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Good News: SSW Faculty and Staff Bulletin, July 2015
July 20, 2015

Patricia Findley, along with faculty and students from the School of Social Work, New Jersey Medical School, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Nursing, has been selected by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Primary Care Progress, and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to participate in the 2015 Inter-Professional Student Hot Spotting Mini-Grant Project. This learning collaborative was led by Dr. Jeffery Brenner, the MacArthur Fellow well known for his “hot spotting” work (i.e. helping “super utilizers” of the emergency room by treating other social determinants of care). They are one of 10 teams selected. Several social work students will join the training and will help to implement and evaluate the project from July-December 2015.

Representing the School of Social Work, Patricia Findley will hold a co-investigator role on a Health Services Resource Service Administration grant awarded to the School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Kim Fenesy and Jeannette Decastro are co-PIs. This is an interdisciplinary grant titled “Special Populations Interprofessional Care Experiences (SPICE).” The goal of the project is to place dental students in community-based clinics where they will work with dental hygiene, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, and social work students. In addition to providing preventive services, dental students will train other students to apply fluoride varnish and conduct oral exams. This is a 5 year, $1,923,158 grant.


Michael LaSala presented a workshop entitled “The Power of the Family: Parents, Gay and Lesbian Youth and HIV Risk” at the annual conference of the American Family Therapy Academy in Vancouver, WA on June 4th.

Michael LaSala and Robert Garfield were interviewed on the topic of gay male friendships on Voices in the Family by Dan Gottlieb on WHYY National Public Radio in Philadelphia on June 22nd.

Michael LaSala was quoted in an article entitled “Mom of 8-Year-Old Gay Pride Marcher Responds to Critics” in the blog,

Michael LaSala was quoted in an article entitled “Social Work in the Public Eye” in the blog,

Michael LaSala’s blog post “Is it OK Not to Come Out? For LGBT Youth, Staying in the Closet is Sometimes the Smart Choice” was published on July 13th under the topic Gay and Lesbian Well-Beingin


Michael MacKenzie was appointed to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.


Lenna Nepomnyaschy, was quoted in Why We Should Stop Blaming Poverty and Parents for Hungry Kids | Acumen | OZY. Ozymandias ('OZY') is a daily digital magazine.


Andrew Peterson is promoted to the rank of Professor with tenure.


Bill Waldman is appointed to serve as a Visiting Associate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics for the 2015-2016 Program Year.


Karen Zurlo, a member of the Gerontological Society of America, was invited to represent the Society and to present a paper at the International Symposium on Public Policy Challenges in an

Aging Society at the Institute of Public Policy and Governance, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, China in June 2015. Karen’s research interests include gerontology, retirement,

financial well-being, health, life course development, social welfare policy, psychosocial interventions, and international social work. She conducts qualitative and quantitative research on older adults and retirement-related topics that include financial well-being, health, life course development.

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