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February 4, 2016
Dean Uehara spotlights the role of scientific social work in creating change
Here’s a question for everyone who wants to change the world: Which of these innovations will have more impact on society—a first-of-its-kind experimental vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS that’s been developed by a venture-capital-backed biotechnology company, or a big-data research study from a social work scholar that identifies the role that alcohol consumption plays in the contraction of HIV/AIDS? My answer is both.
January 28, 2016
Study shows U.S. has greater link between low birth weight and inequality
Health disparities are common in developed countries, including the U.S., but at what age those inequities take root and how they vary between countries is less clear. A new study by School of Social Work Assistant Professor Melissa Martinson found that while low birth weight was linked to lower income and education levels in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, that connection was most persistent in the U.S.
January 26, 2016
Forefront backs effort to reduce suicides by engaging gun dealers and pharamacies
Forefront--a suicide-prevention group based at the UW School of Social Work--is backing new legislation aimed at reducing suicides involving guns, poisonings and drug overdoses. The bill would engage firearms dealers and pharmacists to raise awareness about suicide and the need to restrict access to guns and prescription drugs for those at risk of attempting to kill themselves.
January 14, 2016
Grand Challenges for Social Work identify 12 top social problems facing America
Washington, D.C.—From mass incarceration, climate change, and an aging population to immigration, mental illness and rising income inequality, the most pressing issues facing America have something fundamental in common: the social factor. As a call to action on these and other urgent problems, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare is launching the Grand Challenges for Social Work.
January 8, 2016
Social work professor Jennifer Stuber joins Gov. Inslee in gun violence initiative announcement
Jennifer Stuber, a School of Social Work associate professor and faculty director for Forefront, a School-affiliated suicide prevention group, stood alongside Gov. Jay Inslee as he announced a new initiative to reduce gun-related deaths. Monica Vavilala, director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, also attended the event at a mental health center in Burien.