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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.

Verbiest named as Jordan Institute director

Sarah Verbiest, DrPHSarah Verbiest, DrPH, John A. Tate Early Career Scholar for Children in Need, has been appointed as director of the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

PrimeCare receives $1.9 million HRSA grant

The School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today that UNC-PrimeCare, a specialized program in integrated behavioral health, has received a four-year $1.9 million federal award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This award follows a previous three-year award that established UNC-PrimeCare in 2014.

"PrimeCare puts social workers into health and behavioral health care settings to help treat individuals holistically," explained Lisa de Saxe Zerden, senior associate dean at the School of Social Work and principal investigator for the project.

"This aligns well with where social work jobs are forecast to be," Zerden said. "This area of social work is expected to grow 20 percent over the next 10 years."