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Panel Discussion on Poverty


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A panel of experts in social service issues will discuss poverty, housing and the opioid epidemic during a public event Tuesday, April 24, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
Speakers include Jamey Lister, assistant professor at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work; Melanie Allen, assistant director at Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services; Alex Boroff, public relations director at WSOS Community Action; and Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez.

After the discussion, attendees are invited to view the special exhibit “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” in the lower level of the museum. The exhibit features historic photographs by journalist Jacob A. Riis and chronicles poverty in New York at the turn of the 20th Century. The exhibit also ties historic issues to poverty today.

There is no admission fee for those who attend this event to view the exhibit.

The panel speakers have a variety of experience.
Lister, Ph.D., has been an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit since 2015. His research focuses on improving access to high-quality treatments for people with opioid use disorder. His research has focused on factors that influence treatment in economically disadvantaged rural and urban areas.

During her time at Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services, Allen worked for more than 20 years in the Children’s Services Division. She handled child abuse and neglect cases, foster care and adoption.

She also has experience as a trainer with the Institute for Human Services and as a Sandusky County Probate Court investigator.
Boroff has worked for WSOS, a non-profit community action agency that provides a variety of services to help people in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties, since 2014. He previously worked as a reporter for the Focus newspaper in Fostoria for eight years.

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