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Media contact: Karen Kornegay, Director of External Communications and Marketing, 919-962-1532


Helping parents and children after a disaster

young girls look across a flooded yard to their homeMany families in southeastern North Carolina evacuated their homes ahead of Hurricane Florence — and after flooding damaged buildings and roads throughout the region, some families lost their homes completely.

The trauma from such disaster-related experiences can have a lasting effect on families, especially their youngest members. How can social workers and other community service providers help these families to recover emotionally as well as physically?

Seth Berkowitz featured in October's Tate Talk

Seth Berkowitz, MDSeth Berkowitz, M.D., is the featured speaker for the next Tate Talk on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. He will discuss "Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Achieve Population Health Goals: Applying SMART Research Designs with Adaptive Interventions." The presentation is scheduled 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the UNC School of Social Work auditorium; attendees are invited to arrive at 11:45 a.m. to share a complimentary pizza lunch.

Do you work with children who have both mental health disorders and I/DD?

Families face significant challenges when a child is diagnosed with either a mental health disorder or an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD). But what happens when a child is diagnosed with both conditions?

A free online course can prepare mental health professionals and others who work with children who have this dual diagnosis to understand the unique needs of these children. The course may also be useful for those working in human services, justice and medicine.

The self-paced course provides information about behavioral concerns and evidence-based strategies for treatment.

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.