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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

Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults

JUNE 11, 2013
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP required by May 28, 2013, to agingouttaskforce@gmail.com.

The Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults will bring together representatives of agencies with successful housing programs for vulnerable populations from across Massachusetts to discuss who they serve, what type of housing and services are provided, where housing is located, when and how it was established, and why their program is working.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Department of Child & Family Serivces (DCF) Care and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Schedule
9:009:30 a.m. Welcome and Continental Breakfast
9:3011:00 a.m. Panel Presentations
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Welcome and Continental Breakfast
The program will begin with a welcome address presented by Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD, President & CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers, and Maria Z. Mossaides, JD, Executive Director, Cambridge Family & Children's Service.

Panel Presentations
Representatives from five area programs, Gándara Center of Springfield, The Children's Study Home of Springfield, Dial/Self of Greenfield, Caritas Communities of Braintree, and The Home for Little Wanderers of Boston, will present about their housing programs for vulnerable populations:

Pamela Cook — Director, Gándara Center
Kim Majewski — Director of Community Services, Gándara Center
Kaylee Nicholls — Case Manager, Gándara Center
Eliza Crescentini — Executive Director, The Children's Study Home
Christine Lopez — Director of Residential Programs, The Children's Study Home
Robert Perry — Community Volunteer, The Children's Study Program
Phillip Ringwood — Acting Executive Director, Dial/Self
Lisa Goldsmith — Senior Director of Programs, Dial/Self
Mark Winkeller — Executive Director, Caritas Communities
Lavette Pitts — Program Director, Roxbury Village, The Home for Little Wanderers

Roundtable Discussion and Audience Q&A
The program will close with a roundtable discussion with a question and answer session facilitated by Stephanie Berzin, PhD, MSSW, Chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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The Massachusetts Task Force on Aging Out of DCF Care is a coalition co-chaired by the Home for Little Wanderers and Cambridge Family & Children's Service. Overall membership includes more than 40 child welfare and human service providers, state agencies, and others who, through advocacy, research and public education, are working to help youth in transition have the tools necessary to be contributing members of their communities.