Stress can affect developing brains, including the kind of stress that poverty can create. But a strong caregiver can mediate those effects. Those are the findings of a new study in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics. It's not news that stress and poverty can have negative effects.
Rhode Island has a poverty rate of 14%, according to a scorecard from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national think-tank.
The Economic Progress Institute of Rhode Island holds its annual policy conference Thursday to tackle the complex issue of poverty in the Ocean State. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sits down with that organization’s executive director, Kate Brewster.