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School faculty receive grants to study COVID-19 impacts

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on long-term care facilities across the country, with residents in nursing homes and other long-term care settings accounting for up to one-half of the reported deaths nationwide. Yet, UNC researchers say this latest virus and what they hope to learn from two new studies could help to strengthen industry policies and procedures to ensure that older residents receive the care they need and deserve.

School of Social Work to offer MSW classes remotely this fall

The UNC School of Social Work will continue to offer MSW classes remotely in the fall, a decision School leaders said was necessary to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The School hopes to offer in-person classes in the spring 2021 semester.

Faculty members create "Community Conversations"

Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work have begun “Community Conversations,” focusing on peer-based study around the topic of anti-racist teaching practice. The “Community Conversations” group meets regularly to share resources and discuss ways to strengthen an anti-racist environment in the classroom, particularly when teaching in an environment that is multi-racial but predominantly white.

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BHS finds solutions for pandemic challenges

graphic logo for Behavioral Health Springboard programResidential treatment for children. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Problem gambling. Peer support for substance use disorders. What’s the unexpected link connecting these?

All are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to social work professionals with North Carolina’s Behavioral Health Springboard (BHS), a statewide initiative based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work (SSW). BHS team members are working with colleagues across the state to find solutions to pandemic-related problems.