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Gilster selected as Obermann Center Fellow-in-Residence

Dr. Gilster's research addresses how community and neighborhood conditions matter for the well-being of residents.

Wang co-authors study examining how neighborhood ties improve well-being of older adults

The study examines the association between neighborhood social cohesion and various health factors in NHPI older adults.

University of Iowa awarded $3M contract to support mental health peer support in Iowa

Peer Support Specialists and Peer Recovery Coaches provide support, coaching, and advocacy for adults in recovery from mental illness and substance misuse, using specialized training and wisdom gained from their own lived experience. Family Peer Support Specialists use their training and lived experience to provide support, coaching, and advocacy for parents and caregivers of children and youth receiving services for mental health, substance use, and related issues.

Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa to launch new pre-K-12 school mental health center

Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa today announced a partnership aimed at expanding support for mental health, including training, resources and outreach to educators and schools across the state. 

$2M UI grant builds mental health workforce serving rural youth

Iowa youth living in rural, medically underserved communities will gain access to more mental and behavioral health experts thanks to a new four-year nearly $2 million dollar grant, led by experts in the University of Iowa College of Education and other campus and community partners.

Yolanda Spears Receives 2021 University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award

Social Work Clinical Assistant Professor Yolanda Spears has been named the recipient of a University of Iowa 2021 Diversity Catalyst Award.

University of Iowa announces 2021 winners of Annual National Poetry Contest for Social Workers

The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest to affirm and encourage the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession.

Ross Wilburn (1989BASW, 1993MSW) on "Talk of Iowa"

Biden won the White House, but Democrats lost ground in the U.S. House and the Iowa legislature. On this edition of River to River, the new chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Ross Wilburn. Host Ben Kieffer asks for Wilburn’s take on Trump's popularity in Iowa and asks him to look ahead to 2022 and 2024. They also discuss the future of the Iowa caucuses and the debate over the nominating process one year after Iowa’s first-in-the-nation contest ended in a muddle of delayed results.

How to Honor Black History (Month), from the School of Social Work

February is Black History Month. It is our hope that all social workers—and not just those who are Black—will take time out to reflect on the achievement and contributions of Black social workers to the profession. There are still those who question the need, basis, or reason for having a month set apart for such celebration and recognition as Black History Month. Celebrating Black History Month is crucial as society continues to grapple with racism, prejudice, and white supremacy.