaluation. Research on the therapeutic workplace could provide a model for that research and an adaptation of the therapeutic workplace could serve as a foundation of a comprehensive anti-poverty program. Once effective anti-poverty programs are developed, future research could determine if those programs improve health in addition to increasing income. The potential personal, health and economic benefits of effective anti-poverty programs could be substantial, and could justify the major efforts and expenses that would be required to support systematic research to develop such programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive Medicine
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • Anti-poverty interventions
  • HIV
  • Health disparities
  • Incentives
  • Poverty
  • Therapeutic workplace
  • Unemployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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