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Cares awarded $4 million state contract

UNC’s Center for Aging Research and Educational Services (Cares) will work with the state to help increase the availability of affordable and accessible housing and community services for older adults and people with disabilities.


What's new
Goode awarded fed grant for intervention on binge eating
Assistant professor Rachel W. Goode was recently awarded a nearly $887K grant to develop a culturally relevant intervention to treat binge eating and obesity, especially among Black women.

Jodi Flick, clinical associate professor
Jodi Flick retires after 40 years of service to N.C.
Faculty, staff and colleagues gathered virtually on Sept. 8 to honor Flick, who was described as an exemplary social worker with a legacy of helping the most vulnerable citizens of the state.

Yalitza Ramos, MSW '14, named Campus Y director
As director, Ramos will support 32 student-run committees and oversee the Bonner Leader Program and CUBE, a campus social innovation initiative.

Sarah Dabanah, MSW '10, Ph.D. '14
Sarah Dababnah, MSW '10, Ph.D. '14, earns Fulbright Scholarship to Egypt
Dababnah is an associate professor at University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work.

Josh Hinson speaks about the triple trauma of refugees 
Hinson, director of UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, discussed the challenges of Afghan refugees and how we can support them.

SSW recognition and news
Associate professor Betsy Bledsoe recently led the trainings: "Ethics of evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health," a workshop for the Pee Dee Area Health Education Center in Florence, S.C., and "Social determinants of health," and "Recognizing anxiety and trauma related disorders" for the Charlotte Area Health Education Center in Charlotte, N.C. 

School of Social Work Dean Ramona Denby-Brinson and associate deans Mimi Chapman, Travis Albritton, Rebecca Macy, Gina Chowa, and Lisa de Saxe Zerden recently met with Malcolm Turner, UNC School of Social Work's new Board of Trustees liaison. Social work leaders discussed the School’s programs and goals for the future.

The Field Education Program recently launched a virtual fall book discussion group for field instructors and task supervisors, offering two different discussion groups over the fall semester to discuss Isabel Wilkerson's book, Caste. The discussions will offer field instructors and task supervisors the opportunity to process and reflect on concepts from the book and consider how themes from the text may be integrated into student supervision and learning in field settings.

The Jordan Institute for Families and UNC School of Social Work's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recently hosted the 4th annual Race, Racism and Racial Equity Symposium. This year’s event explored "The many faces of environmental (in)justice: Scholarship addressing racism, infrastructure and climate action." Travis Albritton, associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at UNC School of Social Work, served as liaison and moderator. Ph.D. student Anderson Al Wazni was a panelist for the symposium and shared her work on the intersection between climate change, fragility and conflict.

Associate professor Lisa de Saxe Zerden recently published, "The primary care behavioral health model (PCBH) and medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD): Integrated models for primary care” in the journal, Social Work in Mental Health. Zerden and clinical assistant professor Jamie Flowers-Burgess were also invited to present at a conference SAMHSA is sponsoring for their Practice Education grant, which focuses on substance use.
Why giving matters

Amanda Alston, MSW student

"I am deeply motivated by social justice work that addresses the human condition and integrates the needs, perspectives, and experiences of historically marginalized and oppressed communities. I desire to be a part of meaningful and radical change that addresses poverty, the school-to-prison pipeline, voter suppression, and the many injustices that exist within our society.”
In the news
Dean Ramona Denby-Brinson was recently featured in the Daily Tar Heel article, "New dean of School of Social Work hopes to increase innovation and diversity."

Assistant professor Rachel Goode was quoted in The Atlantic article, "What makes a Black woman real?"

Sarah Verbiest, director of the Jordan Institute for Families, was interviewed this month on NPR's 1A program, "The state of care for perinatal and postpartum depression."

Professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein was quoted in the article, "Study finds greater risk of death from medical causes for infants with histories of reported maltreatment," which was published online in News Medical Net.

Recent alumni updates
The late MaryAnn Black, MSW '70, was awarded the University Medal, Duke University's highest honor for transformational service. Before her death in 2020, Black had served in the N.C. House of Representatives and as associate vice president for community relations with Duke University Health System, among other leadership roles.

Sophia Kustas Smith, MSW '01, PhD '07, was awarded tenure by Duke University. She is an associate professor at Duke School of Nursing, with research in oncology social work, survivorship, cancer care, and behavioral health interventions.

Nora Spencer, MSW '17, was named one of Triangle United Way's "10 to Watch" leaders of diverse nonprofits.

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