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National AIDS Policy Director Keynotes AHSR Conference

November 6th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

Douglas Brooks 3On October 15, 2014, Douglas Brooks (’99), director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), returned to Boston to keynote the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, hosted by the Center for Addiction Research (CARS). The annual conference focuses on integrating addiction, mental health, and medical care services. President Barack Obama appointed Brooks to ONAP in March, 2014, after he spent 16 years at the Justice Resource Institute and was an active member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

In his presentation, Brooks discussed the vexing statistics about AIDS in the United States.  He also noted that women living with HIV in the United States suffer from PTSD, roughly 55 percent have encountered intimate partner violence, and their risk of dying from the disease is doubled. Further, the number of black women who die from HIV is greater than any other population group.

Brooks told AHSR’s 300-plus attendees that the president is “100 percent committed to HIV.” Since he has taken office, a three-pronged National HIV/AIDS Strategy has been implemented to decrease the number of new infections, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and increase access to health care for those with HIV.

This year, for the first time, the AHSR conference was organized by a social worker. With organizational help from the Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston University School of Public Health, the conference also addressed the mission of BUSSW’s newly endowed Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. Click here to read Leslie Friday’s full article, published in BU Today.

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BUSSW Seeking Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health

September 23rd, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

The Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health provides intellectual and administrative leadership of the newly endowed Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health and promotes excellence in all aspects of the Center’s mission, including research, education, and practice goals. S/he will lead the Center’s faculty and administrative staff, integrate Center activities with those of the School, and effectively communicate the vision and goals to constituencies within Boston University, as well as nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will have exceptional scholarly visibility nationally within the social work, health, and health economics research community, as well as demonstrated leadership and administrative experience in the health and health care arena at the local, state, national and international level.  The Director will have an excellent record of teaching and professional training at the graduate level and be committed to excellence in inter-professional and trans-disciplinary research, outcomes-oriented research, community partnerships, policy development, and education and training activities. The Director will be able to lead the Center in its mission to expand the impact of social work in health, public health, and global health in order to reduce health costs, improve outcomes and the patient experience, and promote population health and health equity nationally and globally.

Founded in 1919, the Boston University School of Social Work has over 700 students, 30 full time faculty, and over 8,000 alumni, creating a vibrant and active community. The School offers a PhD in Social Work, and the MSW degree in one of three program formats: on the Charles River Campus, in part-time satellite programs, and in a part-time fully online MSW program. In addition, the School has three dual degree programs with Public Health, Theology, and Education, and an active post-graduate professional education program.  The MSW/MPH program is the oldest and largest in the U.S. with 50 students enrolled at various phases and over 350 graduates. The diversity of dual degree offerings and collaborations with other BU professional programs (e.g., medicine, psychology) demonstrates the School’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to solving human problems. MSW graduates have over a 90% licensure pass rate and job employment rate, and the largest portion of PhD graduates secure positions in academia and research consulting.

Responsibilities:

  • Articulate and implement the vision and goals of the Center in collaboration with core and affiliated Center faculty and in concert with the SSW Dean; establish the Center as a major source of scientific advances and best practices in social work, health, public health, and health economics.
  • Promote the highest quality practice-based research and education/training within the Center.
  • Effectively communicate with a wide audience of interdisciplinary faculty researchers, practitioners, administrators, and community stakeholders.
  • Establish specific, measurable goals and performance expectations, and employ a systematic quality improvement process to ensure progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Empower, support, and inspire faculty and staff to achieve performance goals and objectives; model professional excellence.
  • Establish appropriate mechanisms to recruit, hire, support and retain highly qualified diverse faculty and staff; act to ensure their professional success, maximizing their ability to contribute to the mission and goals of the Center, the School and the University.
  • Motivate and facilitate trans-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration in research and education by Center faculty with other Schools and Colleges within and outside of the University.
  • Assist the Dean in fundraising for the Center to increase the endowment and operating funds.
  • Lead an effective Center faculty and administrative team.
  • Promote funded research activities under the Center’s auspices
  • Oversee effective utilization of financial resources, human resources, and physical infrastructure; creates a positive, diverse and inclusive work environment in which faculty and staff are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other School and University leaders, especially the School of Public Health, the Center for Global Health and Development, the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine.

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Academic credentials and an accomplished track record in social work and other health-related field(s) that merit appointment as a full professor in the School of Social Work with a joint appointment in another health-focused BU School/College (e.g., public health, medicine, allied health professions, management, engineering, economics)
  • An excellent record of federal and/or foundation funded research that is community health and/or practice focused; scholarly accomplishment and commitment to research, education and  service in a field appropriate for appointment as a full professor
  • Administrative experience, academic leadership, and a portfolio of professional successes indicating strong capabilities in strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, risk management, and related decision-making
  • Evidence of excellent relationships with national professional health and social work organizations that will support the Center’s mission and goals
  • Demonstrated proven ability to work collaboratively with leaders across social work and health-focused organizations, including exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent leadership skills including integrity, sense of professionalism, and sound judgment

Organization

The Center will be administered by the School of Social Work at Boston University, and the Director will report to the Dean. To maximize its trans-disciplinary and inter-professional opportunities in health, the Center will be located on the BU Medical campus in close proximity to the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Dental Medicine and the Center for Global Health and Development. Center faculty will include the Director and two or more core faculty members (to be hired) whose primary affiliation will be at the School of Social Work, as well as affiliated faculty members with primary affiliations in other BU Schools and Colleges (e.g., Public Health, Medicine, Management, Arts & Sciences).  Faculty from other institutions may become visiting faculty at the Center.

Boston University (BU) is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Chartered in 1869, the University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, enrolling over 33,000 students, including over 16,000 undergraduates, and employing nearly 4,000 faculty members across 16 schools and colleges.  Students pursue studies on the Charles River and Medical Campuses as well as study abroad programs in over 30 cities around the world.  BU’s growth over the last quarter century has been profound, as it evolved from a regional university to an internationally recognized, residential, research university with over $350 million in sponsored research in 2013.

Founded in 1919, the Boston University School of Social Work has over 700 students, 30 full time faculty, and over 8,000 alumni, creating a vibrant and active community. The School offers a PhD in Social Work, and the MSW degree in one of three program formats: on the Charles River Campus, in part-time satellite programs, and in a part-time fully online MSW program. In addition, the School has three dual degree programs with Public Health, Theology, and Education, and an active post-graduate professional education program.  The MSW/MPH program is the oldest and largest in the U.S. with 50 students enrolled at various phases and over 350 graduates. The diversity of dual degree offerings and collaborations with other BU professional programs (e.g., medicine, psychology) demonstrates the School’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to solving human problems. MSW graduates have over a 90% licensure pass rate and job employment rate, and the largest portion of PhD graduates secure positions in academia and research consulting.

Ranked 16th (8th percentile) among graduate schools of social work by U.S. News & World Report, the School boasts a growing research portfolio on topics ranging from Department of Defense funded projects on families of returning veterans who are parents of small children to community-based studies of addictions and health programs for diverse populations.  In fiscal 2013, research expenditures totaled over $3 million from sources including NIH, DoD, SAMHSA, HRSA, and private foundations.

Contact

Exceptional candidates are encouraged to submit a confidential letter of interest and resume to:

CISWH Search Advisory Committee

c/o Patty Frasso, Assistant to the Dean

Boston University School of Social Work

264 Bay State Rd.

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

pfrasso@bu.edu

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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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