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USDLA Awards Boston University School of Social Work a Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming in 2014
School of Social Work recently honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for excellence in distance learning
Boston, MA (May 6, 2014) – The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with a Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. The USDLA, a nonprofit association and national leader in distance learning, presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards on May 5, 2014, in conjunction with its 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Included in the recognition ceremony were awards for 21st Century Best Practices, Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming, Best Practices for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, Outstanding Leadership by an Individual, Hall of Fame and the Eagle for an elected official.
These prestigious International Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. The Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming acknowledged Boston University School of Social Work’s online program course, CP 771: Clinical Practice with Groups. Clinical Associate Professor Donna McLaughlin, MSW, LICSW, from the School of Social Work, and Senior Instructional Designer James A. Frey from the office of Distance Education collaboratively designed this course; Clinical Associate Professor McLaughlin teaches the online graduate course three times annually.
“As a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we are honoring the Boston University School of Social Work as a leader in the industry,” said Dr. John G. Flores, executive director of USDLA and program professor at Nova Southeastern University. “The School of Social Work online MSW program has raised the bar of excellence, and we are truly honored by the School’s contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”
The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite, and blended learning delivery technologies.
“Our faculty has always adhered to the highest level of educational standards at the School of Social Work,” said School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD. “Receiving such a prestigious award is a great honor for all of us and for our amazing partners in Distance Education. This honor not only confirms the excellence of our online MSW program, but also honors these fine BU educators, Professor Donna McLaughlin and Designer James A. Frey.”
“This year’s USDLA Awards represent the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field. The depth and breadth of the USDLA membership allows us to engage with leaders from higher education, K-12, industry, military, and government who daily demonstrate the power of distance learning. We are so very proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence,” said USDLA President Jenny Jopling.
About Boston University
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.
About the Boston University School of Social Work
The Boston University School of Social Work is a dynamic, urban-based graduate school, offering MSW, PhD, and dual degree programs, as well as continuing professional education. The School is committed to producing social workers who possess excellent skills and knowledge to practice within a variety of contexts, from clinical counseling to community-based and macro level settings. As part of an internationally recognized institution, Boston University, the School actively seeks to address urban problems and alleviate the suffering of marginalized populations. www.bu.edu/ssw
About the Boston University Office of Distance Education
The office of Distance Education works with Boston University schools and colleges to develop rigorous, industry-relevant graduate programs that are fully online. Flexible and affordable, Boston University’s acclaimed online degree and certificate programs are team-developed by full-time faculty, instructional designers, and expert multimedia professionals, providing a state-of-the-art, accessible digital learning environment distinguished by individualized support for each student. For information about online programs at Boston University, visit www.bu.edu/online.
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. www.usdla.org
Did You Miss Dr. Donald Berwick at the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health? Catch the Video Here.
On April 12, 2014, the Boston University School of Social Work hosted the third annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health. The annual symposium honors the vision of Hubie Jones, dean emeritus of the School, who inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure, and who continues to influence and define Boston’s social and civic landscape.
This year’s guest speaker was former administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP. Dr. Berwick discussed the urgency and possibility of changing healthcare in America to achieve better care, better health and lower cost through improvement.
Through an emotional story of his patient, Isaiah, Dr. Berwick discussed the current shortcomings of America’s healthcare. He noted three integral characteristics that need embracing: improved care, a broader support for comprehensive care, and a reallocation of resources to other social needs. The entire lecture, including the question and answer period with the audience, is available below or can be viewed here on BUniverse.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Research on integrating addiction, mental health and medical care services,” and posters, oral presentations and symposia are now being accepted.
The conference will be held in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, at the Hyatt Boston Harbor on October 15-17, 2014.
To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit the AHSR 2014 website: http://sites.bu.edu/ahsr2014/.
On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson committed the nation to an unconditional war on poverty. “It will not be a short or easy struggle,” Johnson said, “but we shall not rest until that war is won.” Johnson aimed to cure and prevent poverty. “The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it,” he professed. As commentary and criticisms commenced during the War on Poverty’s 50th anniversary, Boston University School of Social Work Professor Robert B. Hudson weighs in on the war’s outcomes.
“Assessing the degree to which ‘the war’ was won or lost comes down to determining which so called war we’re talking about, and how to measure the results,” Hudson explained. Johnson’s war focused almost exclusively on the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA), a program that reached a high level of funding in 1968 with $2 billion, compared to Social Security’s $30 billion at the same time.
Today’s retrospectives address the various actions taken by the federal government to battle poverty, efforts that are far broader than those in the 1960s. “Much of the debate on their effectiveness centers on measurement issues,” Hudson said. A recent study by Columbia University researchers found that inclusion of government transfer benefits in the poverty measurement, which official calculations omit, led to a significant poverty reduction. However, “the 40 million people still battling poverty question the meaning of that success,” Hudson explained.
The mixed antipoverty results cannot ignore the remarkable drop in poverty rates among people 65 and older. Dropping from 39% in 1959 to 9% today, due in large part to Social Security, “represents America’s most successful poverty reduction intervention,” Hudson said. “It speaks to both the policy and political accomplishments that can be brought about through targeted universal and non-means-tested programming.”
Hudson’s full BU Today editorial can be found here.
(The following excerpt is from an article in BU Today by Rich Barlow)
The doctor—and social worker—will see you now. Social workers play a critical role in health care, and an anonymous $12.5 million gift will create a new BU center melding social work and public health science to improve care here and around the globe.
The Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH) will be sited on the Medical Campus as part of the School of Social Work and will partner with BU’s Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD). It will “engage a wide group of scholars across the health professions around workable and cost-effective models that serve the broad health needs of people in the United States and abroad,” says Gail Steketee, a professor and dean of SSW.
Preventive medicine requires attention to influences on health like families and neighborhood circumstances, says Steketee, and “social workers understand the large picture of people’s lives—what drags down people’s health and what improves it.”
To read more about the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH), please visit BU Today.
Today, an article titled, “Hubie Jones On the Record,” was published in the Boston Globe. The piece highlighted SSW Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones as a civic activist and educator, and prominently featured the oral history project begun by Clinical Professor Betty J. Ruth and Associate Dean for Enrollment Services & External Relations Ken Schulman. To read the full article, click here. See an excerpt about the project below:
“The bottom line is he started or cofounded more than two dozen organizations himself, and they’re all still doing well,” said Betty J. Ruth, a Boston University social work professor who, along with her husband, Ken Schulman, has commissioned the oral history of Jones’s life.
Ruth and Schulman have no firm plans yet for Jones’s recordings, other than turning them into a written record of his life at some point. “Hubie’s impact has been profound, both within social work and beyond, and while he’s gotten some recognition for his work,” Ruth said, “I’m not sure anyone has unpacked the specific ingredients that made his leadership so successful and transformative.”
President Obama Announces BUSSW Alum Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). A leading HIV/AIDS policy expert, Douglas most recently served as Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI). As the Director of ONAP, he will lead the Administration’s work to reduce new HIV infections, improve health outcomes for people living with HIV, and eliminate HIV health disparities in the United States.
“Douglas’s policy expertise combined with his extensive experience working in the community makes him uniquely suited to the task of helping to achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation, which is within our reach,” President Obama said. “I look forward to having him lead our efforts from the White House.”
A component of the White House Domestic Policy Council, ONAP coordinates the ongoing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV Care Continuum initiative, while working together with public and private partners to advance the federal response to HIV/AIDS. ONAP also works with the White House National Security Council, the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and international bodies to ensure that America’s response to the global pandemic is fully integrated with prevention, care, and treatment efforts around the world. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, the U.S. has made enormous progress in responding to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, working with countries heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS to help expand access to treatment, care, and prevention.
Brooks, a person living with HIV, was most recently the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at JRI, a health and human service agency based in Boston. He served as executive director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center at JRI, has managed programs in urban and rural environments and has served as a consultant to domestic and international governments and non-governmental organizations assisting their efforts to serve populations living with and at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC.
In 2010, Brooks was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and served as its liaison to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee and successfully led those bodies to achieve the tasks assigned to them in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. He has directly managed federally funded programs, meeting or exceeding targets for Ryan White projects, CDC Prevention for African American/Black youth, a HRSA Special Project of National Significance (SPNS), and a HOPWA SPNS. Brooks received a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and is a licensed clinical social worker.
Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work Edited by Faculty Member Dawn Belkin Martinez
The Boston University School of Social Work is thrilled to congratulate Dr. Dawn Belkin Martinez on the recently published textbook “Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work.” The practical text, co-edited by Martinez, is designed to help social workers incorporate social justice into their clinical work. The text discusses specific population groups and individual case studies, including LGBT communities, mental health illness, violence, addiction, health, and working with ethnic minorities. With case studies, experiential exercises and role plays, readers gain clear and focused ways to integrate liberation health theory into their ongoing work.
Martinez is a half-time faculty member in the Clinical Department at the Boston University School of Social Work as well as a clinical social worker at Boston University Student Health Services. She has extensive experience working with immigrant families and adolescents experiencing new transitions.
To find more information about or purchase “Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work” please click here.
“’Deeper Roots’ means deeper knowledge. It is the result of my journey of discovery”
The School of Social Work is pleased to announce a reception, reading and book signing with author, educator and social activist Katherine Butler Jones. The event will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in SSW Conant Lounge, 264 Bay State Road, Boston. (Dr. Jones is the wife of Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones.)
A vivid, captivating storyteller, Dr. Jones will be reading from her new memoir, Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey. Inspired by her great grandparents’ marriage certificate, Dr. Butler Jones’ memoir traces her family’s ancestry. Connecting each tale with a historical lesson, Dr. Butler Jones emphasizes the importance of knowing one’s history and connecting to the larger world.
“We are honored to host Dr. Jones, a dear friend of the School of Social Work,” said Boston University’s School of Social Work’s Dean Gail Steketee, PhD. “Her thoughtful and compelling work is inspirational and informative.”
For more information about Dr. Butler Jones and a Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey excerpt, please visit http://katherinebutlerjones.com/. The reception is a complimentary event. Space is limited; advanced registration is recommended. Please RSVP by March 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call 617-353-3750.
Dr. Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to discuss healthcare reform and social justice
BOSTON (Feb. 14, 2014) —The Boston University School of Social Work is pleased to announce Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as the guest speaker for the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health on April 12, 2014. The lecture will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101, at 565 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Mass.
Dr. Berwick, co-founder, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has consistently been named one of the top influential healthcare leaders in the country. In his lecture, Dr. Berwick will explore the urgency— and possibility—of changing healthcare in America to achieve better care, better health and lower cost through improvement.
The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues in the urban context, featuring prominent national and international leaders at the intersection of health and social justice. The series honors the vision of Hubie Jones, dean emeritus of Boston University’s School of Social Work, who inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure and who continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder, and advocate.
“With his vast portfolio, Dr. Berwick is a leading exponent on the quality and improvement of this nation’s healthcare,” said Boston University’s School of Social Work’s Dean Gail Steketee. “He exemplifies the expertise and passion that the Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health was designed to honor, and we are excited to feature him in this year’s lecture.”
In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until Dec. 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served as clinical professor of pediatrics and healthcare policy at the Harvard Medical School, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first “Independent Member” of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM’s governing Council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England, the highest honor awarded by the UK to non-British subjects, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and four books. He also serves now as lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.
While this event is complimentary, advanced registration is requested. ASL interpretation provided. Guests can register at https://secure-alumni.bu.edu/olc/pub/BUAR/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=167426.