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Kara Houser wearing a yellow sweatshirt, teaching a class of social work students in Wild Bill's

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in Iowa City drops coffee, keeps mission

After 46 years of coffee service from men and women with disabilities — starting with Bill Sackter in 1975 — the University of Iowa’s “Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop” has brewed its final cup.

Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop in Iowa City making way for workshop

A coffee shop created nearly five decades ago to provide work for an Iowa City man with disabilities is changing with the times.

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop is now just Wild Bill's

For 46 years, Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop provided employment for persons with disabilities, while also offering the opportunity for UI students to gain experience and understanding working with persons with disabilities. “More than just coffee,” Wild Bill’s has always functioned as a learning lab for the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

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.