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BCSSW in the News
Global Health Program Unites Disciplines

DECEMBER 16, 2014

In an increasingly global society, where health problems – and their potential solutions – often have implications far beyond the communities in which they occur, public health is fast becoming a field of great interest among colleges and universities. Boston College is a leader in training this new generation of internationally-minded problem solvers through its program in Global Public Health, offering undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework via a collaboration between the Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This semester, 67 students have been enjoying the unique opportunity to take a course team-taught by Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins and Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Sutherland. Public Health in a Global Society, the first installment in a three-course sequence, presents the topic as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention.  More about the Global Health Program »

BCSSW in the News
Under New Leader, BC Social Work Center Redefines Mission

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Boston College's innovative National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is undergoing a major transition this fall, with new leadership and an expansion of its mission to help give individuals and families greater control over the design and delivery of home and community-based services.

Richard Petty, an experienced administrator in advocacy and programs promoting independent community living for persons with disabilities, began his duties as director of the center – housed at the BC School of Social Work – after being appointed this past summer.

He succeeds Professor of Social Work Kevin Mahoney, the founding director and architect of NRCPDS, who will remain as a researcher and oversee the new center initiative focusing on behavioral health, funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  More about center's new leader »

Events

GSSW Annual Alumni Event 2010

MARCH 25, 2010
Yawkey Center, Murray Room
6:00 Reception
6:30 Distinguished Alum Award
7:00 Lecture
8:00 Networking

The Annual GSSW Alumni Event will be held Thursday, March 25th at the Yawkey Center. This year's event will be a little different than in year's past. Instead of an Alumni dinner we will be presenting a lecture by visiting scholar Maryanne Loughry Ph.D., Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia on the topic of: "Refugees-Who is on the move?" An expose of the people moving in our global world-their stories and the problems they encounter.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception and presentation of our Distinguished Alum Award. 

Please RSVP for the event.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: ANDREA COHEN MSW '84

For the past 20 years Andrea Cohen has been a leader in eldercare business development, transforming the way private-pay services are delivered through a series of successful, widely replicated ventures.  As HouseWorks CEO, she has crafted pioneering partnerships for supporting seniors in long-term care facilities, senior housing, and consumer-led communities like Boston’s Beacon Hill Village.

Ms. Cohen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Family Caregiver’s Association, the National Private Duty Association, the Massachusetts Home Care Alliance, and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  She is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences on the subject of private home care development and eldercare trends.  Her accomplishments have been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Business Journal, Harvard Magazine, and Women’s Business.  Ms. Cohen received her MSW from Boston College in 1984.