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News Items – May 31, 2013

Senior bullying a ‘new phenomenon’ for Brevard, nation
“Where we are now with senior bullying is very similar to where we were with youth bullying some 40 years ago, so it’s a new phenomenon to recognize it as a problem,” said Robin Bonifas, an Arizona State University assistant professor of social work. Her pilot study found 10 to 20 percent of seniors in care facilities experience some form of bullying by peers.

Pennsylvania’s acting welfare chief has ‘big stuff’ on plate
HARRISBURG — Beverly Mackereth has come a long way since her time as a social worker at the York County Blind Center, aiding visually impaired clients in finding services. Or her years as a caseworker at the county’s Children and Youth Services agency, overseeing investigations of child abuse.

Samira Beckwith, honorary survivor chair for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The Lee County American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer executive committee has named Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare Services, as honorary survivor chair for the 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event taking place on Oct. 19.

Crime drops at apartment complex after police hire social worker
Chicago Tribune
When social worker Natalia Mercado joined the Rolling Meadows Police Department earlier this year, crime rates were up 25 percent in the East Park Apartments. Now, they’re down significantly, and although she said she can’t take all of the credit, she admits she’s been busy.

UTEP-Based TB Awareness Program Honored
The Nuestra Casa Initiative, spearheaded by Assistant Professor of Social Work Eva Moya, Ph.D., is an interactive advocacy, communication and social mobilization tool that raised the public’s awareness about tuberculosis. One of the project’s major components was the Nuestra Casa exhibit at UTEP’s Centennial Museum.

Feature – Through Airmen’s Eyes: Airman makes most of AF educational
Air Force Link
“My goal was to get an education and get out,” Young said, adding that it was a conversation with an Air Force social worker that put her on the road to her current position. She received her degree in social psychology at Park University, and then went on to get a graduate degree in public administration, her first of two master’s degrees. She then received special permission to attend the University of Texas School Of Social work in Austin, Texas, while serving on active duty.

This really isn’t ‘your grandma’s senior center’ anymore
Iowa City Press Citizen
As Masters of Social Work students at the University of Iowa, we were given the opportunity this past semester to work closely with an organization in our community. We were matched with the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center for a semester-long organizational development project.

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