Building Wealth, Building Health

Building Wealth, Building Health

A Virtual Conversation with Amy Castro Baker, PhD, George Dalembert, MD, Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH, and Ioana Mariescu, PhD

The connection between wealth and health was never more evident than during the pandemic. As the temporary expansion of the child tax credit lifts millions of families out of poverty, policymakers are debating more permanent measures to build wealth in disadvantaged communities, such as “baby bonds” and guaranteed income. The impact on health and health care could be dramatic. This panel will discuss the evidence surrounding wealth and health, how health care providers can address their patients’ financial needs, cash benefits as an alternative to health insurance expansion, and real-world experiences in building wealth as a way to improve health.

Supported by the Charles C. Leighton, MD Memorial Lecture Fund. 

Free & open to the public. Stay tuned for Bluejeans event access info.


Amy Castro Baker, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania


George Dalembert, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Associate Director, Economic Mobility, Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family, Boston Medical Center

Ioana Mariescu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research