Social Work and the Health of Populations
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
doors open, 2:30 p.m.
Charles River Campus, Photonics Center, Colloquium Room
8 St. Mary’s Street
Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided
Cohosted with the School of Social Work Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health.
Social work and public health are both centrally concerned with the social determinants of health. This half-day symposium will explore how, together, social work and public health can improve population health, from individual-level to systemic change. We aim to generate ideas for future collaboration in scholarship, policy, and practice.
2.5 free social work CEUs available for in-person attendees
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Dean, Boston University School of Social Work and Director and Paul Farmer Professor, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Charles E. Lewis, Jr.
President, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy
Dr. Lewis and CRISP organize a Student Advocacy Day in March during Social Work Month that brings hundreds of social work students to Washington, DC to participate in a day of advocating for federal legislation relevant to social work. CRISP also organizes a Social Work Day on the Hill during March which brings together social work educators, administrators, and practitioners for a day of activities that begins with a policy forum at the National Press Club and a reception for social work Congressmembers. In July CRISP conducts a Political Boot Camp for social workers wanting to run for elected office or work on political campaigns.
3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Educating Social Workers for Public Health
Clinical Professor and Director, MSW/MPH Program, Boston University School of Social Work (SSW ’84, SPH ’85)
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Principal of Equity and People, Health Leads (SSW ’00, SPH ’01)
Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
Dr. Allen is currently involved in a variety of research projects focused on social policy at the intersection of health and poverty. She is using a novel source of all-payer claims data merged with state administrative data on family income to compare Medicaid and Affordable Care Act Marketplace coverage on access to healthcare, quality of care, and costs to individuals and society. In another study, Dr. Allen is examining potential health impacts in the Paycheck Plus demonstration project, an experimental evaluation of providing low-income single-adults with an income supplement similar to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). She is also studying the impact of Medicaid expansions on housing evictions.
In 2014–2015, Dr. Allen was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Health & Aging Policy. In 2017, she spoke at TEDMED on The Cost of Being Uninsured in America. Associate Professor Allen is a Standing Member of the NIH Health Disparities Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section (2018–2022), the Columbia University Just Societies Task Force, and the Close the Health Gap Committee of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. Dr. Allen was recently honored by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) with the 2019 Social Policy Researcher Award for an Emerging Scholar.
You can follow Associate Professor Heidi Allen on Twitter @Prof_HeidiAllen.
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University and Clinician, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, Boston Medical Center (CAS ’92, SSW ’15)
Moderator: Harold Cox
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health