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Monthly Archives: July 2012

College Part of New Statewide Initiative to Train Healthcare Professionals, Better Serve Ohio’s Medicaid Recipients

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is part of a new state initiative designed to improve delivery of a variety of health-related services to Ohioans of all ages enrolled in the Medicaid program.

The statewide program, called the Ohio Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Healthcare Access Initiative, is aimed at training more than 1,000 students, residents, fellows and practitioners, with Ohio State’s project alone seeking to train more than 500 students. Ohio State’s interdisciplinary team involved in the program represents the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Social Work.

To read more about the initiative, click here.


Two New Social Work Faculty to Start this Fall

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is pleased to announce the hiring of two new faculty members. Both will join the college this fall.

Dr. Alicia C. Bunger will be joining the college from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Systems and Services Research program. Bunger earned her PhD in 2010 from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and an MSW in 2003 from Rutgers University with a concentration in administration, policy, and planning. Her research interests include non-profit administration, organizations and systems, mental health services, social networks, and implementation of new practices.



Dr. Michelle L. Kaiser joins us from the University of Missouri School of Social Work and will graduate in May 2012.  Her dissertation is titled, "Cultivating a Landscape for Food Justice:Using Food Environment Indicators to Inform Community-Based Intervention Strategies."  Kaiser is a research assistant with MU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, as well as the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems.  She is a part of multiple community-based research projects addressing food security, a statewide Hunger Atlas project, and a national food justice symposium.  Kaiser earned her BA in Social Work from the University of Iowa (’01), her MSW from the University of South Carolina (’04) and her MPH from the University of Missouri (’11).  Her research interests include community food security, health disparities among vulnerable populations, interdisciplinary research teams, community-based participatory research, and economic, environmental, and social justice.