Five innovative and interdisciplinary research projects that include researchers from the School of Social Work were awarded grants from the UW Population Health Initiative. The selected projects will examine health disparities in Washington state, suicide prevention, homeless youth, and culturally anchored antenatal care. A total of eight projects were funded overall from a pool of 33 applications submitted.
Interdisciplinary teams involving School researchers awarded five of eight research grants
Colorado commits more than $9 million to implement Communities That Care
Communities That Care—a proven youth development model pioneered at the School of Social Work—continues to gain traction nationwide. Colorado is one of the most recent states to commit significant funds to this innovative system, allocating $9.1million over two years, funded by that state’s marijuana tax dollars.
Innovative Native American health study grounded in community participation
For decades, research on health issues in Native American communities has typically taken the form of medical surveillance. But Native people “are tired of being pathologized,” says Bonnie Duran, who directs the Center for Indigenous Health Research at the School of Social Work's Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI).
Improving food access and community cohesion for Native Hawaiians
Food access and nutrition among indigenous peoples can be highly dependent on family and community cohesion. This has led innovative researchers, such as incoming School of Social Work professor Michael Spencer, to design population health interventions that are culturally grounded, participatory, and build community capacity and self-reliance.
Dean Uehara selected as Washington state's social work educator of the year
Edwina Uehara, dean of the School of Social Work, was named the 2018 Washington State Social Work Educator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. A faculty member since 1990, Dean Uehara is the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work—the first endowed deanship in social work at a public university in the nation.