COVID-19 Media Resources

The Financial Health Network has been the leading voice on consumer financial health since our founding in 2004. Our work centers around building a future where all people, especially the most vulnerable, have the financial systems they need to be resilient and thrive.

Through focused research on topics such as short-term savings, workplace financial health, product innovation, and the annual U.S. Financial Health Pulse, our team is uniquely positioned to offer insight on how events like COVID-19 will impact the economy and financial health for years to come.

For media inquiries, please contact Naomi Adams Bata at nbata@finhealthnetwork.org.

Topics of Comment:

  • The current state of financial health in America and the potential impact of COVID-19 to vulnerable households, including low- to moderate-income people 50 and older and college students
  • How workers and families can respond to work stoppages or cash gaps, including how to build emergency savings 
  • The latest workplace and financial support programs for workers
  • The latest statistics on the financial consequences of COVID-19 in the U.S
  • The effects of taxes on financial health

Additional Resources:

  • COVID-19 Response Hub: The latest information and a curated list of financial support programs offered by Financial Health Network Member organizations for their employees and customers
  • U.S. Financial Health Pulse: Household-level data insights that reveal the state of financial health in America
  • Market Size Study: The size of the underserved market in the U.S., including a breakdown by financial product of fees and interest paid by consumers

Our Thought Leaders

Jennifer Tescher
President and CEO

Jennifer Tescher is a nationally known expert on the subject of consumer financial health, regularly quoted in and contributing to national and financial news media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s “Marketplace,” CBS MarketWatch, Forbes, and American Banker. She is also a frequent speaker across a broad spectrum of industry and policy convenings, ranging from Money20/20 to the Department of the Treasury.

 

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John Thompson
Chief Program Officer

John Thompson leads the Financial Health Network’s programmatic activity, including its research, consulting, innovation, network, and policy practices. His previous private-sector career in financial services, technology, the humanities, and retail delivery provides a broad range of experiences to draw from in addressing financial health business issues. He is regularly invited to speak at leading financial services and fintech events and has recently been quoted on financial health strategies by The New York Times and the Associated Press.

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Matt Bahl
Vice President, Head of Workplace

Matt Bahl facilitates outreach and strategy for workplace financial health at the Financial Health Network. Formerly the vice president of financial wellness customer strategies at Prudential, Bahl has extensive experience on financial health and has previously spoken on the topic to audiences at conferences like the Society for Human Resource Management and IndustryWeek.

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Rob Levy
Vice President, Research and Measurement

Rob Levy leads the research and thought leadership practice at Financial Health Network. His portfolio includes consumer and industry research, product-level analyses, and business best practices designed to inform the marketplace on how to improve financial health outcomes while generating long-term business growth. He often speaks to audiences in the retirement, insurance, and financial planning industries and has been quoted by Credit.com, CNBC, and ABC News.

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