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Linda Riddell, MS – Addressing In-Work Poverty

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Show Topic:
Being a low wage earner and living in poverty do not always go hand-in-hand and understanding the challenges that may lead employees to be working, but also living in poverty, are important to help those employees to break down barriers that stand in the way of their progression out of poverty—an ultimately become more productive employees.

On this episode of HR Power Hour join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks about addressing in-work poverty with Linda Riddell, MS, an epidemiologist, specializing in poverty and social- economic status issues and founder of Gettin’ By a Maine Technology Institute grant-funded training that combines socioeconomic research with board game mechanics to change how players understand poverty and teach best practices for improving the livelihood and health outcomes for the individuals they serve.

During the course of the show they will discuss in-work poverty, who is most vulnerable to it, why employers should be cognizant of it, and steps employers can take to help employees progress out of poverty.

About The Guest:

Ms. Riddell is an epidemiologist specializing in poverty. Writing about and presenting brain science concepts has been a focal point for her work. From her years working as an epidemiologist and specializing in poverty, she created “gettin’ by”, a training program to help professionals work more effectively with low-income people. The centerpiece of the program is a game that puts the players’ brains through the same changes that happen to a person living in poverty.

In 2019, after five years of testing and development, she brought the program to national and regional conferences. She is an experienced and enthusiastic public speaker. She speaks at several events each year and gets positive reviews.

Her undergraduate degree is in English from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her master’s degree in health policy and management at the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School for Public Service. She has also completed courses at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in social epidemiology and biostatistics.