Professional Education

Poverty Simulation

What is a Poverty Simulation?


A Poverty Simulation is an immersive experience that simulates aspects of what it is like to live in poverty for one month. What is it like to live in poverty? Of course, no simulation can provide a full picture, but this experience allows you to walk in the shoes of an impoverished person and come face to face with how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are.

You might be in a role such as:

  • A single parent 

    with limited resources and no transportation who must find a way to get to work and get their child to daycare.

  • An elderly person

    who must find a way to pay for both utilities and medication

  • A young adult

    who must care for siblings while their parent is incarcerated.


If you have experienced poverty at any time during your life, participation in this simulation may cause distress. However, your experiences are valuable to this program. If you would like to participate in other ways, such as volunteering to work one of the simulation stations, please contact Educational Services at Woman’s Hospital through the contacts listed below.

RN: 4 contact hours are awarded to this offering by Woman's Hospital. You must attend the entire offering and complete the evaluation form to receive the contact hours.

Woman’s Hospital is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, Provider #19.

MD: Woman’s Hospital designates this live activity for 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Woman’s Hospital is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

SW: This program has been approved for 4 general continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State board of Social Work Examiners and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. You must attend the entire offering and complete the evaluation form to receive the contact hours.

Special Needs

If you need special assistance due to a disability recognized by the ADA, please call 225-231-5475 to request assistance.


Dates Offered

Registration details: 

Everyone must be inside the conference rooms before the doors close at 12:30 PM.

43 seats left
Woman's JE Dunn Conference Center Conference Room 1, 2 & 3