Sevly Snguon

A wave of targeted anti-poverty interventions in the U.S. provides individuals and families unconditional, unrestricted, and recurring cash transfers, also known as guaranteed income. The results are promising for those who have been fortunate to be selected as participants, such as reduced mental distress and higher attainment of full-time jobs compared with control groups. However, assessing the health effects of guaranteed income remains an opportunity to explore. Sevly’s research aims to elucidate how guaranteed income can improve health outcomes by centering equity, dignity, and autonomy of historically minoritized populations. Guaranteed income is a promising public health intervention that can interrupt the health consequences facilitated by structural violence (e.g., structural racism, sexism, transphobia). Sevly wants to embed a Culture of Health in this movement in hopes of cementing guaranteed income as policy. Poverty is a policy choice that decision-makers can change.

Sevly is a queer, trans-nonbinary child of immigrant refugees who survived genocide in Cambodia. Sevly’s firsthand experiences surviving structural violence drive their scholarship and activism to create a better society, especially for minoritized populations. Sevly hopes to abolish poverty to ensure everyone has their basic needs met.


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