July 25, 2016

Minimum Wage Study: Effects of Seattle wage hike modest

The City of Seattle passed its $15 minimum way ordinance in June of 2014, and that December commissioned the UW team to conduct a five-year study of the law’s impacts. The ongoing research is led by professors Jacob Vigdor, Mark Long along with Jennifer Romich, associate professor in the UW School of Social Work and director of the West Coast Povert Center— and other co-authors from the Evans School, the School of Public Health and the Washington Employment Security Department. 

June 29, 2016

Ben de Haan weighs in on tackling homelessness with technology

People who are homeless might have multiple issues needing attention, including physical and mental health problems, substance-abuse issues, domestic violence and other difficulties. Tracking all of this information creates unwieldy data-management challenges, but the organizations trying to help often lack the software infrastructure needed to handle the load. “The prioritization of direct services over systems development is a very real concern in all of the social service arenas,” said Ben de Haan, the executive director of

May 26, 2016

Art exhibit to raise awareness about brain injury ends Sept. 30

I’ve seen a lot of art by famous artists, but I’ve never been so moved as I was by this show. This art show patron is not talking about an exhibit at the Louvre in Paris or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is talking about a brain injury art show, Breaking the Silence, now on exhibit at the UW School of Social Work First Floor Gallery until Sept. 30, 2016.

May 23, 2016

Megan Moore leads study identifying disparities in care among children with traumatic brain injury

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years to get their young lives back on track. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need.

May 20, 2016

Annual spring breakfast focuses on the impact of student scholarships

The seventh annual scholarship breakfast, held April 26, raised $78,000 for the School’s endowed scholarship programs. More than 200 guests attended the early-morning event, emceed by Raymonda Reese (MSW ’16), a research fellow in the School-sponsored Communities in Action initiative. The keynote speaker, Vikram Jandhyala—the UW’s first vice president for innovation strategy—ignited attendees with his ideas on how to create synergy among faculty, staff and students and foster a University-wide innovation culture.