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 »
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 »
Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.
The day will culminate in an awards ceremony for the winning prototype from the student presentations. The ceremony and plaque are sponsored by the first SIL graduating cohort, the class of 2013.
The 2014 winning team is first year macro students Ian Witherby, Joel Danforth, Kristle Sylvester, and Megan Van Ness, who developed the project "MYVIEW – Mentoring Youth Via Internet & Electronic Worlds." The project capitalizes on the technological savvy of today's youth to promote a supportive community for questioning, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth ages 13 to 21.
Michael Moloney, President and CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates, a Massachusetts nonprofit serving 3,500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Moloney was named "Master Social Innovator" by the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for his innovative work in leveraging sustainable partnerships among leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. He is a member of the Board of Directors and incoming Chairperson of the Provider's Council, which represents 220 organizations and over 100,000 staff, and he provides leadership for the Caring Force, a grassroots effort advocating for better economic conditions for direct support staff.
Suzin Bartley, Executive Director of the Children's Trust
Humberto Camarena, Assistant Director of the Boston College Center for Social Innovation
Laura Foote, Adjunct Lecturer on Social Enterprise and Crisis Leadership in the Carroll School of Management
Daniel Nakamoto, Executive Director of Administrative Services, North American Family Institute