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For those attending the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting, be sure to catch the BU alumni, faculty and staff that will be presenting:

Military Family Mental Health: Implications for Preventive Interventions

Abigail Ross, MSW, MPH, David Prouty, MSW, MPH and Ellen DeVoe, PhD
Monday October 31, 9:30 AM

Situated Mothering: Role Transformation for Wives of Deployed Service Members
Ellen Maynard, BA, Abigail Ross, MSW, MPH, Ruth Paris, PhD and Ellen DeVoe, PhD
Tuesday November 1, 11:30 AM

Mapping the practice of public health social work: Results from an MSW/MPH alumni survey
Betty J. Ruth, MSW, MPH, Jamie Wyatt Marshall, MSW, MPH, Esther Hill, MSW, MPH, Laura Ann Taranto, MSW, MPH, Sarah Sisco, MPH, MSSW and Sara Bachman, PhD
Wednesday November 2, 12:45 PM

Educating Social Workers in CBT for Anxiety Disorders
Betty J. Ruth, MSW, MPH, Gail Steketee, PhD, Jennifer Gehnrich, BA and Ellen Kreida, BA
Wednesday November 2, 1:15 pm

Health Equality Peer Education Training (HEPE): Strengthening Youth Philanthropy With Ideals of Health Equity
Travis Howlette, BS, Kelsey Anilionis, BS, Jeffrey Wisniowski, BS, Kerone Anderson, MSW, MPH and Elizabeth Stanley, Bachelor’s of Science Nursing Student
Tuesday November 1, 4:30 PM (Roundtable)

Public Health Faith-Based Initiative
Cindy Theodore, RN, BSN, Triniese Polk, MSHC, Lynsey Avalone, BA, and M. Anita Barry, MD, MPH
Tuesday November 1, 12:30 PM (Roundtable)

Mothers fleeing to the US for safety due to domestic violence: Hague Convention cases & the Latinas’ perspective
Luz M. Lopez, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Gita Mehrotra, MSW, Taryn Lindhorst, PhD, LCSW and Jeffrey Edleson, PhD
Wednesday November 2, 1:30 PM

Suicidal ideation and substance use among Asian-American young women
Hyeouk Chris Hahm, PhD, LCSW, Lena Lundgren, PhD, Ja Yoon Uni Choe and Victoria Lo
Tuesday November 1, 2:50 PM

CHILD Maltreatment Among Asian-American Women: HIV RISK Behaviors, Depression and Suicidality
Hyeouk Chris Hahm, PhD, LCSW, Eric Kolaczyk, PhD, Jisun Jang, BS, MA Candidate and Lisa Ng, BA Candidate
Sunday October 30. 2:30 PM (Roundtable)

Inter-organization collaboration: Factors affecting community health policy advocacy efforts aimed at addressing health inequities among youth
Rebecca R. Cheezum, MPH, Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD, Edith A. Parker, DrPH, Melvin Delgado, PhD and Michael Spencer, PhD
Monday October 31, 12:30 PM

Promoting aging-friendly urban neighborhoods: Evaluation of the Aging Well at Home Demonstration Program
Judith G. Gonyea, PhD
Tuesday November 1, 5:24 PM

Catalysts of organizational change: What sparks and maintains interest in regional approaches to public health service delivery?
Justeen Hyde, PhD, Jessica A. Waggett, MPH, Lise Fried, DSc, MS, Brianna Mills, MA and Geoffrey Wilkinson, MSW
Wednesday November 2, 10:50 AM

Boston University Schools of Social Work & Public Health

As an early advocate for trans-disciplinary public health and social work collaboration, Boston University is one of the oldest graduate programs offering a dual degree in social work and public health. With more than 275 alumni and 35 current students, the MSW/MPH program at Boston University is a vibrant and exciting place to study. In 2006, the Schools of Social Work and Public Health, along with the Group for Public Health Social Work Initiatives,  celebrated the 25th anniversary of the program by hosting “Public Health Social Work in the 21st Century, ” a national conference on public health social work. More than 200 public health, social work, and other professionals participated in the day-long working conference to share best practices in PHSW and to create an action plan for promoting public health social work within and across disciplines. Learn more

Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University School of Social Work

The Group for Public Health Social Work Initiatives (GPSI)

The Group for Public Health Social Work Initiatives (GPSI), formed in 2003 by an independent group of public health social work practitioners, is an ad hoc working group affiliated with Boston University. GPSI promotes public health social work through education, research, professional development, and trans-disciplinary activities.

Recent GPSI research includes:

Wyatt Marshall, J, Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Cohen, M, Bachman, S. Social work interest in prevention: A content analysis of the professional literature.  (Under review; submitted February, 2009) Social Work.

Ruth, BJ & Sisco S. Public health social work. In: Mizrahi, T., & Davis, L. (Eds). Encyclopedia of social work (20th ed). New York: National Association of Social Workers, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Ruth BJ, Sisco S, Wyatt J, Bethke C, Bachman S, Markham Piper, T. Public health and social work: Training dual professionals for the contemporary workplace. Public Health Reports, 2008 (2) 123.

Ruth BJ, Wyatt J, Chiasson E, Geron S, Bachman S. Social work and public health: Comparing graduates from a dual-degree program. Journal of Social Work Education. 2006; 42, (2).

GPSI Members:

Betty J. Ruth, LCSW, MSW, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor
Director, MSW/MPH Program
Director, Certificate in Behavioral Medicine
Director, Professional Education Programs
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
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Sarah Sisco, MPH, MSSW
Director of Evaluation
Bureau of Emergency Management
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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Jamie Wyatt Marshall, LCSW, MSW, MPH
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Christina Bethke, MSW
Project Coordinator, Tiyatien Health
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Tinka Markham Piper, CSW, MPH
Program Research Associate
Institute for Health and Social Policy
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Sara S. Bachman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Research
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, Massachusetts, 02215
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Esther Hill, MSW, MPH
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Luz M. López, PhD, MPH, LCSW
Boston University School of Social Work
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