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


UNC Professor Iris Carlton-LaNey named NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named Professor Iris Carlton-LaNey the 2018 Social Worker of the Year.

The NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year Award is an annual award given to a social work professional who has demonstrated commendable social work practice and involvement with NASW and other professional, civic, and community organizations.

Richman appointed to academic board of East China University

Wu Baijun and Jack Richman at East China University of Science and TechnologyJack Richman, Ph.D., has been appointed as an academic board member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Science at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST).

Wu Baijun, Ph.D., vice president of ECUST, presented Richman with the  certificate of appointment during a ceremony at ECUST this month. Richman was one of several University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work faculty members who presented programs at ECUST as part of an ongoing educational partnership between the two universities.

Statement on Silent Sam

The symbolism of Silent Sam, the Civil War memorial statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, has been a focus of ongoing discussions at our School. These discussions have explored our commitments to social justice and to upholding the dignity of all people, core values reflected in the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Testa to receive national honor

Mark TestaMark Testa, the Spears-Turner Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare. Testa is the fifth faculty member of the UNC School of Social Work to be selected for this honor.

Dean Gary Bowen described Testa as "one of the most influential scholars in child welfare" nationally and lauded Testa's impact on child welfare policy and practice, especially in the areas of kinship care, guardianship and adoption.

New funding will support preconception health pilot programs focused on the preventative well visit

The Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC CMIH) received new funding to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes by advancing the status of women’s preconception health (health and wellness prior to pregnancy), particularly for low-income women and women of color in some of the country’s most underserved communities.

This funding is one of four cooperative agreements awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA MCHB) to a national coalition supported by UNC CMIH, the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC). Funding will be administered through UNC School of Social Work.