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News Items – May 17, 2013

North Clackamas School news: Rowe Middle School worker wins Oregon PTA award
Oregon PTA has presented its most prestigious award to Evan King, school social worker at Rowe Middle School, for her work to end hunger among the school’s students. King established a lunch fund that cafeteria staff can use when a child does not have lunch money. She also instituted a high-protein afternoon snack for every student.

UOG Social Work Students Conduct Outreach in Chuuk – Pacific News Center
Pacific News Center
Guam – University of Guam Social Work Students from the SW-400 “Fields of Social Work Practice: Social Work in Chuuk” class recently facilitated a “Mother-Daughter Conference”, in partnership with the Chuuk Women’s Council on the island of Weno, Chuuk.

Rutgers School of Social Work to Train Delegation of Senior Executives from China
News from Rutgers
Rutgers School of Social Work’s Institute for Families will train a delegation of 25 senior executives and leaders from China as part of its Nongovernment Organization Leadership (NGO) program. This training program will expose leaders to the essential the essential skills and knowledge required to successfully lead NGOs.

Demand to hear social visionary, Pittsburgh entrepreneur so great talk now open to the public
Now, Bill Strickland and University of Kentucky master’s of social work graduate Josh Nadzam are bringing the model to Lexington. Originally, Nadzam intended to bring Strickland to speak to “key stakeholders and those who were serious about making this happen in Lexington.” Nadzam restricted the group to 25-50 people who would be involved in replicating Strickland’s Pittsburgh project locally.

Castleton professor to be honored for work with men, women leaving prison
The Eagle
Jackson, who teaches social work at Castleton, has quietly worked to help Rutland Dismas House which offers transitional housing to men and women coming out of prison. As Jackson describes it, Dismas House’s mission is to “reconcile prisoners with society and society with prisoners.” To honor Jackson for her efforts in realizing Dismas House’s difficult mission, she will receive the Rutland Dismas House’s Mary O’ Award next month.

Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military
Social Justice Solutions
However, what is disturbing to me not only as a veteran, but as a social work student, is the absence of veteran advocates for the survivors of sexual assault in the military, as they represent one of the most vulnerable in this demographic.

In defense of prevention, and the prevention fund
The Hill
Three years ago, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, the bill set up something that was unusually far-thinking by Washington standards: an ongoing funding source dedicated to preventing illness before it occurs. For me, the creation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund was an affirmation of the work I’ve been doing for three decades to curb the use of tobacco and prevent illness and injury before it occurs, and elevate the idea that all communities can and should be healthy places.

UB’s School of Social Work podcast series receives national award
UB News Center
BUFFALO, N.Y. – inSocialWork – formerly known as Living Proof – the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work podcast series, has won a national award in the “Best Website” category of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Media Awards.

Lawrence social worker helps patients live their own lives
Lawrence Journal World
Lawrence social worker Felicia Shockey is the inaugural recipient of the Crossroads Hospice Caring More Award. Recently, Shockey provided a training workshop for social workers where she used gloves to demonstrate how nerve loss and arthritis effects seniors’ hand mobility and dexterity.

Fight, flight or freeze: Understanding mental, physical effects of trauma
Bangor Daily News
Substance abuse and mental health issues are often linked, underlying the fact that good health requires people to take care of both their physical and emotional needs, according to Angela Fileccia, a licensed clinical social worker with Summer Street Health Center in Bangor.

Polish walkway named for woman who saved Jews –
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, right, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz,center, and Janina Zgrzembska,left, the daughter of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker credited with saving 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, unveil a sign for a walkway named after Sendler, in Warsaw, Poland on wednesday May 15, 2013.

Mental Health, Social Work Leaders to Be Honored by Mental Health America
Wall Street Journal
Mental Health America will honor Pam Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Dr. Elizabeth Clark, the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), for their contributions and service to the mental health field at its 2013 Annual Conference, Why Wellness Works: Breakthroughs and Pathways to Whole Health, June 5-8, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC.

Longtime Highland Park Resident Helps Provide Much Needed Therapeutic Help
Chicago Tribune
A 37-year resident of Highland Park, Edward Kaufman, MSW, LCSW, BCD, has been in private practice in the Chicago area for nearly 45 years and in Highland Park since 1976, specializing in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Mr. Kaufman’s civic and cultural involvement in Highland Park includes serving on the Mayor’s Commission on Vandalism, the Youth Commission Board of Directors, and the Apple Tree Theatre Board.

Eagan named social services chief
Charlotte Post
“As a certified social worker, she understands the importance of the social work profession and the impact social workers make in the lives of the people they serve. “Peggy also has been building and sustaining positive human services partnerships in in our community for nearly two decades, and her exemplary work on behalf of those in need in this community is widely recognized by many human service agencies and professionals.”

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