The Boston Globe article “Where the TV shows get it wrong on hoarding,” published on November 1, 2016, mentions BUSSW Dean and Professor Gail Steketee for her expertise on the subject and her help in launching a novel hoarding intervention program with Jesse Edsell-Vetter at Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership.
“It has been a wonderful experience for me and my research colleagues to work with such outstanding community partners as Jesse Edsell-Vetter and his MBHP collaborators. His team has worked hard to develop and provide effective evidence based intervention for hoarding problems. It has been my pleasure to assist them in their work,” Dean Steketee said.
We surveyed the BUSSW community on our Facebook page asking for the best book they read this summer. Here are some of their responses!
On Fire by John O’Leary: “Life changing!” – Heather Arsenault (’08)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Phenomenal book. Should be required reading for social workers:” – Nanci Ginty Butler (’01)
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay: “Compelling stories, humor, and contemporary content.” – Jaime Lederer (’08)
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty: “It was excellent!” – Emily Mayberry Widor (’17)
During the 2016 Boston University Alumni Weekend, the School of Social Work held its annual Alumni Association Awards ceremony. On the evening of October 1, 2016, nearly 90 members of BUSSW family, friends, faculty, alumni, colleagues, and peers gathered in the Photonics Center for a celebration of passion and service in the field of social work. The awardees were introduced by BU School of Social Work Dean Gail Steketee and the Alumni Association President Cate Johnston (’12).
“My mother [Meredith] is a pioneer in the profession of geriatric care management. She cares for everyone in all of the systems they interact with.”
– Rebecca Minor (’15), on her mother, Meredith Patterson (’82)
“Katherine epitomizes public health social work. I admire her professionalism, poise, and her sharp ability to read people and systems.”
– Madi Wachman (’14, SPH’15), Program Manager for the BU School of Social Work Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, on Katherine Ginnis (’98, SPH’08)
“Vicki is known throughout Buffalo for her efforts to build peace, decrease violence, and stomp out hate.”
– Rolanda Ward (’97, STH’02, GRS’09) on Victoria Ross (’96)
“Luz is a gift to our school.”
– Betty J. Ruth (’84, SPH’85), professor and Director of the MSW/MPH Program, on Luz Lopez
Outstanding Career in Social Work
Meredith Patterson (’82)
Founder and Owner,
ElderCare Consultants of Choice, LLC
Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Social Work
Katherine Ginnis (’98, SPH’08)
Director of Behavioral Health Policy,
Boston Children’s Hospital
Hubie Jones Urban Service Award
Victoria Ross (’96)
Executive Director, WNY Peace Center
Outstanding Contributions to the School of Social Work
Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Practice; Associate Director, MSW/MPH Program, BUSSW
The Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH) has had a very exciting year, and is in the process of planning to ensure the successful trend continue and to help the Center meet its mission of expanding the impact of social work in health care, public health, and global health in order to reduce health costs, improve outcomes, and promote population health and health equity.
Dr. Sally Bachman—the Center’s Interim Director—has formed a strategic thinking group of key BU School of Social Work stakeholders to begin the first steps in the planning process. This process will lay the foundation for the long-term success of the CISWH in meeting its mission.
The Center’s seven Learning Communities are currently in the process of completing a special issue of The American Journal of Public Health, set to publish this fall. This series of papers showcases the transdisciplinary work of the Center’s Learning Communities over the past year in the areas of health equity, community health, global health, policy, health reform, behavioral health, and advancing social work education in health.
In addition, several research grants have recently been received through the CISWH. Professor Geoff Wilkinson received a $125,000 grant from the Sanofi Foundation to support development of a national Community Health Worker association. In partnership with the BU Medical School, professors Luz Lopez, Betty Ruth, and Janice Furlong have received HRSA grants. Professors Luz Lopez and Betty Ruth’s grant will be focused on designing, developing, and implementing an interprofessional curriculum on healthcare innovation. Professor Furlong will be working on a grant received by BU Medical School focused on establishing interprofessional primary care internships in 5 health centers: Codman Square, South Boston, East Boston, Roslindale, and within BMC for medical and physician assistant students, SAR dietician students, and MSW students. Dr. Bachman has also been awarded a $6M HRSA 3-year grant through the School of Public Health, to improve access to care for people living with HIV through the use of Community Health Workers. SSW faculty and staff are included in this effort.
There are several additional initiatives underway, including the creation of innovative and transdisciplinary field internships focused on the social determinants of health by the Center in partnership with the Field Education Department.
It promises to be a busy fall for the CISWH, stay tuned for details on future CISWH-sponsored events.
On Monday, August 15, the BU School of Social Work (BUSSW) Field Education Department hosted a welcome breakfast for field instructors and advisors who will be supervising students in their placements this year. Around 60 individuals from the 200 active agencies this year gathered in the Colloquium Room on the 9th floor of the Photonics Center.
Assistant Dean for Field Education Trudy Zimmerman, who introduced the event, welcomed the group to participate in a morning of collaboration and discussion about creating successful field work environments and relationships that will be mutually beneficial for the students and placement organizations.
Following a short video simulating an initial meeting between student and instructor, produced by the field education department and featuring current student Tracy Guzman and Associate Director of Field Education Judith Perlstein, the two led a Q&A. The morning concluded with a PowerPoint presentation introducing the 9 new CSWE competencies and the model of Holistic Competence as well as roundtable discussions by new, experienced, and macro field instructors, advisors, and the field education staff.
According to a story published in The Dallas Morning News on August 2, 2016, almost 50 million Americans, including 15 million children, live in food insecure households. A study, published in the International Journal of Research and Public Health, by Assistant Professor of Human Behavior, Christopher Salas-Wright, the author, and colleagues examines the link between childhood hunger and interpersonal violence.
Korea Daily: “Black lives matter to us, too.” Nalim (Jasmin) Choi (’17, SPH ’18) participates in “Letters for Black Lives” Project
Nalim (Jasmin) Choi (’17, SPH’18) spoke with Korean-American newspaper, Korea Daily, about her participation in “Letters for Black Lives,” a movement among the AAPI community to write letters for their parents (first generation immigrants) to increase awareness around anti-Blackness and structural racism.
Below, find the English translation of the original article, posted on July 11, 2016:
Many Korean and other Asian young adults have spoken in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter movement.
With the recent shootings of Dallas police officers, the police brutality against Black community has been gaining more attention especially through the Black Lives Matter movement. This Black civil rights project gained more support since the Ferguson protests, where the participants have demonstrated against the death of African Americans by police shooting.
From the Asian community, many joined this new project, “Letters for Black Lives” to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. These Asian young adults are strongly urging their parents to join the movement, like how the Black Americans are uniting under the movement. This project first launched on July 8. The letter calls for solidarity from their parents and older relatives (many of whom are 1st Generation Asian Americans) by stating that “Black lives matter to us, too.”
In addition to the original English version, the letter has been translated into Korean and other 24 languages. These letters were published on July 10.In translating the letter, about 200 volunteers were crowdsourced; about 40 of them are Korean.
Nalim Choi (28), a Graduate Student in Boston University and a volunteer of the project said “there still are implicit biases, stereotypes, and discrimination against Black Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities in the Korean community in the U.S.. We are trying to help our parents generation understand the BLM movement, reflect back on discrimination, and increase their racial awareness towards other minorities.” She added that “there is a second letter in the making to cover the 4.29 LA riots, the rights all minorities are able to enjoy due to Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, history of immigration of Korean communities in the U.S., Korean-Black relations, and race/ethnicity specific discrimination that different minority groups experience. Through these letters, we intend to engage a diverse array of communities, including Korean and Black communities, to understand each other and build unity among all.”
Today, first and foremost, we are grieving. We are grieving the losses of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We find ourselves confronted by these losses as we continue to struggle with our grief over the losses of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddy Gray, and countless other Black folks who have gone unnamed, whose stories have gone untold or been obscured from us. We are grieving the terrible violence that took these people from us and the terrible violence that continues to affect Black and Brown folks every day.
We see these acts of police brutality as firmly rooted in our country’s long historical legacy of racism, from settler colonialism, slavery, and segregation to mass incarceration, redlining, gentrification and racialized health disparity. At our supposedly neutral baseline, even as we make small movements to push the dial towards a more equitable future, this country’s history of violence towards people of color continues to haunt us all. To remain neutral in the face of injustice is taking the side of the oppressor; as social workers, we must not idly stand by and watch structural racism destroy the lives in our community. There is much work to be done.
- We must uncover, claim, and take accountability for our racist history, both individually and collectively.
- We must dismantle systemic oppression across race, gender, sex, ability, age, etc.
- We must remain creative and open in our approaches to change, and intentional in creating community that will propel us forward in these efforts.
- We must stay present and engaged in the larger movement.
- We must bear witness to the struggles of our communities, amplify the voices and stories of those silenced, and stand in solidarity against social injustices.
To our faculty, staff and administration, and colleagues this is our call to action — join us! We have work to do.
Student Organization Board of Directors
Boston University School of Social Work
President: Eunice Kwon
Secretary: Jasmin Choi
Treasurer: Tina DuBois
Social Workers for Action: April Tang
Students of Color: Nandini Choudhury
Unpacking Privilege: Nicole Brooks
Admissions and Financial Aid: Tina DuBois
Alumni Relations: Jasmin Choi
Curriculum: Laura Heller
Macro Practice: Nandini Choudhury and Tina DuBois
Self-Care and Wellbeing: Jaleesa Bell
Equity and Inclusion: Eunice Kwon
Assistant Professor Tom Byrne received a Special Recognition for his proposal, “Adapting Critical Time Intervention as a Scalable Solution to Crisis Homelessness” at the Pioneer Institute’s 25th annual Better Government Competition, which was held in June of this year. The Pioneer Institute is a non-partisan Boston-based public policy research institute.
Each year the Pioneer Institute hosts a gala recognizing the winner and finalists of the annual Better Government Competition. The 2016 contest explored improving quality and access to care for individuals living with mental illness, and received hundreds of submissions from throughout the country. Byrne’s proposal was one of four that was awarded a Special Recognition designation.
Byrne co-authored the proposal with Professor Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. The proposal focuses on utilizing evidence-based practices and an innovative financing model to scale-up programmatic responses intended to prevent and end homelessness.
Currently, Byrne told BU School of Social Work, there is great interest in an intervention known as permanent supportive housing, which combines subsidized housing and ongoing supportive services. The results are impressive. Such permanent supportive housing initiatives have “been linked with nationwide 22% and 35% declines in chronic and veteran homelessness, respectively, between 2009 and 2015.”
Byrne believes we need a “less resource intensive” but equally as effective model to tackle those impacted by “crisis” homeless, 85% of the current homeless population. Crisis homelessness is described a homeless episode trigged by an event such as eviction or transition out of foster care, prison, or inpatient hospitalization. Those experiencing crisis homelessness are likely to require only short-term financial and case management assistance to regain housing stability. An emerging program model known as “rapid re-housing” provides exactly this type of help. However, the availability of rapid re-housing is highly limited in most jurisdictions, placing many of those experiencing crisis homelessness at risk of becoming chronically homeless.
Byrne and his co-author propose leveraging an existing evidence-based intervention known as Critical Time Intervention to expand rapid re-housing efforts with funding from Medicaid. This intervention provides time-limited assistance and support (typically 9 months) and is designed to assist those with mental illness and complex social needs, such as homelessness.
Want to know more? Read the full proposal here.