School of Social Policy & Practice

Impact of COVID-19 on homelessness

A new report coauthored by researchers at SP2 finds that COVID-19 could hospitalize some 21,295 people who don’t have housing, or about 4.3% of the nationwide homeless population.

Penn Today Staff

The fight for global health equity

In her book, “Global Health Justice and Governance,” Jennifer Prah Ruger of the School of Social Policy & Practice advocates “human flourishing” as a target for global health equity.

Brandon Baker



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The New Yorker

Imagining a justice-based health system

Jennifer Prah Ruger of the School of Social Policy & Practice was interviewed about health inequity in the time of the coronavirus. “We need to recognize, now more than ever, given this latest pandemic, that [science] is a major area for investment going forward,” she said.

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The New York Times

Congress addresses housing crunch amid coronavirus pandemic

Research led by Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice was cited. The study found that it would cost more than $11 billion to create enough housing units to support homeless people under the current conditions.

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The Guardian

One California mayor has tried universal basic income. His advice for Trump: ‘Think big’

Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice said those who received experimental basic income stipends spent 40% of the funds on food, highlighting the degree of food insecurity Americans have lived with since the 2008 recession.

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Newsweek

Coronavirus paid sick leave bill ‘does not go far enough’ and leaves many workers unprotected, economists warn

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the role of paid sick leave in preventing the spread of COVID-19. “Not paying sick leave may allow some businesses to stay afloat, instead of laying off everybody and therefore lowering employment,” she said. “But on the other hand this would spread the epidemic more, further compromising the economy and threatening the same businesses.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Coronavirus cash: Is now the time to ‘go big’ with a basic income relief package?

Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the cash-assistance program proposed by the Trump administration. “There has been a body of research that’s being built up in the policy space for a long time around the idea of cash transfers,” she said. “We know that’s the most efficient way to respond to natural disasters.”

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