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Annual Blanche Grosswald Memorial Lecture
February 15, 2015

Every year, the School of Social Work sponsors the Annual Blanche Grosswald Memorial Lecture. On March 9, 2015 from 4:30-6:15pm, our community welcomes a very special guest lecturer: Dr. Rajiv Bhatia. Dr. Bhatia works as a physician and data scientist, with a past in policy work. Rajiv's work focuses on economic insecurity, hunger, poor housing and other unmet needs which are undermining the possibilities for health within his community.

Formerly the Director of Environmental Health for the San Francisco's Department of Public Health, Dr. Bhatia created and led the Program on Health Equity and Sustainability which became a resource for civic engagement, a voice for health equity in city policy, and a national model for Health in All Policies. He now directs The Civic Engine, a consulting firm that engages with various facets of social work to design information solutions for population health and sustainability.

In his lecture, Dr. Bhatia will take participants through the trajectory of his work, including the use of health impact assessments in advocacy for labor working conditions and standards. He will share his own challenges to advocating and organizing beyond a profession’s boundaries and explore a range of possibilities for a practitioner committed to social justice.

The lecture itself began as a memoriam for Blache Grosswald, a former assistant professor at the School of Social Work from 2001-2003. The main focus of her research involved work and family, women, social justice and human rights. Her research interest overlapped several fields including social welfare, sociology, public health, law, labor, and health policy. She was a beloved wife, friend, teacher and social worker.

One Continuing Education Credit will be granted upon request for students.

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