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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

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.