MSW student Melissa Galindo was added to this year’s Husky 100 cohort, a UW recognition program that acknowledges 100 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines from the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses. Students are chosen for their leadership, passion, creativity and commitment.
Social work student Melissa Galindo calls Husky 100 recognition a “village effort”
Putting Grand Challenges into action to support healthy futures for all youth
A new report, published in the “Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research,” examines how the UW School of Social Work, in partnership with community agencies in Southeast and Central Seattle, adopted a model youth development program—created initially by the School’s Social Development Research Group—and implemented it at the local level.
Forefront education day in Olympia builds momentum for suicide prevention legislation
On Feb. 16, more than 100 people converged in Olympia for Suicide Prevention Education Day. It was the third year in a row that Forefront—a School of Social Work suicide prevention group—sponsored the event to raise awareness and legislative momentum to reduce the number of deaths by suicide in Washington state. Constituents from 48 districts fanned out across the Capitol campus to meet with legislators. For the second year in a row, the Suicide-Safer Homes Memorial’s color-coded headstones represented the toll of suicide loss in this state—1,129 deaths in 2015.
New findings reveal health, aging experiences of LGBT older adults across nation
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the UW School of Social Work have released new findings this month on the health and aging of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults in the U.S. Approximately 2.7 million adults age 50 and older self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “It’s important to understand the health and well-being of LGBT older adults so we can take steps to reduce health disparities,” said principal investigator Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, professor and director of the UW’s Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence.
Forefront to advocate for solutions at Suicide Prevention Education Day in Olympia
In 2015, 1,129 Washington residents died by suicide—the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 44. Next month, volunteers from Forefront—a UW School of Social Work suicide-prevention advocacy group—will erect headstones on the lawn in front of the Washington State Capitol, one for each of those lost lives, as part of a suicide prevention education day that includes a ceremony of remembrance and hope, a program on legislative priorities at the Governor’s Mansion, and suicide prevention awareness training at the Woman’s Club of Olympia.