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Poverty Law

Resources for getting started on research related to laws and legal issues impacting the poor.


Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The Food Research and Action Center is a non-profit that seeks to improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger.

Health Poverty Action

Health Poverty Action works with health care workers and activists to help improve the health of impoverished communities. 

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

This group promotes education, research, and technical assistance to help health organizations leverage legal services in order to respond to health-related social needs. 

National Health Law Program

This organization is dedicated to expanding access to healthcare to low-income and underserved communities.


Poverty and Health: A Crisis among America's Most Vulnerable by Kevin M. Fitzpatrick (Praeger, 2013)


This book, published in two volumes, explores the complex relationship between poverty and healthcare access. (USC Libraries)


Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty by Veena Das (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Author Veena Das examines a range of poverty and health issues by investigating poor neighborhoods in Delhi and more broadly investigates the societal contexts in which illness occurs. (USC Libraries)


The Policy and Politics of Food Stamps and SNAP by Matthew Gritter (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)


Discusses the implementation and expansion of food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). (USC Libraries)


Urban Poverty and Health Inequalities: A Relational Approach by Darrin Hodgetts and Ottilie Stolte (Routledge, 2017)


Explores the history and media depictions of poverty and health and proposes a connection between urban poverty and health inequalities. (USC Libraries)


The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills by David A. Ansell (University of Chicago Press, 2017)


Surveys the health inequalities of the urban poor that have statistically led to lower life expectancies. (USC Libraries)


Health and Poverty by Michael J. Holosko & Marvin D. Feit (Routledge, 2021)

Discusses how health care in the United States keeps the poor disempowered and decreases the quality of care they receive and argues that current legislation and reforms are inadequate.


American Journal of Public Health

Peer-reviewed monthly journal covering health policy and public health. (USC Libraries)


Health Affairs

Published since 1981 as a peer-reviewed healthcare journal covering health policy. (USC Libraries)


Health Economics

Contains articles on numerous aspects of health economics and analyses of public health policies. (USC Libraries)



Journal of Public Mental Health

This international journal offers dissemination and debate on public mental health. Its articles include public health and government policy analysis. (USC Libraries)


Global Health by Ovid 

Database for literature on health data and health-related issues.

World Health Organization Health Topics 

General and technical information, data, multimedia resources, reports, and programs on a wide-range of global health topics.

Data & Statistics

This government website provides high-value health data for researchers.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Security in the U.S.

Provides key statistics on food security including number of affected households, household characteristics, prevalence of food insecurity by state, and trends in food insecurity.

World Health Organization Global Health Observatory

Health-related statistics on an international level. Data is organized around health status and quality indicators in relation to the World Health Organization's health care goals.

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