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UNC researchers to investigate whether art can enhance health care of Latino adolescents

UNC School of Social Work Associate Professor Mimi Chapman has shown that art can be used as a teaching tool for helping students, educators, and social workers to better understand the migration and cultural life experiences of Latinos and other diverse populations. Now, thanks to a $300,000 federal grant, Chapman and a trans-disciplinary team of UNC scholars are preparing to investigate whether art can also help to enhance the health care of Latino adolescents.

Annual evening information session event to be held Sept. 23

On Monday, Sept. 23, the School will hold its 2013 evening MSW Program Information Session from 5:30-8:00 p.m. All prospective students are invited to attend. Registration and a light reception will begin in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium.

• Meet the Dean of the School of Social Work, faculty, staff, current students and alumni.
• Learn the distinctions of Carolina’s MSW Program.
• Listen to faculty panel discuss program options.
• Learn how to become a competitive applicant.
• Receive information on financial aid resources.

New study aims to improve mouth care, reduce disease in older adults

In recent years, research has suggested that pneumonia, the leading cause of infectious death in nursing homes, could be prevented if residents received better daily mouth care. Now, a new UNC study could pinpoint just how significant an effect improved brushing and flossing could have on infection prevention in older adults.

Community intervention program reduces repeat intimate-partner violence

Mothers with children who completed a mandatory community intimate-partner violence (IPV) program were less likely to be re-victimized and more likely to leave an abusive spouse or partner, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Changes in Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Mandated to Community Services” was published online recently in the journal, Research and Social Work Practice. Rebecca Macy, L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families and professor in UNC’s School of Social Work, directed the five-year study.

UNC researcher partners with Pitt County to prevent domestic violence homicides

For most of her academic career, UNC researcher Rebecca Macy, Ph.D., has focused her work on solutions to prevent domestic violence and to help survivors successfully recover.

Over the next year, the School of Social Work professor will increase those efforts by partnering with law enforcement officers and community advocates in Eastern North Carolina to proactively tackle domestic violence homicides. The goal: to quickly identify women who are in potentially fatal abusive relationships or in households of risk and to connect them to services before it’s too late.