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MSW classes offered remotely this fall 

School leaders said the decision was necessary to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The School hopes to offer in-person classes in the spring 2021 semester.


What's new
SSW creates Anti-Racism Task Force, Reconciliation Standing Committee

Read earlier statement from Dean Gary L. Bowen

School to co-host webinar on "Re-imaging Community Safety" on June 30
Online panel discussion to address how we can move beyond policing.

Zimmerman, colleagues publish first-of-its-kind oral hygiene study
In the study, the faculty found that oral hygiene training can significantly reduce pneumonia in nursing homes.

Distinguished school professor and champion of children Mark Testa to retire 
The architect of innovative reforms in the field of child welfare at the state and federal levels served more than 40 years within the field of social sciences and 10 years at SSW.

SSW appoints Tate Distinguished Professor for Children in Need
Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Ph.D.,  is well known for her interdisciplinary research in child abuse and neglect, children’s health disparities, public policy, and predictive risk modeling.

School faculty receive grants to study COVID-19 impact
Two studies will focus on the care of older adults in long-term care communities, and one will examine the effect of services on victims of violence.

Bledsoe awarded CWC Faculty Scholar Grant 
The $10,000 grant will advance Bledsoe’s work with collaborators at UNC and in Robeson County, N.C., to document the health care experiences of mothers during pregnancy and postpartum.

Klein to lead violence prevention group at UNC
The Gender-Based Violence Prevention Advisory Group is part of a larger framework around violence prevention that UNC-Chapel Hill officials announced earlier in 2020.

BHS finds solutions for pandemic challenges
Team members with Behavioral Health Springboard are working with colleagues across the state to find solutions to pandemic-related problems.

THANK YOU for your contributions to GiveUNC!
Because of your generous gifts, we raised more than $6,000 for our doctoral program and Ph.D. students! Thank you for helping us to ensure our students have the funding support they need to succeed!
Faculty and student recognition and news
Ph.D. student Hayden Dawes recently published the Medium column, "An invitation to White therapists: Are you ready to look within?"

Assistant professors Cindy Fraga Rizo and Rain Masa and professor Mimi Chapman were recently awarded a $7,500 Galapagos Research Seed Grant to conduct a study on “Youth perceptions of living in the Galapagos: Relationships, health and the future.”

Faculty and staff with the Jordan Institute for Families have been busy this summer creating, developing, and compiling resources and presentations to help all families navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and to educate communities on racism and anti-racism efforts.

Associate professor Lisa de Saxe Zerden and colleagues with the Public Health/Social Work Section of the American Public Health Association helped create a robust set of free resources and tools to help social work educators infuse public health social work principles into existing or new curricula, while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and related consequences. These tools are now available on the CSWE website.

Assistant professor Rainer Masa is among the researchers selected to present at this year’s 2020 Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy Week. This year’s session, which will be hosted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will bring together a community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers from across the world working at the intersection of agriculture, nutrition and health. Masa's presentation, which he co-authored with Ph.D. student Anjalee Sharma, is titled, "Does household food insecurity mean the same thing for different groups of youth? Testing for measurement invariance.” Masa was also selected to attend the NIH/Fogarty International Center Stigma Research Training Institute in Bethesda, Md., in 2021. The training institute is designed to promote transdisciplinary and novel health-related stigma research methods.
Why giving matters
Kiva Jordan, MSW student

"As a future licensed clinical social worker, I plan to work within the integrated health care field to facilitate dynamic change from the individual/family to policy level, especially for low income people of color. Social work offers critical theoretical frameworks to uncover and undo the insufficient and unjust systems that health care and governmental institutions have facilitated and find solutions towards equitable change that can positively affect generations."
In the news
Distinguished Professor Sheryl Zimmerman was featured in the Deseret News article, "Will long-term care be the same after COVID-19?"

An analysis from the Jordan Institute for Families was referenced in the EducationNC column, "Perspective: Book Babies launches virtual visits to continue to meet the needs of families."

Clinical assistant professor Sherry Mergner was recently featured in The Well's, "Carolina People" series.

MSW student Michael Conroy was quoted in the Raleigh News & Observer article, "Speakers call on Chapel Hill to use police money to build up minority communities."

The new program launched by the School of Social Work and the Adams School of Dentistry to provide oral medicine telehealth services to patients with critical needs was recently highlighted on the University's main website.

Recent alumni updates
Charity Watkins, Ph.D. '19, was selected as a 2020-2021 scholar for the University of Michigan's Integrative Well-Being and Inequality Training Program. The state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary methods training program prepares participating scholars to investigate the intersection of mental and physical health, with an emphasis on how this intersection relates to health disparities. The highly selective program is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Watkins is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina Central University.

Tim Schwantes, MSW '07, was selected as a 2020-2022 William C. Friday Fellow. The William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations is a competitive statewide program of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative. The fellowship honors the legacy of longtime UNC system president Bill Friday, who charged the first class of fellows in 1995 with embracing personal growth and learning in the service of all North Carolinians. A resident of Chapel Hill, Schwantes works for Healthy Places by Design, a nonprofit consulting firm that focuses on increasing access to health through the built environment.

Lindsey Atkins, MSW '10, created a coloring book in English and Spanish for children who are learning to cope with coronavirus-restricted life. Atkins, who works for UNC Hospitals, was recently featured in the WTVD news report, "UNC social worker creates coloring book to help kids cope during COVID-19 pandemic."

Stephen Guthrie, MSW '80, of Richmond, Va., died on May 28, 2020.

Robert Gribble Jr., MSW '68, a former director of Caswell County DSS with 40 years of experience in social services, died on June 7, 2020.

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