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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

Methodology Research Training on Community Based Participatory Research

Michael Spencer, PhD
Michael Spencer, PhD

APRIL 9, 2012
11 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
McGuinn 5th Floor Conference Room
RSVP by April 3, 2012, to Serena Heartz at heartz@bc.edu or 617-552-0866

GSSW tenured and tenure-track faculty and PhD students are invited to attend a working lunch and workshop presented by Michael Spencer, PhD, Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Dr. Spencer's research is primarily in the area of health disparities and mental health service use as well as the impact of discrimination on health and mental health outcomes for people of color. Dr. Spencer is the Principal Investigator of the REACH Detroit Family Intervention, an NIH-funded, community-based, participatory research (CBPR) project that aims at reducing disparities in type 2 diabetes through the use of community health workers among Latino residents in Southwest Detroit. He also investigates the association between discrimination and physical and mental health as well as service use among Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans.

Dr. Spencer has initiated several CBPR interventions on issues related to environmental justice and intergroup relations, including dialogue groups in local high schools as a means for negotiating conflict and promoting anti-bigotry and social justice among adolescents. He teaches courses in multicultural multilingual organizing, dialogue facilitation, community development, human behavior in the social environment, and contemporary cultures in the United States. Dr. Spencer is also a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community.

Selected publications