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College Leads Federally Funded Initiative’s Core to Reduce Opioid Deaths by 40 Percent

The College of Social Work is pleased to announce its involvement in a new Ohio initiative that aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 19 Ohio counties, including nine rural counties, six of which are in Appalachia.

The new initiative, part of the federal HEALing Communities Study, will use real-time research to focus prevention, treatment and recovery programs in the state, which has been hit especially hard by opioid deaths.The study is a $350 million investment by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); its HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) initiative is designed to reduce overdose deaths by 40 percent in participating communities.

In total, Ohio will receive $65.9 million federal research grant dollars to address the opioid epidemic and implement interventions, headed by The Ohio State University, and including a consortium of academic, state and community partners.

The college’s Dr. Bridget Freisthler, professor and associate dean for research and faculty development, will lead the initiative’s Community Engagement core, along with the College of Public Health’s Dr. Pamela Salsberry, professor and associate dean for community outreach and engagement. Embedded in their work is the perspective that communities are the experts of their local environment. Freisthler and Salsberry will work with communities to identify and implement evidence-based interventions that will be most likely to reduce opioid overdose deaths given their local context, determine ways to strengthen connections of agencies involved in local coalitions, and work with communities to try and reduce stigma related to addiction and treatment.

“This is a real opportunity for Ohio to reverse the entrenched problem of opioid misuse and overdoses while drawing on the strengths and resources of local communities,” says Freisthler. “By providing counties with the much needed training, technical assistance and funding to implement evidence-based interventions, we hope to bring solutions to the many families affected by this epidemic.”

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For an interview with Freisthler, contact Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director, at 614/330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

 

College Ranks 6th among Publics, Top 13 Overall

The Ohio State University College of Social Work’s graduate program is celebrating another milestone as it climbs in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools. In the 2020 rankings, the college advanced to 6th among public universities and 13th overall among the 268 graduate social work programs in the United States.
Last year, the college ranked 7th and 15th respectively. In 2016, the college marked its first appearance in the top 10 among publics and in the top 20 overall, ranking 9th and 17th, respectively. Rankings are determined from an annual survey of all graduate programs.
“Our continued climb in the rankings is a direct result of the hard work of our faculty, staff and students,” said College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire. “Our success reflects their impact as innovative scholars and creative instructors in the field and the classroom. We are a community of difference makers, and I’m happy that our impact is recognized in this way.”
The newly announced ranking landmark is especially significant as the college celebrates its 100th year anniversary.

New First-of-Its-Kind Pilot Program Targets Well Care for Homebound Adults and Their Pets

The College of Social Work has partnered with Ohio State’s Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine to provide care to homebound adults and their pets.
The POP (Pet Owner and Pet) Care pilot program is funded through a Hillman Foundation Emergent Innovations grant. It joins the knowledge and service of three academic colleges to transition a pattern of reactive sick care into proactive, holistic well care for homebound adults with multiple chronic conditions and Read complete press release
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College of Social Work Well Represented at 2019 SSWR Conference

 

Congratulations to College of Social Work faculty, staff and students who are presenting at this year’s SSWR conference. The Society for Social Work and Research advances, disseminates, and translates research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, just, and equitable society. Check out who’s presenting and what topics will be covered here.

Dean’s New Podcast Invites Listeners To Be Grateful, Raise Their Gaze, See People and More

Tom Gregoire

“People who are in touch with their gratitude are more likely to be happy. You don’t have to drink it or smoke it. You just have to think about what you care about, what you’re grateful for and what is right in the world for you.”

This quote is just a sampling from the college’s latest Social Change Podcast by Dean Tom Gregoire. Listen as he offers a thankful reflection on 2018 and the coming year.