Becoming basic needs-informed starts with asking the right questions – questions nobody ever told you to ask.
How did you get here today?
What does it cost you to do your family’s laundry?
Do you have a quiet place to do your homework?
Government assistance and/or low-wage jobs are often insufficient to meet the basic needs of a family or an individual. When people cannot afford things like hygiene products or transportation, their lives are disrupted in many ways.
The first-ever Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum is designed to expand the mindset of professionals by coaching participants to address the gaps in basic needs, and other poverty-related issues, in their agency assessments, patient/client intakes, teaching strategies and/or delivery of medical care to children and families living in poverty.
Basic needs-informed care can result in a more equitable, effective and efficient delivery of services and supports.
Applying basic needs-informed questions to problems often shows that the root cause is simpler than we realize. This enables you to focus on strategies that help people achieve better outcomes.
The Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum is for social service, educational and health care professionals who serve families and children who are poor and low-income.
• Social Workers
• Case Managers