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UNC health professions collaboration receives national recognition

The School is sharing this news release from UNC's Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative, a collaboration involving health care professional programs across campus. Lisa Zerden and Meryl Kanfer represent the School in serving as "Faculty Champions" for RIPHI.

The UNC RIPHI (Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative) team was presented with an honorable mention of the 2018 George E. Thibault Nexus Award at the recent Nexus Summit Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 31, 2018.  The Nexus Summit is sponsored by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.

Hall receives NIH award to research internalized stigma among LGBTQ community members

Will Hall, Ph.D.William J. Hall, Ph.D., has been awarded a $422,799 award for the research project “Implicit Internalized Stigma: Measuring and Examining a Determinant of Mental Health Disparities for Sexual Minorities.”

Hall is an assistant professor with the School of Social Work (SSW) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The research project is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award #R21MD-12687. Hall will lead activities as principal investigator through March 2020.

Faculty awarded grant to strengthen support for Air Force members, families

UNC School of Social Work faculty have been awarded a $302,500 grant to develop screening and service-planning tools that practitioners can use to help assess for and prevent family maltreatment among active-duty members of the U.S. Air Force.

The work is part of an ongoing collaborative project involving the Air Force Family Advocacy Program and co-principal investigators Dean Gary L. Bowen and research associate Todd Jensen. Bowen and Jensen have been working closely with the program for the last several years to strengthen support for and improve the well-being of service members and their families.

School to host "Silence Sam" documentary

grayscale graphic image of protesters at monument

UNC School of Social Work will host a free screening of the short documentary "Silence Sam" on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. The documentary explores the student-led movement to remove the "Silent Sam" monument on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus and the University's response to that movement.

Zerden to serve as director of interprofessional education and practice

Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Ph.D.Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Ph.D., will serve as the UNC School of Social Work’s director of interprofessional education and practice (IPEP), effective July 1, 2018. She is a clinical associate professor and the senior associate dean for MSW education in the School.