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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

Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice

Health Care Reform Event

FEBRUARY 24, 2014
1:15–1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-5:00 p.m. Program and Reception
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons. Maps and directions
Parking available. See parking rates and information
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3.4 CEUs

Boston College students, alumni, faculty, staff, field agencies, and advisors are invited to attend an afternoon conference, "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice," to examine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the challenges and opportunities for expanding the roles and influence of social workers. This event brings together leaders and social work practitioners to provide insight into the future landscape for social workers.

The event will conclude with a reception in honor of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work alumnus Angelo McClain, PhD '01, the current Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Keynote Address: "Social Work & Health Care—One View On the Future"

Charles D. Baker, Jr.
Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts
Former Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Panel Discussion

Moderator
Angelo McClain, PhD '01
Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Social Workers
Former Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Panelists
Carol Kress, MSW, LICSW
Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

Mary Neagle, MSW, LICSW
Co-director, Integrative Care Management Program (iCMP), Partners Health Care

Rebecca Osario, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Integrated Care Management Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

J. Scott Turton, MSW, LICSW
Director of Primary Care Integration and Electronic Medical Records Implementation, Gosnold on Cape Cod

WATCH VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT »