Some Joplin medical students spent the afternoon learning what it’s like to struggle with poverty.
KCU Joplin hosted a poverty simulator for 140 students both from KCU and medical programs at Missouri Southern. Each participant was assigned a family, with a job, bills to pay, and a few of life’s daily challenges – like a dead refrigerator. Organizers hope the project helps future doctors and nurses experience the struggles when money is tight.
“A better understanding for what poverty looks like, what do they experience on a day to day business, basis, and also it helps them understand sometimes why that person may not come in to see them,” says Debbie Markman, Econ. Security Corp.
The campus will host a second poverty simulator session for students next month.