Boston University to Host National Conference on Public Health Social Work in the 21st Century

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(Boston) — Today, more than half of all social workers are in health-related jobs and the number is growing. Significant changes in the healthcare field have altered the roles and responsibilities of social workers, resulting in a new emphasis on community-based care, short-term interventions, and health promotion. As a partial response, dual programs in public health and social work have grown in number, producing a new generation of public health social workers.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its dual-degree program in public health and social work, Boston University is hosting a national conference titled, “Public Health Social Work in the 21st Century.”

From the social work and public health responses to traumatic and catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina, to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, this one-day conference on Friday, May 19, 2006 will address topics not only at the forefront of these professions, but all of society.

Featured speakers include Betsy Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Patricia Volland, vice president of the New York Academy of Medicine; Geoff Wilkinson, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association; Mary Urban-Keary, president of the Massachusetts chapter of NASW; and Hubert Jones, dean emeritus of the BU School of Social Work.

The School of Social Work at Boston University is one of the oldest schools of social work in the country and is known for its research and training in the areas of substance abuse, gerontology, health and mental health, and children and youth, and for the involvement of its faculty in community-based projects.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

“Public Health Social Work in the 21st Century”

Friday, May 19, 2006

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston