Pilot Reading Group for White-identifying Individuals Interested In and Committed to Developing Thei

Many White-identifying colleagues have expressed uncertainty about identifying concrete actions they can take in their professional and personal circles to promote anti-racism and more fully understand systemic racism in the United States. In response, we are piloting a reading group for White-identifying individuals interested in and committed to developing their knowledge related to race and racism. Our plan is to continue these reading groups beyond the pilot that at the moment includes staff and faculty from the Office of Academic Affairs and the School of Social Work. Those who sign up for this pilot will start by reading one of two texts related to white racial identity development: W

Healing and Processing Space for People who Identify as Asian/Asian American, 7/1, 12-1pm

In light of the current events in the US, we will hold a healing and processing space for Asians/Asian Americans at SSW to talk about racial injustice. The focus would be on healing racism towards and by the Asian/Asian American community and standing in solidarity with the Black community. This would be a time to come together to process emotions, grieve, listen, learn, and plan. Please use the Webex information below to join. Webex link: https://umaryland.webex.com/umaryland/j.php?MTID=mfc349ec9d453c158a62fd32f56c88464 Meeting number (access code): 120 250 8362 Meeting password: pnPmmRcf634 Join from a video system or application Dial 1202508362@umaryland.webex.com You can also di

UMB SSW PhD Program Alumnae Drs. Franklin and Nichols Published in Journal of Cancer Education

Drs. Elizabeth Franklin and Helen Nichols and their colleagues have a new paper published in Journal of Cancer Education that explores (1) Medicare decision-making, (2) Medicare satisfaction, and (3) understanding of Medicare coverage among cancer patients. Using focus groups and survey data, Franklin, Nichols, and Bohannon found that although Medicare beneficiaries believe they understand their coverage and are largely satisfied with benefits, many cannot accurately identify the appropriate components of the program, particularly regarding how drug benefits are structured. In-depth qualitative analyses from the focus group indicated not only a lack of understanding but a fear of unexpected

They Came to Pittsburgh to Eliminate Poverty - They First Trained at the SSW

In a Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine story on those who came to Pittsburgh in the 1960s to help eliminate the growing poverty in a city, at the time, beginning to decline. The story mentions the impact of several University of Maryland School of Social Work alumni who trained as VISTA scholars at the School. Read More

Corey Shdaimah Published in Qualitative Data Repository

Dr. Corey Shdaimah, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, published data from her ethnographic study of court-affiliated prostitution diversion programs in Baltimore and Philadelphia from 2011-2014 in the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR). These data are the first installment from the study and represent approximately one third of the interviews with program participants in the data. If anyone is interested in learning more about the study, or about QDR, please contact Dr. Shdaimah. The published data set can be viewed at: Shdaimah, Corey. 2020. "Problem-Solving Courts, Street Level Bureaucrats, and Clients as Policy Agents in a Prostitution Diversion Program". Qualitative

Juneteenth: A Message from the School of Social Work

The School of Social Work celebrates Juneteenth as an important day commemorating the end of slavery in America. We recognize this day as an important step towards justice and equality but recognize the journey is not over. At the SSW, we continue to work to address inequality in America. Below are some of our commitments: We are committed to becoming an anti-racist institution; We are happy to welcome Neijma Celestine-Donnor as the School’s first Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; We will launch our “A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance in Baltimore” pre-requisite online course this summer, which will be an ongoing requirement for all incoming students and available

PhD Student Becker Published in Death Studies

Third-year PhD Student, Todd Becker, has a new paper published in Death Studies that explores the relationship between various types of health care utilization and death anxiety in older adults. Using nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement Study, Becker found that overnight hospitalization, overnight nursing home placement, and outpatient visit were all statistically significant predictors of death anxiety. More details can be found at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/YXKU24CVPEAYZACCUIZG/full?target=10.1080/07481187.2020.1774942.

"Are Social Workers the Answer?" A NASW Response to a Wall Street Journal Editorial

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and many of our 110,000 members were deeply disappointed with a June 8 editorial from the Wall Street Journal titled "Are Social Workers the Answer?" The author, Naomi Schaefer Riley, responded to calls to defund police departments and tap social workers to fill some roles currently served by police following the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement. The op-ed criticized professional social workers and used the stereotype that social workers are ineffective in Child Protection Agencies to discredit the many skills and contributions of the social work profession. Social workers already work alongside and in partnership

Cagle Receives $3.5 Million Funding Award from the National Institute on Aging for Palliative Care R

Assistant Professor John Cagle, PhD, along with his Co-PI Dr. Kathleen Unroe, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, have been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging. Their study will test an intervention (UPLIFT-AD) that combines efforts to increase palliative care knowledge and practice in nursing homes along with external palliative care consultation. The goal of UPLIFT-AD is to enhance improve care and enhance the quality of life of nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This important project has the potential to improve the care of nearly 50% of nursing home residents who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or ot

Looking for ways to support Covid-19 relief efforts? Or could you or those you know benefit from som

Struggling with how you can support your community during this time? Need flexible volunteer opportunities that work within your schedule? Check out Perfect Strangers and sign up to volunteer locally or from the comfort of your couch: bit.ly/PS-volunteer. Perfect Strangers offers free groceries, prescription and supply deliveries to those at-risk to combat COVID-19 in Boston, Philly, D.C., San Francisco, East Bay (CA), South Bay (CA), and Marin County (CA). Perfect Strangers serves the elderly, immunocompromised, frontline workers, and at-risk individuals. If you have questions, or you know of an organization that might like to partner with Perfect Strangers, please contact: sophie@wearepr

CMD Behavioral Health Virtual Career Fairs

The event is open to practicing Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Counselors, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and other associated professionals, as well as students currently enrolled in education programs within the state. There is no charge to participate, but participants are asked to pre-register for the events they are interested in on our site. • Addiction Treatment (6/16/20 – 6/19/20): https://www.careermd.com/healthcare/virtual-events/?veid=128 • Behavioral Therapy (6/30/20 – 7/3/20): https://www.careermd.com/healthcare/virtual-events/?veid=144 • Social Work & Case Management (8/10/20 – 8/13/20): https://www.careermd.com/healthca

Virtual Summer U Camp

The camp is designed for children ages seven (7), eight (8), nine (9) and ten (10) who attend any of the UMB Southwest Baltimore Elementary partner schools or children of students, and faculty/staff members of UMB. The camp curriculum has been crafted to offer a wide variety of programs that meet the interests, abilities, and needs of students. Each camper\'s day will be filled with a variety of age-appropriate recreational games, arts and crafts, and educational activities that will keep your camper active and engaged. To learn more about the camp please visit - https://www.umaryland.edu/urecfit/youth-and-family-programs/online-youth--family-resources/ To register please visit - http

A Statement from Members of the UMB IPV Collaborative on the Call for Defunding Police

A Statement from Members of the UMB IPV Collaborative on the Call for Defunding Police June 11, 2020 Members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative (UMB IPV Collaborative) stand with Black Lives Matter and other activist groups’ calls to defund police. Our support of this movement calls for decreasing resources allocated to police and reinvesting resources in community social services and supports. This stance is informed by our positions as clinicians, lawyers, social workers, and healthcare professionals who work on behalf of people subjected to intimate partner and sexual violence. We write this statement of support to challenge opposition to re

Associate Professor Melissa Smith published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental

Associate Professor Melissa Smith and colleagues published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research Title: Definitions of Community for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses: Implications for Community Integration and Recovery Abstract: While recent work on community integration for individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) has focused on the multi-dimensionality of community integration, it has not been fully rooted in how consumers define and experience communities for themselves. Guided by symbolic interactionism theory, the goal of the present study is to explore definitions of community as provided by individuals with SMIs, and to i

School of Nursing Monthly Research Seminar on Good Documentation Practices

School of Nursing Monthly Research Seminar Title: Applying the 10th Principle of GCP: Good Documentation Practices Date: June 18, 2020 12:00 PM-1:00 PM virtual via Webex Presenter: Casey Jackson, MS, CCRP Research Quality Manager UMB SON RSVP: https://umaryland.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kS2ETAHQZblp1r Webex info: Event address for attendees: https://umaryland.webex.com/umaryland/onstage/g.php?MTID=eafd307b14a36fef1bf3a9651e6ba618a Password: Research If you have any questions, please contact Casey Jackson at casey.jackson@umaryland.edu

Healing and Processing Sessions This Week

In response to the ongoing racialized violence and state-sponsored killing of Black People in our country, the SSW will hold healing and processing spaces this week. These will be times to come together to process emotions, grieve, listen, learn, and plan. Please see the following list of spaces and attend those which feel most relevant. If prompted for a passcode to join any of these events, it is 035427. People who Identify as Black Wednesday, June 10th 1:30-2:30pm Ms. Stacey Stephens https://umaryland.zoom.us/j/96134804985?pwd=UXNSTFZPUnd6UXVFMWo2cEJlcld6dz09 People who Identify as Black Thursday, June 11th 9-10am Mr. Orin Howard https://umaryland.zoom.us/j/94910363065?pwd=NjY3RXBGR0hEN2J

UMSSW’s Homecoming Goes Virtual!

Social Work in the Workplace: Turning the Tables on Critical Conversations Monday, June 22nd from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm We are excited to announce that our annual UMSSW Homecoming is rescheduled and going virtual this month! As Maryland and the UMB campus pandemic guidelines now require, we will all gather ONLINE to share interesting presentations and LIVE Q&A. Plus, we will have a very special celebration of this year’s Alumni Association Awards. Moving to a virtual setting gives us the opportunity to reach alumni far beyond the Baltimore/DC Region, as UMSSW Homecoming has officially gone global! Please join us on Monday, June 22 nd from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of th

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