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Researchers awarded $100K grant to study impact of pandemic on essential workers 

The study will focus on women of color who are especially vulnerable to coronavirus, both as an infection and as a threat to their livelihoods and well-being, largely because they are employed in occupations where working from home isn’t a possibility, said Rachel Goode, an assistant professor at the UNC School of Social Work and one of the study researchers. 


What's new
Lippold named national co-leader for Grand Challenge
Lippold will serve with colleagues from UC-Berkeley and the University of Denver to help address healthy development for all youth.

Rivera Capcha awarded NASW Foundation's Gosnell Memorial Scholarship
The MSW student is interested in strengthening access to mental health services to underserved and marginalized communities, especially for survivors of domestic violence.

Trenette Clark Goings promoted to full professor
Goings joined the School in 2010 and over the past 12 years, has gained national recognition for her achievements as a scholar in the substance use field.

SSW, public health researchers join partners to address disparities pregnant women of color experience 
The partners received a multi-million grant through the CARES Act, which will help to support providers and families and boost access to telehealth and distant care services for maternal health.

Project to promote reading resources and support to children during pandemic
SSW and FPG researchers will focus on children from economically disadvantaged families who may face additional challenges as schools shift again to online learning.

Charisse Hart, MSW '13, honored as Greensboro community builder
Hart is chief executive officer of Ready for School, Ready for Life in Guilford County, an organization that supports early childhood development and education.

Dews, Godwin and Palmer receive faculty promotions
Denise Dews, Melissa Godwin and Theresa Palmer were all promoted to clinical associate professor.

Faculty and student recognition and news
Professor Kim Strom is among a team of researchers from around the world who recently completed an international study of the ethical challenges faced by social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, produced by the Social Work Ethics Research Group in partnership with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), drew from 607 survey responses and additional follow-up interviews with participants from 54 countries. Overall, the researchers found that "social workers have faced profound ethical dilemmas as they have continued to practice in pandemic conditions, including the challenges of maintaining privacy and completing fair assessments online to advocating for migrants in transit without food or sanitation.” Strom and her colleagues recently presented the study at the IFSW virtual conference.

Ph.D. student LB Klein co-authored the policy brief, "Let's talk about the science of victim's services: Talking points for advocates," for the group Research-to-Policy Collaboration. She also presented the webinar, "Addressing alcohol’s role in Campus Sexual Assault Toolkit" to the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and co-presented the webinar, "Safe at home?: Supporting colleagues experiencing intimate partner violence during COVID-19," to employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Klein also co-presented preliminary findings for the forthcoming paper, "Centering LGBTQ+ students in addressing alcohol's role in campus sexual assault," as part of a series of virtual dialogs hosted by Prevention Innovations Research Center, University of New Hampshire.

MSW student Annie David was awarded a student scholarship from the North Carolina Society of Clinical Social Work (NCSCSW), which works to promote and advance the specialization of clinical social work in all settings. David, who is enrolled in the UNC-PrimeCare program, has volunteered at UNC Chapel Hill's Student Health Action Coalition Clinic, where health graduate students provide free healthcare to folks in need. This volunteer work sparked her interest in medical social work.

George Gottfried, who served on the School of Social Work's Field Education team after many years as a professor at the College of St. Benedict, died on July 1, 2020, after a period of declining health.
Why giving matters
Hayden Dawes, Ph.D. student

"Since 2012, I have been developing my clinical social work and leadership skills on behalf of vulnerable populations by working in case management, psychotherapy, and administration. This practice experience has driven me to become a researcher who is dedicated to seeking solutions to the behavioral health inequities and social problems that exist in today's society, especially those faced by people of color and LGBTQIA+ identified populations. Through research, I aim to develop strategies that enhance systems and empower individuals in the collective mission of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice."
In the news
The School of Social Work’s article on the Behavioral Health Springboard’s work during the pandemic was published in The Well, UNC's employee website.

Work by professor Rebecca Macy and assistant professor Cindy Fraga Rizo contributed to the development of the Compass Center's new "Safe Homes" project, which was highlighted in the Raleigh News & Observer article, "Orange County does not have a domestic violence shelter. But 'Safe Homes' are coming."

Mark Testa's research on child welfare in Illinois was featured in The Chronicle of Social Change article, "Faith-based movement to 'host' children of struggling families hits opposition in New York."

Recent alumni updates
Sharon Parker, Ph.D. ’12, was interviewed by Black Doctors TV, where she provided insight and advice on managing self-care and maintaining a healthy mental state while supporting others and dealing with the challenges of racism and COVID-19 in the Black community. Parker is an associate professor of social work at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

Rochelle Bostic, MSW ’04, retired from Montgomery County Schools after more than 37 years of service with the school system.

Josephine Baker, MSW '81, was honored by the Town of Edenton, which designated May 22, 2020, as "Josephine Baker Day."  Baker was recognized for her years of work on local race relations. She founded and led a large group of Black and white citizens through her church, Edenton United Methodist. Baker recently moved to Raleigh to be closer to her family.

Donald McDonald, MSW ’16, was elected to the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification for Region V of the National Association of Social Workers.

Yazmin Garcia Rico, MSW '18, and Quinny Sanchez Lopez, MSW '20, were named by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force.The goal of the task force is to address the social, environmental, economic, and health disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Carmichael Healy, MSW '96, was last seen on July 3, 2019, swimming near the Oregon Inlet of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His family recently announced his obituary and shared the news that Healy is presumed to have been lost at sea.

Karen Smith, MSW '76, died on July 14, 2020. Smith served as director of the Davie County Department of Social Services and retired after a 38-year career in social work.

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