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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

Health Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for Social Work

Guest lecturer Turnbull
Nancy Turnbull

OCTOBER 25, 2013
12:00–1:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521

As health care reform continues to unfold across the U.S., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will explore the context of the reform and its impact on the social work profession. Our school will invite key thought-leaders on health care to speak in a series of presentations this fall, culminating in the "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice Forum" on February 24, 2014. Kicking off the series is a presentation by Nancy Turnbull, a national expert on health care and the consumer perspective.

Turnbull is an associate dean and senior lecturer on health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. She currently serves as the consumer representative on the board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the state's insurance exchange. Turnbull is also on the board of the board of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a consumer-governed organization that provides integrated physical and behavioral health.

Sponsored by the Health & Mental Health Concentration. Lunch will be served. The entire GSSW community is welcome.