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News Items – January 22, 2020

news items logo oneAda Deer is a member:
Ada Deer, Kenneth Cole Named Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Honorees
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and City of Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced today that Ada Deer and Kenneth R. Cole are this year’s recipients of the combined City-County Humanitarian Award honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award winners were selected by the City-County Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and are community members who reflect the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.…  In 1976, Ada was recruited to come to UW-Madison to teach at the UW School of Social Work. Through her instruction, Ada exposed many future social workers to the needs of communities of color and low-income people.

Ian Holloway is a member:
California’s Plan to Improve PrEP Uptake A Model for Other States?: Public Health Watch
“We expect SB159 to reduce many of the barriers to PrEP uptake,” Ian W. Holloway, PhD, LCSW, MPH, a licensed clinical social worker and an associate professor of social welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, told Contagion®. Holloway also serves as a principal investigator with the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers (CHPRC), and there are 2 recent reports from this group support his statement.

Molly Carmel is a member:
How to lose weight, eat less sugar: Woman loses 175 pounds by breaking addiction
The Today Show
As an eating disorders therapist who couldn’t control her own weight, Molly Carmel was desperate to get a hold on the problem. She spent years trying most every diet and exercise program, and underwent bariatric surgery, but nothing worked in the long-term. At 5 feet 7 inches tall, she reached 325 pounds in her 20s. Through it all, one food was a constant. “I would turn to sugar — of course I would. It soothed me, it numbed me, it comforted me,” Carmel, now 42 and author of the new book, “Breaking Up With Sugar: Divorce the Diets, Drop the Pounds, and Live Your Best Life,” told TODAY.

Will Francis is executive director of NASW-TX:
Foster children are still sleeping in state offices amid shortage of homes
But foster care advocates say there needs to be more earnest efforts to address the problem by paying foster providers as much as a full-time salary and implementing system changes to better recruit and retain providers who can support foster youth with complex needs. “It’s going to take a really strong look, and then it’s going to take backing by the Legislature to say, ‘This is not a fixed issue.’ We need to continue to fund it and support it,” said Will Francis, executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

To Help Improve Lives Of Foster Kids, Texas’ Child Welfare Agency Commits To Smaller Caseloads
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is rolling out new internal guidelines this week to reduce the caseloads of frontline staff who work with children in the foster care system. “This is huge. I don’t think the size of this impact can be minimized. It is really, really big,” said Will Francis, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter.



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