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News Items – July 30, 2019

Autumn Yates is a member:
Houses of God, and harm reduction
North Carolina Health News
On a recent Monday morning, a clean syringe and a bottle of naloxone got passed around the room at Grace United Methodist Church. Alongside a buffet of bagels and coffee, the Greensboro parish’s tables were scattered with leaflets of scripture recommendations, example prayers and supply lists, all on the theme of harm reduction. As the overdose-reversing drug went from hand to hand, Autumn Yates ticked off the signs of an overdose to the attending clergy, and what to do in such an emergency.

Sherry Saturno is a member:
Despite Their Importance, Many Nursing Homes Lack Social Workers
Forbes
Sherry Saturno, who has experience as a social worker and as a nursing home administrator, also emphasizes that well-trained social workers can be forceful advocates for both residents and family members. Saturno is licensed as a clinical social worker and nursing home administrator in New York and is certified in clinical social work. “They support residents and families who are trying to navigate services. They provide clinical support. They put together a care plan and monitor it,” says Saturno, who is currently executive director of Gramatan Village, a Bronxville, N.Y. nonprofit that helps older adults who want to age at home.

 

Luis Zayas is a member:
People of color are embracing self-care, activism after Trump’s latest racist tweets
USA Today
“It does really strike fear in people’s hearts and minds and leaves them disoriented as to what we do next,” said Luis H. Zayas, professor of social work and psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin. “But it’s always good to be around people with whom you can commiserate with and get together with other people who are similarly targeted.” Zayas said oppressed racial or religious groups should form safe spaces where they can share information and comfort each other. Closed social media groups are being used by some people to stay connected, he said.

Amanda Starfield is a member:
[Video] Teen suicide rates on the rise across the U.S.
WWLP (Springfield, MA)
Why are so many young people in our country taking their own lives? What are the numbers here in western Massachusetts? And what can be done to prevent this growing problem? 22News digital reporter Monica Ricci discussed teen suicide with Amanda Starfield, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with the Center for Human Development.

Nina Heller is a member:
UConn ‘Angels’ Bring Legal, Mental Health Aid to Asylum-Seekers
UConn Today
“The School of Social Work shares with the Law School dual missions of preparing students for professional practice and adding to our respective knowledge bases,” said Nina Rovinelli Heller, the dean of the School of Social Work and a clinical social worker who participated in the trip for the first time this year. “As our two schools have worked together on this detention project, we are increasingly aware of points of convergence in social justice practice. The combination of law and social work can yield important initiatives on behalf of many oppressed and disadvantaged groups.”

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