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As part of a new program in a partnership between The Ohio State University and Honda R&D Americas, Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny will lead a project to create a monthly user group of older adults and individuals with disabilities to test, review and provide recommendations to enhance future mobility products and services. The project will be led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and community members and will be digitally documented through branded storytelling. The goal of the new partnership is to nurture innovative ideas to help make transportation easier, safer and more environmentally friendly.  Read more.

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, we bring you this special episode of the Social Change Podcast.

The college’s Karen Porter, field education coordinator, sat down with two catalysts for change – Ella Lewie and Nekyla Hawkins of It’s On Us–The Ohio State University.

No matter the month, bringing awareness to movements like It’s On Us is incredibly important in the growing dialogue of our culture at Ohio State and around the world.

 

 

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.”

For more information, click here.

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

 

Congratulations to students Taylor Ollis, Dalia Gheith, Allie Syrowski and Meghan Ninneman who had one oral and three poster presentations accepted by the 2019 Society of Student Run Free Clinics Conference, held at the University of Kansas Medical Center. All four students have field placements at the Columbus Free Clinic housed at the Rardin Family Practice at 2231 N. High Street.

Topics for the posters included how food security is addressed at the clinic, social work intervention with patients enrolled in longitudinal programs for chronic diseases and its women’s health clinic.

The oral presentation titled “It Begins and Ends with Social Work” gave a brief overview of the ongoing integration of social work at a student run free clinic and all  of the services provided.

A special shout out goes to Taylor, Dalia and Allie for attending this year’s conference!

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.

Congratulations to alumna Donna Ruch (PhD ‘17) whose research findings that incarcerated youth are more prone to suicide has attracted national media attention, including the U.S. News & World Report.

The research article titled, “Characteristics and Precipitating Circumstances of Suicide Among Incarcerated Youth,” appeared in the January 23 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Ruch is a postdoctoral fellow at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Innovation of Pediatrics Practice in Columbus, Ohio, and lead author of this research.

 

Read more:

U.S. News & World Report

HealthDay

Mental Health Weekly

WOSU Radio

Listen to WOSU Radio interview

 

 

 

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
Click here to read complete press release.

 

Congratulations to PhD student Rebecca McCloskey who was interviewed by the Huffington Post Canada in the article

“4 Science-Backed Alternative Therapies for Postpartum Depression.” The story was based on a research article published by McCloskey and CSW alumna Dr. Rebecca Reno (MSW ’13, PhD ’16) titled “Complementary health approaches for postpartum depression: A systematic review,” which appeared in the Journal of Social Work in Mental Health.

 

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.

Congratulations to College of Social Work faculty, staff and students who will be presenting at this year’s SSWR conference. Check out who’s presenting and what topics will be covered here.

Recently, BSSW student Ella Lewie led Ohio State’s chapter of “It’s On Us,” a group formed to fight the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses, at a rally and attracted the attention of local media.

The group also led a pledge drive at the Ohio Union as part of Title IX’s #MeToo Week and has participated in many other efforts to stop sexual violence.

Check out the media coverage here:

WSYX-ABC-6 TV

WBNS-10 TV

The Lantern

#OSUMETOO #ItsOnUs #BelieveSurvivors

 

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Warren whose project titled “Development of a statistical framework for the analysis of social network predictors of therapeutic community outcomes” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This is a three-year grant with total funding of nearly $700,000.

More about the project

Therapeutic communities (TCs) are residential peer support treatment programs for substance abuse, staffed by professionals. In TCs, the community itself is the method of treatment. Clinical change arises from the network of peer interactions. We will be mapping that network and learning the ways in which it predicts outcomes. For example, our pilot work indicates that residents who graduate are connected to other residents who graduate, who are connected to still other residents who graduate. Thus, your success in the program is not just a matter of the people you directly interact with, it goes out one further network jump to the people who interact with them.

For more information about Warren, click here.

Congratulations to BSSW student Katie Andraschko who was featured in Ohio State’s Fall 2018 issue of the Alumni Magazine for her impactful work at Camp Oty’Okw, run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. As a unit leader who oversees counselors, Andraschko works with kids ages 6 through 14, at the rural southern Ohio camp and also helps with research and recruitment year-round.

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Congratulations to BSSW student Adrian Jones who has been in the spotlight recently for his work as a gang violence prevention specialist through the Columbus Urban League. This summer, he received the Jonathan Jasper Wright Award from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and was also highlighted in Columbus Monthly’s July issue.

Congratulations to Dr. Bridget Freisthler who has received funding from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health for her study titled “Assessing changes in child maltreatment due to the Sacramento Neighborhood Alcohol Prevention Project.” This is a three-year grant with total funding of $1.05 million. For more information, read the project abstract.

 

 

 

College of Social Work faculty attended orientation sessions to jump start the new academic school year and meet and greet with students at Stillman Hall.

The orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information as they began  the 2018 school year.

Much success to our CSW students as they start their journey into the field of social work!

A couple hundred students gathered at Stillman Hall for orientation this year on Monday, August 20, kicking off the 2018-19 academic year. Some were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And many were new to the College of Social Work.

The orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year.

Best of luck to our CSW students as they start their journey into the field of social work!

A report recently released in Washington, D.C., by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation recognized the significant and impressive work of the Champion Intergenerational Enrichment and Education Center (IGC). IGC students, staff and participants are represented in the report, All in Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive, as well as those from Ohio State, Columbus Early Learning Center, National Church Residences and other intergenerational programs across the nation. Continue reading

Congratulations to Ashley Bennett (MSW 18) and PhD student Karla Shockley McCarthy (MSW 18) who have developed an Opioid Overdose Family Support Toolkit to help families recognize the signs of trauma in children and how to help them.

This toolkit was developed to address a gap from many practitioners about the lack of resources for families, especially children, who have witnessed or were aware of an overdose by a family member. In support of the toolkit, the students conducted a needs assessment, analyzed the results, and used that information to provide tools to help families who have experienced an opioid overdose.

Two brochures mark the end of this project: The Trauma of Witnessing an Opioid Overdose: How to Help Children, developed by Bennett and Shockley McCarthy, a Narcan Q & A, developed in conjunction with colleagues from the College of Pharmacy, as well as a website with helpful information and resources.

The College of Social Work’s Dr. Bridget Freisthler, professor and associate dean of research, supervised the project.

For more information, contact Frankie Jones-Harris at jones-harris.1@osu.edu or 614-330-2206.

Congratulations to the 534 social work BSSW, MSW and PhD students who received their degrees this spring 2018!

At the College’s Evening of Recognition on May 4, an event honoring social work graduates, an impressive 360 attended with 1,400 of their guests who packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium.

A record breaking 11,907 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

Couldn’t attend the Evening of Recognition? Click here to watch!

An impressive 360 College of Social Work graduates and 1,400 of their guests packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium on Friday, May 4, for the college’s annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring social work graduates. Momentum soared during the ceremony as students were honored with yellow roses, awards and live tweet shouts and well wishes displayed on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the auditorium stage.

Two days later, the 534 social work graduates received their degrees during The Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement. A record breaking 11,907 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

College’s Graduation Ceremony: A Unique Blend of Technology and Tradition

No one wants to miss a loved one’s graduation, but what if you’re on the other side of the country or across the ocean? The College of Social Work solves that problem for those faraway guests wishing to attend its annual pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition. With a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media, the college streams the event live so guests from all over the United States can watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage.

The event typically draws more than 125 online guests from more than 30 states–and as far away as Hawaii–as well as viewers from other countries such as Argentina and Canada. YouTube viewers have watched from as far away as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

The Evening of Recognition trends on Twitter, too. Onlookers, both via the live feed and in person, are invited to tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus.

The college, known for being technology-forward, added live streaming and tweeting during the ceremony several years ago. The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

To watch this traditional, cutting-edge way of celebrating College of Social Work graduates, click here.

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Katie Showalter who has been selected as a Fahs-Beck Scholar and will receive funding to go toward her dissertation project, “Employment Instability of Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: A Mixed Methods Study.”

To learn more about Showalter, click here.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work’s graduate program has continued to climb in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools. In the 2018 rankings, the college advanced to 7th among public universities and 15th overall among the 253 graduate social work programs in the United States. In 2016, the college ranked 9th and 17th, respectively, which was at that time its first appearance in the top 10 among publics and in the top 20 overall. Rankings are determined from an annual survey of all graduate programs.

“I’m very proud of our faculty, staff and students. This continued climb in the rankings 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,” said College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire.

For more information, contact Communications Director Frankie Jones-Harris at jones-harris.1@osu.edu or 614/330-2206.

More than 350 people recently attended an Ohio State Weekend of Veterans Awareness, held on Friday, April 6 and on Saturday, April 7.

The weekend kicked off with a free screening of the film “Thank You for Your Service” at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theatre. It was followed by a panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Finkel and a book signing at Mershon Auditorium.

On Saturday, nonprofit Run Down the Demons hosted its annual 5K Obstacle Run/Walk at Remembrance Park to raise awareness about mental health issues veterans face, such as suicide & PTSD. The 5K course is designed to be mentally & physically challenging, similar to experiencing the “unknowns” associated with PTSD. Proceeds from the 5K go toward veterans-related programming and initiatives.

The Weekend of Awareness was a collaboration of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, Office of Military and Veterans Service and nonprofit Run Down the Demons.

Dr. Bridget Freisthler and Dr. Keith Warren have been named 2018 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellows. SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society.

The SSWR Fellowship has been established by the Society to honor and to recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. SSWR Fellows serve as role models and mentors for those pursuing careers in social work research and will continue to actively advance the mission of the Society.

For more information about Freisthler, click here.
For more information about Warren, click here.
To learn more about the SSWR Fellowship Program, click here.

Williams’ Advocacy Efforts Go Viral 

Ellen Williams never expected to go viral when she tweeted “#ArmMeWith trauma-informed care trainings for teachers and principals to help work with children who are struggling with so much.” She simply wanted to express the need for resources in public schools.

Williams’ tweet gained more than 72,000 likes, was shared nearly 46,000 times and received more than 500 responses and direct messages–joining the thousands of teachers and educators supporting the ArmMeWith hashtag. Turning to social media allowed Williams to express her concerns and turn the focus from arming teachers with guns to what schools really need.

As a BSSW honors student, Williams is currently working with underprivileged children in Columbus in an after school program. For two years, she has also worked with underprivileged kids as a youth counselor with the LiFEsports summer camp.

“People need to wake up and realize this is happening just miles down the street from you. There are kids that are hungry, there are kids that don’t have backpacks,” said Williams, “My most important job when I work with kids is to ask them two simple questions, questions that are often overlooked.”

The questions: Are you okay? What’s going on?

“We need to assess kids on their mental health and figure out if they feel safe at school, at home and in their neighborhoods? Kids aren’t learning because of these outside factors.”

Williams hopes that lawmakers are listening to the people who are actually working in these situations every day, paying attention to the hashtag and starting to create polices in line with educators’ solutions.

Recently, Williams was also selected by Ohio State’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry to participate in “Takeover Tuesday” where she showcased her LiFEsports research on their Instagram account @OURCI_OSU. Last fall, the office chose Williams to present her project, “The Impact of Sport-Based Positive Youth Development Programs in Enhancing Social Competencies Among At-Risk Youth,” in Brazil at the Simpósio Internacional de Iniciação Cientificae Tecnológica da Universidade de São Paulo (SIICUSP) Conference. William’s project also won first place at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the category of “Family Dynamics Within Complex Community and Educational Systems.”

To see the NBC news coverage, click here.


Henderson Lands Story in The New Social Worker

When Tasha Henderson learned that the New Social Worker Magazine was looking for stories about why the profession is so powerful, she had to respond.

“This was my chance to share, so I wrote a piece and sent it to the editor,” said Henderson. “I was thrilled when she said she’d like to use it. I had actually reached out before to find out what kind of work she was looking for and had been watching for article calls in the online and hardcopy publications. After the acceptance, it was just a matter of waiting to see which day in March it would run.”

In her article, Henderson advocates for vulnerable youth and their families on a national platform.
Originating from McHenry, Illinois, Henderson is an MSW student specializing in school social work.  Her research interests include adolescent behavior and school social work as they relate to topics of school climate, teacher integration, and interdisciplinary teams.

She has co-authored several presentations and posters nationally and served as a teaching assistant of the college’s undergraduate course Prevention and Youth Development though Sport, Recreation and Play. Henderson also works as a student research assistant for the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI) and volunteers for the LiFEsports initiative.

Additionally, Henderson works with community organizations, schools across the nation and at-risk youth in Columbus. She continues to understand pre-existing conditions, external factors,  and outcome of intervention with youth in school and sport settings. She plans to pursue a doctoral program in social work to further research in the school social work practice.

To read Henderson’s story, click here.


Second D.C. Fly-In Helps Students Learn Role Social Workers Play in Politics 

This month, 20 College of Social Work students visited the nation’s capital with one goal in mind: to witness first-hand how the profession can play a part in politics.
Joined by 45 students from the University of Alabama, the trip marked the college’s second D.C. Fly-In, giving students a three-day window to speak directly with legislators and to learn about policy advocacy at the national level.

The Fly-In included meetings with congress representatives Terri Sewell, Joyce Beatty and Martha Roby as well as presentations by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Church World Service and other organizations and alumni. Students also advocated for identified legislation, got hands-on work in politics and received training on policy analysis. They left D.C. with a better understanding and knowledge of what it’s like to present and advocate for a bill on Capitol Hill.

Although the Fly-In officially ended on Friday, March 23, many of the students stayed to join the March for Our Lives movement in D.C., on Saturday, March 24, to advocate that students’ lives and safety become a priority and an end to mass school shootings.

 

 

Age-Friendly Columbus, in collaboration with Franklin County and The Ohio State University College of Social Work, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, February 26, at Blackburn Community Center, located at 263 Carpenter St., in Columbus. The ceremony celebrated Age-Friendly Columbus’ new office space at Blackburn, as well as its transition to Ohio State’s College of Social Work.

Attending dignitaries included Bill Armbruster, AARP National Age-Friendly Senior Advisor, City of Columbus Councilmember Michael Stinziano, Ohio State College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire and others.

In January, Age-Friendly Columbus, a collaborative initiative that serves the city’s aging population, announced its transition to the College of Social Work. Age-Friendly Columbus Director Katie White will continue to lead the initiative at the college, working alongside Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement Lisa Durham.

With the planning phase and new strategic plan complete, the College of Social Work will oversee its implementation, which includes directing the outlined goals and strategies that will shape Columbus and Franklin County into an age-friendly community for decades to come.

“We are so pleased to not only host Age-Friendly, but to be an active partner in the work that will be happening,” says College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire. “Our college has a strong presence in aging research, teaching and community engagement, and we are excited by the possibilities of what we can further develop and create with Age Friendly.”

The college’s Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny and Dr. Shannon Jarrott are at the forefront of aging research and expertise. They’re also involved in a one-of-a-kind, innovative intergenerational day care hosted by the college and located in a low-income neighborhood. The center blends generations and serves older adults and children together while also training students from multiple disciplines.

“The Age-Friendly initiative will provide students and faculty the opportunity to work in collaboration with older adults to support a high quality of life for people of all ages,” says Dabelko-Schoeny. “We have the opportunity to engage across disciplines and with the public and private sectors to make our community the best place to live for all generations.”

The move also comes at a crucial time. Central Ohio’s population of 65 years or older is going to double over the next 35 years. Insight2050 revealed that older adults are seeking walkable communities and a different style of home – smaller and in mixed-use neighborhoods. This single demographic change will have a huge impact on housing, transportation, and employment.

Age-Friendly Columbus previously operated under the guidance of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). Funders for Age-Friendly Columbus include the Franklin County Office on Aging, City of Columbus, Columbus City Council, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and The Columbus Foundation.

About the College of Social Work
First accredited in 1919, the College of Social Work is the oldest continuously accredited public social work program in the country.  The College–through excellence in teaching, research, and service–prepares leaders who enhance individual and community well-being, celebrate difference, and promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. The college fosters social change through collaboration with individuals, families, communities, and other change agents to build strengths and resolve complex individual and social problems. As an internationally recognized college, it builds and applies knowledge that positively impacts Ohio, the nation, and the world. The college’s vision is to “embrace difference, seek justice, and be the change.”

For more information, contact:

  • Katie White, Age-Friendly Columbus Director, white.3073@osu.edu.
  • Frankie Jones-Harris, OSU College of Social Work Communications Director, 614-330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

 

Congratulations to BSSW student Ellen Williams who was recently selected by Ohio State’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry to participate in “Takeover Tuesday” where she showcased her LiFEsports research on their Instagram account @OURCI_OSU. Last fall, the office chose Williams to present her project, “The Impact of Sport-Based Positive Youth Development Programs in Enhancing Social Competencies Among At-Risk Youth,” in Brazil at the Simpósio Internacional de Iniciação Cientificae Tecnológica da Universidade de São Paulo (SIICUSP) Conference. Her project also won first place at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the category of “Family Dynamics Within Complex Community and Educational Systems.” Williams is an honors student and has also worked as a youth counselor at the LiFEsports summer camp for two years.

To learn more about LiFEsports, click here.