Commitment to Education

Financial Health Network and the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development

Since 2016, the Financial Health Network and the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development at Illinois State University have partnered to address root causes of financial insecurity, and promote solutions for financial services professionals and consumers.

With institutional goals to foster both consumer awareness and professional responsiveness when it comes to financial health and economic systems, the Financial Health Network is proud to count education among its core functions.

Through our support of Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center and its educational mission to inform the public and train the leaders of tomorrow, we strive together toward a world where all types of consumers achieve financial literacy and stability through knowledge of options and systems, and where financial services professionals understand the connections between the financial health of customers, the growth and stability of the industry, and the strength of our communities.


Fellows Program

The Financial Health Network provides Stevenson Center Fellows with opportunities for learning and professional growth. Fellows are emerging specialists in community and economic development with a dedication to service. Fellows complete one year of intensive coursework on campus followed by 11 months of professional practice with host organizations across the country to satisfy degree requirements, where they engage in activities that support their hosts’ needs and advance their own professional goals.

Current and Past Fellows’ Contributions to the Financial Health Network

Fellows placed with the Financial Health Network have the unique opportunity to contribute to programs and research that impact financial health outcomes for consumers. 

Financially Underserved Market Sizing Project
This project is the annual installment of the Financial Health Network's ongoing work to define and track the size, scope, and growth of market activity for consumer finance products that impact underserved U.S. consumers. As a project team member, skill development includes research, quantitative modeling, writing, and contributed to ACED Sequence learning goals 1b, 2b, 3, and 6.

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LMI 50+ Tech Adoption Report
This current project will examine challenges outlined in the recent AARP Foundation-sponsored report by the Financial Health Network, "Redesigning the Financial Roadmap for the LMI 50+ Segment", and identify barriers, opportunities, and design recommendations for LMI 50+ technology adoption. As a project team member, skill development includes qualitative research synthesis and analysis, writing, and contributed to ACED Sequence learning goals 1a, 1c, 2b, 3, and 6.

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Insurance Topic Area
Our current Fellow is supporting a market outreach initiative with an aim of better understanding how change happens in the insurance space. Contributed light thought leadership with a blog post highlighting the insurance-related findings in the 2019 U.S. Financial Health Pulse Trends Report. Contributed to ACED Sequence learning goals 1b, 1c, 2a, 3, and 4.

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FinX Workshops
Planned and supported FinX workshops, an in-the-field activity that provides participants with a deeper understanding of the complexity of consumers’ financial lives.

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Payments Research
Research on the impact of the IRS delaying payments to Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit recipients in order to develop key messages and a communications strategy to help build awareness about the change and ensure that both taxpayers and non-profit organizations serving them know what they should be doing to prepare.

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Co-Authoring papers
A previous fellow researched and co-authored Reaching Credit Invisibles Through Secured Credit Cards.

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