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Guest Speakers Help Frame New Jersey Income Inequality for Economics Students

Aditi Sen, a healthcare economist from Johns Hopkins, spoke to the 12th Grade Economics class virtually on February 9 as they launched a project to examine economic inequality in New Jersey. Students are examining all kinds of data to determine where health care services are most needed in South Jersey and how they can utilize the economic terminology that they have learned this year in a real-world context. One week later MFS parent Renee Koubiadis, Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, visited with the class virtually. She provided context for how structural racism has led to inequality in housing, income, and other social determinants that contribute to various issues in healthcare. Small teams of students will continue to gather data and then develop proposals and presentations to address some of these issues.

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