Work Support Strategies: Improving Work Supports in Diverse State Governments

GIST Webinar
May 23, 2013 at 12:30pm (EST)

Millions of American families struggle to put food on their tables, afford child care, and access publicly supported health insurance.  At the same time work support programs, including SNAP, publicly subsidized child care, and health care, are underutilized. What are the barriers to low-income families receiving public benefits?  What new opportunities does health reform offer to states and to funders who want to streamline systems? And, what can funders do to help more families access the benefits they are eligible for?

This webinar examined an effort to change the systems that provide these benefits by simplifying the process, reducing confusion for families, and increasing efficiency for government partners. In 2011, the Work Support Strategies Initiative was launched in nine politically diverse states. Recounting some early wins, field experts and grantmakers discussed how they partnered to reform state systems, increase staff capacity and culture, and facilitate data-sharing among stakeholders.


  • Chauncy Lennon, Ford Foundation
  • Stacy Dean, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Olivia Golden, Urban Institute