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School receives $2.2 million in federal funding to prepare students for integrated healthcare

The UNC School of Social Work has been awarded $2.2 million in federal grants to train MSW students to work in primary care settings as behavioral and mental healthcare specialists and to prepare UNC dual-degree graduates for leadership roles in public health social work.

The larger of the two grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, was awarded as part of an initiative to increase the number of mental health and public health workers, especially those serving adolescents and young adults.


UNC study: Discrimination puts African Americans at greater risk for depression and substance abuse

A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that African Americans and Caribbean blacks who experience frequent or recurrent multiple forms of discrimination are at greater risk for developing major depressive disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, and for abusing drugs and alcohol.

Most significant, researchers found that discrimination involving disrespect and condescension alone did not appear to substantially increase risk for mental health and substance use problems. However, when adults faced this same prejudicial treatment as well as character-based and hostile treatment, they were at a much greater risk for the disorders.


UNC study: Assisted living communities home to more older adults with dementia

Findings stress additional training for staff and improved consumer education

In a first-of-its-kind national study, UNC-Chapel Hill researchers have confirmed that assisted living communities are a primary provider of residential care for older adults with dementia and that an estimated 7 out of 10 adults in these residences have some form of cognitive impairment. With these findings in mind, researchers recommended that assisted living homes consider more training for staff, especially in medication management and avoiding the use of medications to control behavior, and stressed recent recommendations that call for improved public education to help consumers better understand the varied policies and practices of assisted living.