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Mary Elizabeth Collins: Building a Sustained Commitment to Children

July 7th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

On June 25, VTDigger featured commentary by Boston University School of Social Work Professor and Department of Social Welfare Policy Chair Mary Elizabeth Collins, Ph. D. In the article, Collins discusses the need for a sustained commitment to children.

“Protecting children and supporting families challenges each of our states’ child welfare systems,” Collins says. “The challenge is also shared internationally with those countries that have developed professional social service systems.”

While modest solutions are available, Collins calls for a reorientation to the work of child protection — “one that aims for a commitment to anti-poverty interventions, opportunities for families to gain an economic foothold, and mending of the social safety net.”

“A more fundamental reorientation to the work might include the adoption of a children’s rights framework to guide our policy response,” Collins says, as nearly all countries of the world are adhere to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. “Children and youth would have an entitlement to the needed services and supports to obtain safety, permanency and well-being – the three outcomes that are currently the focus of U.S. child welfare policy.”

“The moral commitment needs to be shared amongst the people of each community, state and the nation as a whole,” Collins says about the responsibility of child protection. “There is much in the larger context that must be shared by political leaders, universities, public and private agencies, faith communities, business and the citizenry in order to move toward effective and sustained change.”

Collins’ full commentary is featured on the VTDigger website.

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AHSR Registration Now Open!

May 1st, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

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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/.

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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 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

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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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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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“LGBT Seniors, Invisible No More,” Article Highlights the Work of Professor Hudson

May 25th, 2012 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

A May 25 article published in BU Today explores the current discrimination and legal inequalities surrounding health and healthcare of LGBT seniors. Professor and Chair of Social Welfare Policy Robert B. Hudson was interviewed extensively in the piece titled, “LGBT Seniors, Invisible No More,” about his research on the issue. To read the full article, visit the BU Today website.

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Alumni and Current Students Educate the Next Generation of Social Workers on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

February 17th, 2012 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

On February 6th, social work graduate students from Boston University, Salem State, Boston College, Simmons College and Wheelock gathered to educate the next generation of social workers on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). The event was hosted and presented by My Life My Choice director and BUSSW alumna, Lisa Goldblatt-Grace (SSW ’96), and Action Team members from each of the schools of social work. The event included Survivor testimony and focused on increasing participants’ knowledge of how to help at-risk youth avoid and/or exit prostitution. Over 120 people from the five schools attended the event.

If you have any interest in joining the My Life My Choice Action Team, please contact Krista Andberg via email at kandberg@jri.org. BU School of Social Work Action Team members were first year students Serena Smith-Patten and Keri Barrow.

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Professor Robert B. Hudson Serves as Lead Witness Before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging

January 4th, 2012 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

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Professor Hudson (centered) speaks at a forum before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging

Professor and Chair of the Social Welfare Policy Department Robert B. Hudson was the lead witness at a forum before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C., on December 14, 2011.  The forum, “The Potential for an Aging Society,” was held to honor the 50th anniversary of the Committee’s creation in 1961. Also testifying were Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging; Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, Department of Health and Human Services; and  John W. Rowe, director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society.

The forum was followed by a reception sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America attended by some 200 people, including numerous past chairs and staff directors of the Committee.  The current issue of Public Policy & Aging Report, which Professor Hudson edits, features articles by Professor Hudson and MacArthur Network scholars.

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