JANUARY 21, 2016
The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.
Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence. See bio »
MARCH 17, 2016
The BC community is invited to attend an event with UT Austin Professor Yolanda C. Padilla and Director of the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, a center at the Council on Social Work Education. Padilla will present a talk titled, "Practice Behaviors that Matter: Latina Perceptions of the Health Care System." This event is hosted by BC Social Work's Latino Leadership Initiative.
Evidence-based practice requires testing the effectiveness of interventions. However, without an understanding of how clients interpret their interactions with providers and the context of their lives, the interventions are likely to fall short. This paper will present preliminary results of a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies on the perception of Latina women receiving prenatal care. The context of hidden risk factors in this population is analyzed and the implications of perceptions of informal social support for the provision of formal services will be discussed.
Yolanda C. Padilla, PhD, MSSW, is Professor of Social Work and Women's Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, a center of the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Padilla investigates racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being in the United States, particularly outcomes in Latino and Mexican immigrant populations. She has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and the St. David's Foundation. Her recent publications, in collaboration with co-investigators, have covered the ties of immigrants to countries of origin through remittances, new perspectives on the integration of Latino immigrants, economic insecurity and access to the social safety net among Latino US-born and immigrant farmworker families, and assimilation and emerging health disparities among new generations of US children. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Research. In 2015-2016, she served as Vice President Conference Chair of the Society for Social Work and Research. Dr. Padilla is a licensed social worker in the state of Texas.