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Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

Nurses Collect More Than 225,000 Diapers to Help Families in Need

Lynn Erdman | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Lynn Erdman

Many people aren't aware that one out of every three families in the United States struggle to provide enough clean diapers for their children. As a nurse, I witnessed first-hand children being admitted to the hospital for serious infections and severe rashes due to a lack of clean diapers.

Child Poverty Is a Public Health Crisis

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Even a temporary period of poverty puts a child at risk of lifelong disadvantage. So when 39 percent of our children are being exposed to such harm, that is a public health crisis -- quite possibly the most serious one this country has ever faced.

Working to Wipe Out Diaper Need

Lynn Erdman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Lynn Erdman

Most people do not know that one out of every three families in the United States struggle to buy enough diapers for their children. On average, infants and toddlers require 8-12 diapers a day.

Public School Isn't Free, and Not Everyone Can Afford It

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Poverty pokes holes in a family's life. Non-profit and government programs seek to close those holes. But we tend to so this imperfectly, because we are almost always short on resources.

To Help People in Poverty, We Must Ask the Right Questions

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I created the Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum to help others recognize when the lack of a material thing - often a simple one - is causing serious problems. It can shine a light on ways to help people become healthier and more independent almost immediately.

Seeking More Happy Endings

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

James Robinson of Detroit walked 21 miles a day back and forth to his hourly wage job, where he had chalked up a decade of perfect attendance.

Children Raised in Poverty Have Smaller Brains

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Joanne Goldblum

Information like this can lead in two directions: to despair or to action. Despair is a non-starter. Putting aside humanitarian concerns, the United States cannot afford to limit the prospects of the 20 percent of its children who grow up in poverty.

Barriers That Keep Poor Kids out of School

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Absenteeism matters. It is more strongly associated with dropping out than low test scores. The reasons that children from low-income families miss more school are varied. Their families may not have the ability to advocate for proper services for students with learning or physical disabilities.

The Diaper Tax

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Joanne Goldblum

Baby diapers are taxed in most states. Adult incontinence products are more likely to be exempt. There is a reason why sales tax usually does not apply to food or medicine. They are necessities. In what world are diapers not?

A Handout Is a Hand Up

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That's of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it casts a long shadow on The American Dream.

Two-generation Approach to Success

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

If we want kids from low-income families to have healthy and bright futures, we need to help parents succeed.

If Every Day Were Halloween

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

On Halloween, we're generous to any child who asks -- simply because they asked. So what exactly is different about that one night each year? How can we make this magic last longer?

A Week to Be Aware -- and To Be Kind

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

We still call diaper need a "silent crisis," because many Americans don't know that one in three low-income families struggles to afford clean diapers for their children.

Most Powerful Man in the World Grew Up on Food Stamps

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I was at a dinner with Barack Obama through a series of flukes and didn't speak with him long. But I wanted to know what the president thought about child poverty. He reminded me that his mother used Food Stamps when he was young. This has been written about before, but hearing him say it struck me.

Those Slackers at Downton Abbey

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

They don't work for a living; they keep making babies; and they have a tremendous sense of entitlement. I'm talking about the Crawleys, of course, the fictional blue bloods who live at Downton Abbey.

New Year's Resolutions To Do Right By Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.

Hate to Clean? Be Thankful

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

This Thanksgiving, when you're feeling grateful for your feast, also think about the napkins, the well-scrubbed faces around your table and the prospect of cleaning the oven when it's all over.

The Crisis That Was Not Averted

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

I offer no solutions to averting another government shutdown. But I can tell you one thing we can all do to make America a more secure and prosperous nation: We can write a check -- to the local food bank, diaper bank, heating assistance fund or community health center.

The Unmentionable Problem

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Why don't more outlets make poverty a beat, especially considering that one in five American children is growing up in poverty? Don't those 20 percent of our children deserve even a little of the attention that goes to Miley Cyrus?

Saying the Right Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When people are coping with a difficult situation, sometimes friends show up and make it worse. So I offer this modest guide of ways you can avoid being one of them.

Asking the Right Questions

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

There is nothing abstract about poverty. It's an in-your-face reality that never, ever lets up. It touches people a thousand different ways every day. That gives us a thousand opportunities to help, to ameliorate the effects of poverty on families.

AWFUL: 30% Of Mothers Struggle To Afford Diapers

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

A group of Yale researchers has unveiled a surprising truth regarding a basic necessity many take for granted in the U.S. -- diapers. Pediatrics, ...

Social Change: It's Like Riding a Bike

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

One man, a bike, half a million diapers and a whole new approach to helping families in need.

Your Waitress Can't Afford Childcare

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

The working poor are not only working, they're doing some of the hardest jobs out there, including restaurant work, construction and farming. They deserve better, and so to their children.