November 2015
University of Illinois School of Social Work ranked #3 for 2015 Top MSW Online Programs by OnlineU 


OnlineU notes that the 2015 Top Online MSW Programs are all CSWE-accredited and were selected using a synthesis of ranking factors that indicate a strong student body and competitive institution. The top 10 online MSW programs all have low acceptance rates, high enrollment rates, and exceptionally high student entrance exam scores.
New grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, clinicians


A federal grant of more than $919,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund one new course at the University of Illinois and support training for clinicians at area agencies in conducting early interventions with people who abuse substances.

The training will be accomplished using a computer simulation called the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol, an early intervention often used in hospital emergency rooms and other public health settings to screen people for substance abuse problems.

University of Illinois School of Social Work professor Douglas C. Smith is the principal investigator and professor Liliane Windsor is the project co-director.

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Health care, research failing to adapt to US' growing multiracial population 

A new study led by University of Illinois School of Social Work professor, Dr. Karen Tabb Dina, suggests that some multi-racial young adults are not being considered when it comes to certain health issues. Tabb has been researching the overall racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States for years. Tabb's most recent study found an alarming trend that some bi-racial groups were less likely to use health care services compared to white Americans. She also says availability to health care in their neighborhoods, insurance or a form of payment, could contribute to the issue.

School of Social Work to welcome Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) in early 2016 

We are excited to announce this new addition to the School of Social Work. Stay tuned in early 2016 for news and updates of this important collaboration.

"With CPRD's commitment to working with state and community agencies for health and human service reform and quality improvement, the Center is an excellent addition to the School and will help us achieve our mission and goals. Their presence will provide opportunities for more students to engage in community-based research and to develop partnerships with faculty. Along with our Children and Family Research Center, CPRD will help us move toward our goal of forming a Center of Excellence in child behavioral health."  -Dean Wynne Korr

Learn more about the Center  
CPRD seeks to support public policy in three ways:
  1. improving state and community capacity for prevention
  2. improving prevention and educational practices through research and evaluation
  3. improving policies and decision making
CPRD concentrates its efforts in the areas of school reform and after-school evaluation, health and human service reform, and prevention science. The Center focuses on an ecological framework, where populations and environment intersect, specializing in policy analysis, applied research and evaluation, online data systems and professional development and training.

Since 1989, CPRD has a long history of creating and maintaining successful collaborative partnerships with local, state, and national organizations, agencies, and businesses. 
Cooperatives moving into the care economy 
An interview with PhD student, Lenore Matthew

SSW PhD student, Lenore Matthew is currently working in a research internship on Social Care Cooperatives with the International Labor Organization, a division of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. In this position, she works across two departments, the Cooperatives Unit (COOP) in the Enterprises Department, and the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED). Matthew recently presented new research showing how cooperatives are increasingly providing care for the elderly, people with disabilities and children.
9th Annual Brieland Visiting Scholar Lecture 
Child Trafficking: A Call to Action
Monday, November 9, 2015
School of Social Work, Room 2015
4:00 p.m.
Reception to follow

Human trafficking is a violation of the dignity of mind, body, and spirit. Children, due to their age and development, are extremely vulnerable to this heinous crime. Survivors of human trafficking, however, are also incredibly resilient. This lecture will address the historical development of the statutory framework for our modern anti-trafficking laws, an overview of existing policies and interventions affecting children, and a call for a broader, human rights framework to empower survivors and prevent the trafficking of children in the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found on our website

SSW ranked #3 for online MSW programs
New grant funds computer simulation
Multiracial data for health disparities lacking
Center for Prevention Research and Development
Brieland Visiting Scholar Lecture