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AHSR Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open!

April 24th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases


Registration is now open for the 2014 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference and abstract submission is now available. 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/.

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President Obama Announces BUSSW Alum Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

March 24th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

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.

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Boston University to Host Reception and Reading with Author Katherine Butler Jones

February 25th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

“’Deeper Roots’ means deeper knowledge. It is the result of my journey of discovery” 

Katherine Butler Jones

Deeper Roots: An American Odyssey

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 sswrsvp@bu.edu. For more information, please call 617-353-3750.

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Boston University Presents the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health

February 14th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

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.

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Times Higher Education Puts BU 22nd of Top 100 Health, Clinical Programs Worldwide

November 13th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

For the second year in a row, BU’s health and medical education programs have been named among the top 100 worldwide in the 2013–2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, conducted by Thomson Reuters. The influential survey ranked BU 22nd for clinical, preclinical, and health programs, an advancement from 29th place last year.

The ranking applies to the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, and the School of Social Work, according to Thomson Reuters.

The Times Higher Education (formerly part of the Times of London) uses 13 criteria to compile the ratings. The criteria are grouped in five areas—teaching, international outlook, research, research income from industry, and citations of faculty research. The rankings examine research influence by tracking the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. This year Thomson Reuters examined more than 50 million citations to 6 million journal articles published over five years in assembling the rankings, according to the Times website.

(via BU Today – see the full article here.)

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A Conversation on Community Organizing: Alumnus Greg Rosenberg Discusses His Work in Community Land Trusts

August 12th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

We recently sat down with alumnus Greg Rosenberg (SSW ’85) to learn more about his work in community organizing. See what he had to say…

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I graduated from the School of Social Work in 1985 with a degree in Community Organizing, Management and Planning (COMP), with a minor in group work. I became attracted to the notion of working to change underlying social problems instead of assisting people in being better able to accommodate existing conditions. I didn’t want to be a Band-Aid, I wanted to be part of the solution. Dean Hubie Jones was a huge inspiration. My second year, I gave a speech at a student assembly about the need to improve the quality of instruction at BUSSW. Instead of reprimanding me for criticizing for his school, Dean Jones told me that I would have to do a lot better than that if I was going to be an effective community organizer. He was right, of course, and he won me over immediately. He taught me that fiery speeches without any strategy for moving things forward were empty gestures. He said real change takes time and hard work.

For more than 25 years, I have been involved in housing-related issues, albeit with a few detours. I started as an organizer in a Hyde Park neighborhood that had been torn apart by blockbusting, and I went on to spend the next eight years of my life doing civil rights-related work, primarily focusing on fair housing. Next, I went to law school to add some more tools to my toolkit, and became deeply interested in the nexus between mental health and criminal justice. I worked for a few years as an attorney representing forensic mental health patients. After a few unexpected twists and turns, including running a Braille translation software company, I found the work that has occupied me for the past 11 years—community land trusts. A community land trust is a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces, and other community assets on behalf of a community. “CLTs” balance the needs of individuals to access land and maintain security of tenure with a community’s need to maintain affordability, economic diversity and local access to essential services.

I was the executive director of the Madison Area Community Land Trust for nearly 10 years. As part of that work, I was the developer of Troy Gardens, a 31-acre project which includes a working farm, restored prairie, community gardens, nature trails, and a 30-unit mixed-income co-housing community—all right in the city. Though all we were trying to do at the time was implement the hopes and dreams of a neighborhood, we ended up with a project that has gotten an enormous amount of attention across the U.S., and internationally as well. While I was working on Troy Gardens, I was also deeply involved in the founding of the National Community Land Trust Network. In 2010, I went to work for them as their first academy director, running national education and research programs. Recently, I joined the world of consulting (Rosenberg and Associates), and have been involved in a wide variety of projects, including mentoring, strategic planning, website design, software development, curriculum development, teaching, and research. The most exciting project I’ve been involved in lately has been my work with the East London Community Land Trust, centering around the development of a community land trust on the London Olympic Park site.

Can you tell us about your work in London?
My work with Troy Gardens put me in conversations with people around the world, including Dave Smith at the East London Community Land Trust (CLT). He was inspired by that project, and was interested in learning how to apply some of the lessons we learned to his work in East London because Troy Gardens was based on a long-term community organizing effort. Every year, he brings over a speaker for his annual meeting, who also meets with various government officials to promote the community land trust model. They brought me over this past August to give a speech about developing a community land trust at the Olympic Park, and also to meet with lots of folks, including members of the London city council and the head of real estate development for the Olympic site. The East London CLT was established by London Citizens, who do really effective community organizing work all around London, and in other parts of the U.K. It was great to see the connection between organizing and housing, because I believe that a big part of the “community” in community land trusts is community organizing.

What are some of the challenges you have faced?
It was difficult to sort out ideas for a community land trust at the Olympic Park without ever having visited the site, and without having a clear sense of the surrounding neighborhood. I read everything I could about it, and also did research on the impact past Olympics have had on the neighborhoods in which they are located. The Summer Olympics are often located in low-income neighborhoods, which results in the displacement of a lot of folks and the hyperinflation of housing prices. The Olympics were great for London, but they were rough for East London.

What has been the best part of your experience working on this project?
I was pretty nervous going into this trip, because they were talking me up as a very impressive expert from America, and I wanted to do my best to live up to the reputation. Once I got there, I got engaged in the work, and had great meetings with some really interesting people. My speech went well, but at the time I thought I bombed because the audience was so quiet—it turns out that is just the nature of English audiences, and they were appreciative of my comments. Of course, it was great to spend a week in London. It is truly one of the world’s great cities, though the hyperinflation of housing prices is really having a devastating effect on many thousands of residents.

Do you see any differences between U.S. and London in how they organize communities?
London Citizens uses an Alinsky-based organizing model, so they were very much inspired by the U.S. community organizing movement. They are all about organizing to build power—and then presenting workable solutions to pressing issues. It is one area where there seems to be a lot of commonality.

What are the future goals for this project?
Since I’ve been back, I’ve been organizing international support for a community land trust at the Olympic Park. We’re putting together letters from people around the world that will be bundled together and presented to London Mayor Boris Johnson in December. We’re going to keep pushing at it until there is a firm commitment for a community land trust at the Olympic Park, in particular one that will be done the “right way”, so it can be an inspiration to other communities around the world.

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USA Today : Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents (Featuring Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller)

April 2nd, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller was quoted in a March 25 USA Today article titled, “Each family dinner adds up to benefits for adolescents.” Assistant Professor Miller discussed his recent research on family meals that found “no association” with improved child outcomes. “Family meals might just be part of a whole lot of activities that families engage in that are good for their kids,” Miller says. “It might look like it’s family meals that matter.”

Read the full article here.

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The School of Social Work Announces the Second Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health

February 25th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

Dr. Adewale Troutman

Dr. Adewale Troutman

Wrapping up the month of Global Days of Service 2013, the Boston University School of Social Work is proud to announce the Second Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health, featuring human rights, health equity, social justice activist and President of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Adewale Troutman.

Date/Time: April 27, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave.
Price: While this event is complimentary, advance registration is recommended as space is limited.

Dr. Troutman has over 40 years of dedicated practice through action to the principles of universal freedoms and the elimination of racism, injustice and oppression. His experience includes special consultancies with the World Health Organization in Thailand and Japan, health assessment missions in Angola, Jamaica and Zaire, and training in India and Austria. His commitment to justice has evolved into his nationally recognized efforts to create health equity and the supremacy of the social determinants of health, the founding of the first Center for Health Equity at a local health department, and the creation of the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement. He is also credited with the passage of one of the strongest anti-smoking ordinances in the country.

His unique educational background has been a major factor in the quest to eliminate racism and injustice – Dr. Troutman has a Doctor of Medicine from New Jersey Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, a Masters in Black Studies from the State University of New York in Albany, and board certification from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. His career has included clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration, academic, and public health practice. He served as an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health & Information Sciences while directing the Metro-Louisville Department of Public Health & Wellness.

Dr. Troutman has had multiple publications including What if We Were Equal? co-authored with former Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. David Satcher; and numerous awards and recognitions. He is featured in the nationally televised PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Dr. Troutman also serves on a variety of boards including the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Health & Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health Promotion Disease & the Committee on Infant Mortality, the Board of Directors of Public Health Law and Policy, the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the African American Heritage Center and is an active member of the Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) and he has also served as a former BCHW President.

To register for the event, visit the Boston University 2013 Global Day of Service website.

Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones

Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones

The lecture is a part of the School of Social Work’s annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health. The lecture series is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues distinct to the urban context featuring prominent national and international leaders toiling 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.

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BUSSW Recognizes Recent Faculty Accomplishments and Research

February 7th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Professor Amodeo and Clinical Associate Professor López Co-Author Chapter
Professor Maryann Amodeo and Clinical Associate Professor Luz Marilis López co-authored a chapter titled, “Making Effective Referrals to Alcoholics Anonymous and Other 12-Step Programs,” for the text, “Addressing unhealthy alcohol use in primary care,” edited by Richard Saitz, M.D., Boston University School of Medicine. The text is directed to physicians who often do not assess for or address unhealthy drinking among their patients. The book is now published and available at as both an e-book and print version.

Associate Professors DeVoe and Paris Invited to Present in Rhode Island
Associate Professors Ellen DeVoe and Ruth Paris will give a presentation titled, “Addressing the mental health needs of military families,at a conference sponsored by Butler Hospital and Family Services of Rhode Island, on March 1, 2013, in Providence, RI.

Assistant Professor Ha Has Article Published
Assistant Professor Yoonsook Ha, along with Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, had an article published in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services. Titled, “Are Strong Work-First Welfare Policies Aligned With Generous Child Care Provisions? What States Are Doing and the Implications for Social Work,” the article examined the intensity of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TAN F) work requirements and generosity of child care subsidy provisions across states, and the interaction of the two programs. The article discusses the implications for families, policy, and social work practice in light of the authors’ findings, which suggest that states with stringent work requirements do not typically provide generous child care subsidies. The article is available online.

Assistant Professor Miller Has Article Published
Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller, along with Ronald B. Mincy, Columbia University, had an article published in Social Service Review. The article, “Falling Further Behind? Child Support Arrears and Fathers’ Labor Force Participation,” examines how child support arrears affect fathers’ labor force participation. Relying on longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study, the study suggests that child support arrears result in declines in average weeks worked in the formal labor market in subsequent time periods. These findings are driven by the behaviors of fathers who had relatively high amounts of arrears and no income in the previous year and are mostly robust to tests for selection into no work or low levels of work by fathers. Findings also suggest that arrears obligations that are low relative to income result in increases in the probability that fathers engage in any formal work. Arrears are not statistically significantly related to informal labor force participation. This study highlights both intended and unintended consequences of the growth in arrears under current child support enforcement policies.

Associate Professor Paris to Present in Tel-Aviv, Israel
Associate Professor Ruth Paris will be a visiting scholar at Bar-Ilan Univeristy, Louis and Gabi Weisfeld  School of Social Work, in Tel- Aviv, Israel, in March. She will also present at the following conferences this spring:

  • Paris, R., Schottenfeld, L.*, & Mittal, G.* (2013, April). Enhancing substance abuse treatment for mothers with an Attachment-based parenting intervention. Paper presentation as part of symposium at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

She gave the following paper presentation in January:

  • Paris, R., Schottenfeld, L.*, & Mittal, G.* (2013, January). Substance using mothers and parenting: Adapting an evidence-based model. Paper presentation as part of symposium, Interventions in the real world: A lot at stake, at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

*Lisa Schottenfeld, MSW, MPH, and Gina Mittal, MSW, are SSW alumni.

Clinical Associate Professor Ruth Co-Authors Chapter in Handbook
Clinical Associate Professor Betty J. Ruth co-authored the final chapter in the Handbook for Public Health Social Work. The handbook, written and edited by respected leaders of the Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), describes the rapidly expanding roles of public health social workers as these two disciplines continue to join forces.

Associate Professor Spencer Participates in Discussion With Corporate Funders and Philanthropists; Doctoral Student Presents at National Mentoring Summit
Associate Professor Renée Spencer provided evidentiary support and information on the leading findings on mentoring’s impact at the Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership Exchange, during the third annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C. Co-hosted by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, this interactive discussion aimed to identify action steps to advance the research-proven impact of mentoring in helping young people find success at school, home and the workforce.

Additionally, Dr. Spencer participated on an invited panel of researchers at the 2013 National Mentoring Summit. She presented findings from her work on youth-initiated mentoring relationships established through the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program, which was done in collaboration with the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at UMass Boston. Two BUSSW doctoral students, Toni Tugenberg and Mia Ocean, also participated in this research. During the Summit,  doctoral student Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico presented a workshop to more than 80 attendees. The workshop was called Family Involvement in Youth Mentoring and highlighted some of the findings from Antoinette’s dissertation.


Professor Melvin Delgado Authors Book Titled, “Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice”

February 7th, 2013 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

Melvin Delgado, PhD, professor and chair of Macro Practice at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW), recently authored the book, Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice, along with Denise Humm-Delgado, PhD, associate professor, Simmons College School of Social Work. In the book, Professor Delgado explores the role of assessment as a foundation in health and social services, particularly toward social intervention.

The 288-page book Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice was released in December 2012 by publisher Oxford University Press and is available on Amazon. Oxford University Press issued the following description for the publication:

The role and importance of assessment in development of health and social services are well accepted in the field, and represent the fundamental building blocks for the creation of any form of social intervention. Need assessments are, without question, the most common form of assessment in these fields. They typically, however, result in a rather narrow view of a community that stresses disease risk profiles and lists of various social problem categories. Nevertheless, unlike needs assessments, asset assessments bring a range of factors and considerations to the creation of an intervention that are guided by participatory democratic principles and processes. Although need assessments can also be guided by participatory principles, they generally are professionally-driven and do not stress capacity enhancement in the process. Asset assessments’ emphasis on participatory democracy sufficiently distance themselves from their needs counterpart through the use of values, language used to communicate, and how research methods get conceptualized and carried out. Community asset assessments can be viewed as a goal; a strategy; a set of guiding principles; a method; and a process. These different perspectives make a consensus definition of a capital difficult to arrive at in both scholarly and practice realms. Consequently, it is best to view asset assessments from an evolutionary point of view in order to appreciate the variety of perspectives, tensions, and potential for achieving positive social change. In essence asset assessments are both an instrument of discovery as well as an intervention to achieve community change.

An important member of the Boston University School of Social Work community, Professor Delgado was awarded the BUSSW Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Outstanding Contribution to the BSSW Alumni Award in 1996. Professor Delgado is particularly interested in youth development-youth led research and macro-practice, community-capacity enhancement, and non-traditional urban settings. He is also the co-director of the Center for Addiction Research and Services (CARS).

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