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School displays billboards

Over the past few years, the U-M SSW has been implementing a strategic and comprehensive com- munications plan, which includes multiple forums and media, to educate the public about the profes- sion. e School has increased its national presence via a sponsorship partnership with National Public Radio and also has sponsored targeted, local spots on Michigan Radio.

Our current projects include a partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to support a public education campaign detailing how social workers create positive change in countless ways.

Building on these opportunities, the School secured space on two billboards in Michigan in order to communicate its mission and the value both the School and social workers provide to society. e ads were displayed near the Lansing capitol building and in Grand Rapids on US 131 for eight weeks begin- ning mid-January.

Faculty help bring 2-1-1 to Southeast Michigan

  • e 2-1-1 social services assistance line became avail-

able to Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties beginning November 1. is free, 24-hour assistance line provides non-emergency health and social service agency referrals. Bob Miller, a lecturer at the School and program manager for the Washtenaw United Wa , was responsible for the development of all aspects of the 2-1-1 project in this area. Assistant Pro- fessor Dale Fitch serves on the implementation com- mittee, and Lecturer John Martin did the feasibility study that recommended Huron Valley Ambulance as the three-county operating agent. For more informa- tion, go to http://www.washtenaw211.org.

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Talk on spirituality and health draws interest

Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH, who coined the phrase “epidemiology of religion,” came to the School as a guest speaker in September. With over 150 people in attendance, he spoke on the positive association between religion and well-being, of which by 2001 there were 1200 empirical studies. Levin is coauthor of a book and several journal articles with Professors Robert Joseph Taylor and Linda Chatters, who also study the correlates of religious participation and the impact of religion on health.

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Jeff Levin addresses a packed room.

School hosts lecture with Business School on urban retail markets

Mark Goodman, Executive Vice President of Mar- keting, Membership, and E-Commerce for Sam’s Club, addressed the School on November 9. Good- man spoke on “Creating a Sustainable Economic Base in the Inner City.” e lecture was hosted by the School of Social Work, the Ross School of Busi- ness, and the Nonprofit and Public Management Center.

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Harvard professor lectures on immigrants

On September 14, the doctoral student-led Conversations Across Social Disciplines hosted Dr. Mary Waters, M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Waters discussed “Second Genera- tion Immigrants in Young Adulthood: Race, Ethnicity and Socioeco- nomic Outcomes.” e talk was well attended by faculty and students across the U-M campus.

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Left: Professor Mary Waters of Harvard University speaks on second generation immigrants. Right: Professor Sherrie Kossoudji, whose research interest lies in immigrant work lives, responds to Mary Waters’ talk.

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