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A new study co-authored by social work professor Todd Herrenkohl suggests that troubling behaviors exhibited by abused children can be predictors of later criminal activity, and that those indicators differ between boys and girls.
Social work professor Erin Casey is the lead author on UW study that shows abusive and controlling men are more likely to put their female partners at sexual risk.
Almost 30 years ago, social work scholars David Hawkins and Richard Catalano developed a program to reduce problem behaviors among young people by implementing preventive measures at the community level. New research affirms the positive impact of protective factors in the lives of young people.
A national coalition of experts that includes UW social work professors David Hawkins and Richard Catalano has a bold plan to reduce behavioral health problems such as violence and depression among young people across the country by 20 percent in a decade.
In July, the Washington state legislature, as part of its biennium operating budget, approved $500,000 to support the School of Social Work-affiliated Latino Center for Health. The funds will be used to advance research and improve practices that help close the gap in health outcomes for a growing but underserved community. The center is the first of its kind in the state to focus on the health needs of Latinos, who account for 12 percent of Washington state’s population, but who lack access to critical health services for chronic diseases and social stressors as well as bilingual and bi-cultural service providers.
“We are delighted that the Latino Center for Health has received state funding,” says University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce. “The center provides invaluable leadership to improve access and utilization of health care services including preventive health care and mental health services.” Social work professor and center co-director Gino Aisenberg (pictured, right) explained that the center's research will focus on Latino physical health, mental health, environmental and occupational health, and violence and injury prevention.
Edwina S. Uehara, dean of the School of Social Work, added her praise for the group: “The center is a shining example of how UW research and collaboration empowers local communities to address critical issues of health care access and equity in our state.”
Leo Morales, the center’s co-director and UW affiliate professor in public health, stated that: “by bringing together faculty from a variety of backgrounds to conduct community-engaged research we aim to develop evidence-based practices to improve the conditions and delivery of healthcare for Latino patients.”
The center’s commitment to the state’s Latino community has also attracted the attention of Washington state lawmakers such as Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, a Democrat from Seattle and a Cuban American. “As many parts of our state benefit from economic growth and prosperity, the center will work to curb health disparities facing the Latino community, and ultimately our state as a whole,” observed the state legislator.
The Latino Center for Health was launched in April 2014 to promote the health and well-being of Washington state’s Latino population through community-engaged research, student and faculty training, and policy analysis. The School of Social Work, the Graduate School and the School of Medicine provided initial seed money for the center, which collaborates with the University of Washington's health sciences schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work.
Jennifer Stuber, social work professor and faculty director of Forefront, a University of Washington collaborative effort dedicated to suicide prevention, was appointed a CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow by the University of Washington. CoMotion was established in 2011 to recognize the value that entrepreneurial thinking brings to the UW campus, the Puget Sound area and the nation. Awardees are identified as mentors to others within the University community and as partners for local, national and global innovation initiatives. Fellows receive $5,000 in discretionary innovation funds.
“Jennifer is a remarkable innovator and renowned scholar in mental health policy,” said Eddie Uehara, Professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work. “Through her exemplary work with Forefront, she represents what is possible when a leading scholar and talented teacher takes innovative research and transforms it into significant social impact. She is an inspiration to her students, staff and faculty colleagues.”
Under Stuber’s leadership, Forefront has developed an impressive record since its inception two years ago. The research center provided key data and consultation to Washington state legislators to support the passage of three groundbreaking laws requiring suicide prevention training for health care professionals. The laws are considered models for similar legislation in other states.
This year, Forefront announced a partnership with Facebook to harness the reach of the world’s largest social network provider to bring online resources to users who are considering suicide as well as their families and friends. Locally, Forefront received a three-year, federal grant to launch Husky Help & Hope, a University-based suicide prevention initiative that provides coordinated expert outreach to students.
“I am thrilled to learn from my esteemed colleagues who are having a huge impact on the world in their respective fields,” said Stuber, “and to think through the major public health problem of suicide with these colleagues. The CoMotion funds will be used to produce a documentary short film on suicide prevention, informed by years of research—a much needed innovation to the field.” Candidates for the CoMotion Fellows Program, formerly known as the Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Program, are nominated by deans and department chairs campus-wide, and are approved by the president of the University.
Stuber (pictured, right) received her doctorate from the Yale University School of Public Health and served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University. She joined the School in 2006 where, in addition to her groundbreaking work with Forefront, she focuses on forms of oppression, health disparities, mental health and policy-making processes.
I AM—a bold and inspirational collection reflecting the lives, struggles and hopes of Path with Art students—is now on exhibit at the UW School of Social Work first floor Gallery until Sept. 11, 2015.
Path with Art is an organization that provides powerful and engaging creative opportunities to low-income adults in recovery from homelessness, addiction, mental health issues and other trauma as a means to strengthen and improve their lives. Winner of the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award in Social Justice, Path with Art partners with over 30 social service agencies and 25 arts and cultural organizations.
This exhibition provides an opportunity for students to be seen through a new lens—that of their achievements as artists. “Through the shared language of artistic expression, we are able to catch a glimpse of each other’s humanity. From here, we can begin to break down our differences and better understand each other as human beings,” says Jennifer Lobsenz, program director at Path with Art.
The exhibit is curated by Seattle printmaker Laurie D. Brown, who holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of Oregon. Since 1998, Brown has taught printmaking at Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. The artist has exhibited her prints nationally and internationally; her work is included in the collections of the City of Renton, Harborview Medical Center, City of SeaTac and many private collections.
A public reception will be held on Thursday, July 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. First Floor Gallery, University of Washington, School of Social Work, 4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, Washington. (Directions to the building.)
Image: Forks and Spoons by Zeituni Abhur
Terrence Roberts didn’t hesitate when volunteers were sought to integrate an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas."We had lived so long under the aegis of separate but equal," says Roberts, who was in Seattle last week to address UW School of Social Work graduates.
Washington state’s rural communities with the highest suicide rates soon will get more resources to help with prevention training and support. Washington Women’s Foundation is giving Forefront—a School of Social Work research and innovation center—$100,000 for suicide prevention in six underserved areas.