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Experts tackle “wicked problems” of child welfare

Dozens of child welfare experts will gather at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Feb. 22-23 (Wednesday and Thursday) for the first in series of national meetings aimed at forging solutions to keep children safe and healthy.

Because of their complexity, the field has deemed certain challenges “wicked problems.” The term was coined to describe tricky policy problems that defy ordinary solutions.

Lecture to reveal how cost-effectiveness can help secure funding for social programs

A lecture on "Using Evidence on Cost-Effectiveness to Guide Social Policy and Spending," featuring two prominent guest speakers, will be held on Wed., Feb. 22, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the School of Social Work's auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Read more

Project aims to help poor youth in Kenya

Six months ago, UNC’s School of Social Work partnered with the nonprofit Carolina for Kibera (CFK) to help some of Kenya’s poorest youth lift themselves out of poverty. Following a weeklong visit to Kibera last month, Gina Chowa, who is leading the joint venture, said she expects the project to kick off its pilot program by August of next year and then move forward with a full intervention program by 2013.

Collaborative launches statewide social services jobs website

People seeking North Carolina social services jobs no longer have to pore through 100 county websites.

Now, thanks to the N.C. Child Welfare Workforce Collaborative at the UNC School of Social Work, there is a central online solution -- the N.C. Social Services Jobs Registry.

Schools of Social Work and Public Health mark 25th anniversary of dual degree program

Years ago, two UNC Schools joined together to prepare students who are passionate about preventing problems and to train those who are committed to solving them. Since then, more than 100 graduates have passed through the doors of the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Social Work to earn a dual master’s degree. It’s a significant milestone for the 25th anniversary of a program that continues to produce leaders at the community, state, national and global levels.