As many of you know, I am leaving SSA this summer to become the Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Permanent supportive housing has become a popular weapon in the fight against homelessness. The idea is to offer homeless people two things they badly need: a place to live and the support of social workers who can help them confront the chronic problems that are often associated with homelessness, including mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. But what happens when the social workers can’t do their job?
How to teach deaf children language has been a controversial issue, especially with the advent of modern hearing technology. In an article published in the December 2016 Social Service Review, a group of researchers, most of whom have hearing loss themselves, says that a “speech only” approach using technology is hurting many deaf children by preventing them from learning language in their first critical years, resulting in impaired brain development and inflicting lasting harm on their cognitive and psychosocial functioning.
The role of academic freedom, unfettered discussion, and inclusion at American universities became lively topics at a panel discussion at SSA titled “Academic Freedom and Diversity: Viewpoints on Institutional Practices and Tensions.” Several hundred students, faculty, and members of the University community gathered January 3 in the SSA lobby to hear speakers from the UChicago faculty and other institutions talk about the meaning of those concepts. A video recording of the discussion is available on C-SPAN.org and on the University/SSA’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/LHVetHA-QeQ.
A disproportionate amount of care and expense at many hospitals comes as a result of treating a relatively small number of patients with multiple, complicated conditions. GPHAP Those conditions are frequently impacted by social and psychological factors, something that SSA students are learning more about through their participation in The Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative, a six-month national program, in which interdisciplinary teams meet with patients with complex medical and social needs to better understand those needs.