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Fall Faculty Updates: Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones (SSW’57)

November 10th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

0522_city-year01-620x413Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones was honored on October 27 at the U. of Mass-Boston Beacon for Global Inclusion Awards Breakfast Ceremony. Jones was honored along with Oxfam America as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for U. of Mass-Boston.

Dean Emeritus Jones also received the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities at the JFK Library on November 9. The event honored champions of the public humanities whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth.

 

 

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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 Ranked #13 Program in Online Guide, Best MSW Programs

October 1st, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

Boston University School of Social Work was recently ranked #13 program in the nation by the popular online guide, Best MSW Programs. The 2014-15 rankings on the site were announced last week.Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 10.19.39 AM

Best MSW Programs examined over 230 social work programs across the country before putting together their list of the 50 best programs. In addition to consider rankings by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools, Best MSW Programs considered specialization/concentration options and the presence of new and innovative approaches and ideas in determining their rankings.

To read the complete rankings, click here.

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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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BUSSSW Alumni Eugene Dawson (SSW ’66) Awarded Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service by the Colorado Gerontological Society

September 2nd, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

The Colorado Gerontological Society awarded Eugene “Gene” Dawson (SSW ’66) the first Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service at its annual “Salute to Seniors” Ceremony in May.

The award is now titled the Eugene Dawson Presidential Leadership Award, honoring Dawson’s years of service. It will be awarded annually to esteemed recipients making extraordinary contributions to older Colorado citizens and their families.

Dawson credits Lewis Lowy for inspiring him to pursue a career in gerontological services. During the past 47 years, Dawson has served as an educator, administrator and practitioner in the field of aging services.

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BUSSW Student Reginald Harris Quoted in Boston Globe Article

August 18th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

Reginald Harris (SSW ‘15) was quoted in Bella English’s article “Cambridge Nonprofit Offers Kids Summer Fun”  published in the Boston Globe on August 12, 2014. Harris, who is in his second year as a clinical social work student and part of the family therapy certificate program, spent his summer counseling students at Daybreak Day Camp in Cambridge.

“My biggest takeaway from the summer is that children who experience social and emotional behavior issues very rarely have the opportunity to experience fun new things and play,” Harris said. “Play is essential to childhood development and is the basis of socialization.”

The 30 campers, who may never have experienced camp without Daybreak, attended three field trips a week and participated in many other activities. “We’re helping them develop the skills to resolve conflicts, to have more resilience,” Harris told English.

Daybreak is a day camp program designed specifically for children with a variety of emotional, social or behavioral issues. Harris found out about Daybreak through his foundation year internship at the Amigos School in Cambridge.

Daybreak has 17 trained counselors, specializing in different practices. Harris used the knowledge he gained at BUSSW throughout the summer. “My group work clinical course was especially useful, seeing as though most of the work I did as a counselor was in small groups,” Harris said. “Thanks Professor Underwood!”

Click here to read English’s full story

Photograph from original story: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff.

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BUSSW Alumna Christina M. Ciociola Named Senior Vice President at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

August 1st, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

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Effective July 28, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven named Boston University School of Social Work Alumna Christina M. Ciociola Senior Vice President for Grantmaking & Strategy. Ciociola graduated from BUSSW with a speciality in gerontology and received her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. In her new senior programmatic staff position, Ciociola will be responsible for the grantmaking, strategy development and implementation, and community knowledge work of The Foundation.

Ciociola joined The Foundation in 2002. As Director of Knowledge and Evaluation since 2008, she led The Foundation’s efforts to promote local philanthropy through giveGreater.org® and the The Great Give®. In addition, Ciociola maintained The Foundation’s efforts in the workforce arena through the Partnership for Economic Opportunity.

“Christina has long been an outstanding member of the Community Foundation staff and has risen steadily through the organization over many years,” said William W. Ginsberg, president & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. “Christina has led many of The Foundation’s new initiatives in recent years. She has a deep understanding of our community and its opportunities and challenges, and knows our local nonprofit sector intimately. She will bring great commitment, understanding, knowledge and know-how to her new position.”

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven awarded more than $24 million in grants and distributions in 2013 from an endowment of approximately $430 million and comprising hundreds of individually named funds. In addition to its grant-making, The Community Foundation helps build a stronger community by taking measures to improve student achievement, reduce New Haven’s infant mortality rate, promote local philanthropy through GiveGreater and encourage community awareness. For more information about The Community Foundation visit its website, or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

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WBUR Profiles Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones, An Agent For Social Change in Boston

July 28th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

Hubie Jones

On June 24, 2014, Boston University School of Social Work Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones was honored by the Roxbury Multi-Service Center during its 50th anniversary gala. In commemoration of the occasion, WBUR’s Delores Handy profiled Jones and his continuous work in Boston.

Growing up in the South Bronx in New York City, Jones planned on becoming a teacher. However, that changed when the work of Kenneth Clark, one of Jones’ professors at City College of New York, was quoted in a U.S Supreme Court decision.

“For me this was powerful,” Jones said during his interview with Handy. “I saw an academic, I saw a scholar, using his scholarship to advance public policy and social change.”

In 1955, Jones came to Boston to study at the Boston University School of Social Work. On October 28, 1956, a date he has never forgotten, he attended a speech delivered by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He walked up to the podium without a note, and out of his mouth came this extraordinary oratory that blew me away,” Jones told Handy. “It was a part of cementing my commitment to work for social justice and social change in America.”

Jones has been an agent for change in Boston for nearly 60 years. He has assisted in the formation and leadership of various organizations, including the Roxbury Multi-Service Center.

“You literally can’t scratch the surface of anything in this community that’s of any value and not find Hubie Jones was at the center of it,” said Michael Brown, co-founder of City Year.

In 1977, Jones became the dean of the Boston University School of Social Work. He inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure. An annual symposium, The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health, was also developed in his honor. The lecture series addresses vexing health issues in the urban context, featuring prominent national and international leaders at the intersection of health and social justice.

“Hubie’s whole career has been as an agent of social change and he may be one of the most prominent instruments of social change in Boston in the last 60 years,” Marjorie Arnos-Barron, communications consultant and political blogger, told Handy.

At 80-years-old, Jones continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder, and advocate.

“I just want this city to be as inclusive and as great as it can be,” Jones said. “If we begin to get education right, if we begin to get the integration of services right, we can do what no other city probably can do. We have a chance to be spectacular. This is what I live for.”

Read Handy’s full story here.

Image: Jesse Costa/WBUR

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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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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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