I am partnering with the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY) to conduct qualitative research on the causes and consequences of homelessness among emerging adults (ages 18-24) in Erie County. We are exploring the living conditions of homeless young people, associated risk and resilience factors, and homeless emerging adults’ perspectives on housing and social services. This collaborative research is supported by the UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy initiative and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. The collaboration is expected to produce academic publications as well as a technical report with recommendations for policy and practice.
Responding to the White House’s 2010 Joining Forces initiative to enhance the health care of veterans and military families, the Schools of Nursing and Social Work received a 3E Grant to advance the knowledge, skills and abilities of University at Buffalo (UB) nursing and social work students and community practitioners to better address existing and future unmet needs. The mission of Joining Forces-UB is to develop a comprehensive veteran and military family care educational program for students and community practitioners, and build a portfolio of interdisciplinary research. The project pursues this mission by capitalizing on the strengths and resources of the UB School of Nursing (SON) and UB School of Social Work (SSW) in partnership with local community organizations serving veterans and/or military families in the Western New York region.
inSocialWork® is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. inSocialWork® features conversations with prominent social work professionals, interviews with cutting-edge researchers, and information on emerging trends and best practices in the field of social work.
Research on best practices and program outcomes. We are entering an agreement to develop research to guide Erie County Department of Social Services evaluation of program outcomes and to test evidence-based interventions.
Multistage project examining factors associated with children in subsidized adoptions who return to foster care. Stage 1 was looking at factors associated with adaptation to foster care. State 2 is obtaining statewide data on sustained and disrupted adoptions to compare characteristics. Stage 3 is to interview adoptive parents in disrupted adoptions to determine ongoing relationship with adopted child.
Students complete 900 hours of field work as part of the MSW degree requirement. Students complete placements in Erie Niagara region as well as Rochester area, Southern tier, other U.S. states and internationally.
The School Supply Drive is a two-month universitywide charitable drive for school supplies to benefit pre-K through eighth grade students at schools situated around our three campuses: Futures Academy, Bilingual Center, Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute, Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School. UB employees drop off items in the designated collection boxes throughout the North, South and Downtown campuses that include paper, pencils, rulers, planners, markers, folders, and more. The 2013 program doubled in size from the previous year–with an unprecedented amount of supplies donated and distributed.