Group for Public Health Social Work Initiatives (GPSI)

The Group for Public Health Social Work Initiatives (GPSI), formed in 2003 by an independent group of public health social work practitioners, is an ad hoc working group affiliated with Boston University.  GPSI promotes public health social work through education, research, professional development, and trans-disciplinary activities.

Goals

  • To promote, support, strengthen, evaluate, and advance public health social work graduate education and training.
  • To increase and enhance the evidence base for public health social work by engaging in relevant research activities.
  • To improve and expand public health social work through the promotion of networking, resource building, continuing education and professional development.
  • To promote and reinforce trans-disciplinary collaboration between public health and social work,  with the goal of maximizing the impact of both professions on contemporary health issues.

Research and Presentations

  • “Public health social work:  Findings from a national conference” presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2007, in Washington, D.C.
  • “Public health social work:  Findings from a national conference” presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, October 2007, in San Francisco, CA.
  • “Social work interest in prevention and health promotion:  A content analysis of social work literature” presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2006, in Boston, MA.
  • “Is social work interested in prevention?  A content analysis of social work literature” presented at the Society for Public Health Education Annual Meeting, November 2006, in Boston, MA.
  • “Voices of public health social work:  Training social reformers across disciplines” presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, February 2006, in Chicago, IL.
  • “Two professions, one career:  How MSW/MPH graduates view the journey” presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, February 2006, in Chicago, IL.
  • “Reducing oral health disparities:  A role for social work?” presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, February 2006, in Chicago, IL.
  • “The role of public health social work in strengthening research-based practice:  Findings from a study on MSW/MPH graduates” presented at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, January 2006, in San Antonio, TX.
  • “Evidence-based practice in public health social work:  A powerful tool for integration and revitalization” presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, December 2005, in Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Public health social work in the workplace” presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2004, in Washington, D.C.

Members of GPSI

Betty J. Ruth, LCSW, MSW, MPH
Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA
bjruth@bu.edu

Sarah Sisco, MPH, MSSW
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
ssisco@health.nyc.gov

Jamie Wyatt, LCSW, MSW, MPH
The Missouri Foundation, Kansas City, MO
jamiewyatt1@yahoo.com

Tinka Markham Piper, CSW, MPH
Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
katharine.markhampiper@mcgill.ca

Christina Bethke, MSW
Harvard University School of Medicine, Department of Social Medicine, Boston, MA
christina_bethke@hms.harvard.edu

Sara S. Bachman, Ph.D. (Research Consultant)
Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA
sbachman@bu.edu