Poverty Simulation

Poverty Simulations are currently on hold due to social distancing requirements. Tentative dates for 2021 are scheduled, but not available for registration at this time.

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. 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

Disclosure: 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.

This program was approved for 4.0 General contact hour(s) of continuing education credit by the National Association of Social Workers- Louisiana Chapter as authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners."

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


Ellen Tadman

Special Instructions:

Registration is required.