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Assistant professor Amy Wilson recently presented, “Tiny Homes are Huge for People with Serious Mental Illness,” at the 24th Mental Health Services Research Conference in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s conference: Advancing the Science and Impact of Mental Health Services Research. What’s the Next Big Thing? Wilson was also among 10 faculty members at UNC to be selected for the seventh class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. Leaders in their respective fields, these faculty members will participate in the two-year program sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service. The program brings together faculty from across campus to engage in an experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship.

The Jordan Institute for Families has launched its inaugural newsletter. This month, readers can learn more about the latest with the North Carolina Early Home Visiting Program. The newsletter features a landscape study that provides the first in-depth analysis of the field of maternal and child health home visiting (HV) in its current form in the state. Stay up to date on the latest programs, research, news, and events at JIF by subscribing to the UNC JIF Newsletter. To subscribe, email Sarah Verbiest at with “subscribe” in the subject line. Stay connected on social media! Sarah shares real-time JIF news and updates on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Faculty, staff, friends and family gathered Sept. 20 to honor and celebrate Jean Livermore, who recently retired after more than two decades of service to the UNC School of Social Work. Livermore, who served as associate director of field education and as a clinical assistant professor, also worked for various state supported agencies in North Carolina over her 45 year career.  In a toast, Rebecca Brigham, assistant dean of field education, praised Livermore as an excellent teacher and advocate for students and the agencies and communities where they work “Jean epitomizes everything that field education is,” Brigham said.