February is here. While it rains in Oregon, we’re busy learning and working on changing the world! Here are a few things we’ve found and been up to this month.
On February 4 and 5th Dean Nissen traveled to Salem and Eugene MSW Distance Programs to bring birthday cakes and do some extended 50th anniversary birthday celebrating with distance students, faculty and community partners.
Items of General Interest in Social Work and Human Services
- How many saw this amazing recent infographic “If the world were 100 people”? – inspiring and creative!!!
- Should we believe survivors? A primer on the neurobiology of trauma
- Recent OPB story about poverty in the pacific northwest – important resource
- Overview of the 11 police reform bills currently being introduced in Salem right now
- Article describing new efforts to respond more effectively to community mental health crisis situations
- Health literacy and health insurance literacy resource
- Overview of the business of online therapy – getting a boost in recent Kaiser strike among mental health professionals
- SAMSHA has just issued a new “Behavioral Health Barometer” – interesting resource
- Report about lack of effective enforcement of child abuse and neglect laws
- Article with new data about the intersection of poverty, disability and implementation of the ADA
- Provocative piece about how to reduce child poverty by 60 percent right now
- New report from Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality with specific analysis of Oregon’s numbers
- Article about what is needed to prepare for the “elder boom” in America
Social Justice and Diversity in Education and Practice
- New report on Students of Color in Higher Education and Microaggressions
- Great short article about the limitations of products for social change
- Article about the number jails vs. colleges and a map of where those prisoners live
- Social work students respond to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the neutrality of SW Program Administrators – important calls to action continue
- Powerful article about the racist history of Portland, Oregon and its implications for our current community life
- Article about Race Relations in Canada – powerful international comparisons
Social Media and Technology
- Great brief article about the question “can social media be a part of social work practice?”
- Listing of Chronicle of Higher Education’s question to its readership “What are your favorite faculty development blogs?”
- Terrific brief article on combining academic and activist roles
- Article about food insecurity among college students in Philadelphia
- Balancing academic writing obligations when one has a heavy teaching load
Lots of Good News
Congrats to our SSW leaders who are making a difference!
Jones, B., Phillips, F., Head, B.A., Hedlund, S., Kalisiak, A., Zebrack, B. Kilburn, L. and Otis-Green, S. (2014). Enhancing Collaborative Leadership in Palliative Social Work in Oncology.Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 10(4): 309-321. DOI:10.1080/15524256.2014.975319. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15524256.2014.975319#.VLl9Me85CrQ
Carlson, J., Edleson, J.L. & Kimball, E. (2014). First-time fathers’ experiences of and desires for formal support: A multiple lens perspective. Fathering, 12(3), 242-261
Presentations at academic and professional conferences
Miles, R. (2015). Middle School Students’ Experience of Fair-Inclusive School Climates Influences Beliefs about Peer Treatment. Presented at Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference: The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity, New Orleans, LA.
Presentations in community and practice settings
Miller, K.M. (2014). Racial Disproportionality and Disparity: The Impact of Multi-System Involvement on Children of Color. A presentation at the Juvenile Justice Department Directors Association Annual Conference, Sandy, Oregon.
Curry-Stevens, A. (2014). Theory of change for the Learning Initiative. Staff training for United Way of Columbia-Willamette, July 10.
Curry-Stevens, A. (2014). Evaluation findings from the Leadership Development Initiative among six communities of color. Latino Leadership Partnership Program, Oregon Community Foundation, July 9.
Curry-Stevens, A. (2014). Using research to influence policy, practice and wellbeing: The case of the “Unsettling Profile” series. City making and remaking: The Portland case study, New Leadership Network Learning Journey, James Irvine Foundation, June 19.
Proposals submitted (grants, contracts, fellowships, etc.)
Ann Curry-Stevens. To Sociological Initiatives, for $20,000 for the project “Ending brain waste: Research and action to recognize the foreign credentials of immigrants in Oregon” [role – Principal Investigator]
Ann Curry-Stevens To National Institute of Justice, for $802,350 for the project, “Building practice-based evidence: Evaluating a family justice center” with primary focus on client outcomes, racial equity and client empowerment [role – Principal Investigator].
Other Media Coverage
- SSW Faculty open letter to PSU on armed campus police officers from December Street Roots
- RRI’s Tamara Sale, Director of the EASA Center for Excellence and a recent radio story about PSU/RRI’s own EASA project – focusing on early interventions to address psychosis
- Dr. Christina Nicolaidis, Professor and Senior Scholar in Social Determinants of Health, and colleagues featured in recent Oregonian story related to her work in services and supports for adults with autism