BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA Celebrate Marylou Sudders (’78), Massachusetts’ New Secretary of Health and Human Services
“We are delighted to have her intelligence, knowledge, practicality, and strong leadership in this area of extreme importance in the Commonwealth,” Dean Gail Steketee told an audience of approximately 200 on Tuesday, March 24, as she kicked off an afternoon celebration in honor of Marylou Sudders (’78), Governor Baker’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The event was co-hosted by BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA and brought together social workers from all across New England to celebrate a leader in the field. The reception took place at the Massachusetts State House Flag Hall.
Governor Charles Baker, State Senator of Massachusetts Karen E. Spilka, BC School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, Executive Director of NASW, Massachusetts Chapter Carol J. Trust, NASW, and Chief Executive Officer of NASW Angelo McClain also spoke to Sudders’ lifetime dedication to public service.
Dean Steketee said Sudders’ appointment is a timely one. “Our own school is about to launch its Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. We are particularly interested in drawing together experts in health throughout the [Boston] area as well as the nation. I am hopeful that Marylou will contribute some of her expertise as its needed in the future.”
Governor Baker told the audience he “couldn’t imagine picking anyone else” for the position. Sudders is charged with overseeing the largest executive agency in state government and a $19.4 billion budget. “She’s born for this job. And if she wasn’t born for it, she made herself the right person for this job over the course of her career.”
“One of the things I admire most about social workers is their ability to solve really complicated problems that present themselves almost on a daily basis,” Governor Baker said. “That’s one of the things I love most about Marylou… she’s a spectacular problem solver.”
Sudders earned her MSW at Boston University School of Social Work in 1978. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission for her behavioral health expertise. She has also served as Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College School of Social Work, where she will continue to serve as a visiting professor.
“If somebody had said to me in 1976 when I entered the School of Social Work that I might be a public official, a Commissioner of Mental Health, and a cabinet Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, I would have said ‘I don’t think so,’” Sudders said. “But what I’ve always said to students is the thing about social work is it opens any door that you want to run through, it is our inhibitions that prevent us from running through those doors. There is no greater education than a social work education to open up a wealth of opportunities for us. I would expect in ten years that there shouldn’t just be a one Marylou Sudders, but we should be populating as cabinet secretaries all across the country.”
Sudders is currently an associate professor of health and mental health at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. She graduated BU School of Social Work. Sudders previously served as commissioner of mental health under Republican Govs. William Weld, Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift from 1996 until 2003.
To read the complete press release by the State House, click here.
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.
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.)
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.