Amos Smith MSW ‘79 President and CEO of Community Action Agency of New Haven

February 24, 2012 by  
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Amos Smith MSW ‘79 President and CEO of Community Action Agency of New Haven

The Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) is one of the largest non-profit social service agencies in the New Haven area. Its programs and services include weatherization and energy assistance, medical transportation, financial education and asset development, and a youth program. Amos arrived at CAANH in 2006 and since then has established the agency […]

Sarah Petela MSW ’11 Featured in NASW News Article

February 24, 2012 by  
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Sarah Petela MSW ’11 Featured in NASW News Article

Sarah Petela, Project Coordinator for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness was featured in “Recession Fallout, Social Workers Face New Challenges” in the February 2012 issue of NASW News. Sarah says, “Advocacy is key…Social workers should play a lead role in getting out there in the community and building relationships with civic leaders. If not […]

Jennifer Vendetti MSW ’07 Coordinates a Resource for First-Time Parents

February 24, 2012 by  
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Jennifer Vendetti MSW ’07 Coordinates a Resource for First-Time Parents

The Connections program offers first-time families perinatal and parenting support through phone contact, group programming and home visitation. The program is a link to the Nurturing Families Network, a statewide program created by the Children’s Trust Fund with the goal of reducing parenting stress, parent-child conflict, and parental social isolation by offering free resources and […]

Dr. Catherine Medina Elected Vice Chair

February 21, 2012 by  
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Dr. Catherine Medina Elected Vice Chair

Dr. Catherine Medina was recently elected Vice Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE). In this role she will provide leadership within the Commission to collaborate with community based agencies to design and evaluate health equity models that address key social and physical determinants associated with health disparities. Since 1981, Dr. Medina has […]

Karen Futoma MSW ’90 Named Director of Newington Department of Human Services

February 13, 2012 by  
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Karen Futoma MSW ’90 Named Director of Newington Department of Human Services

Karen Futoma has worked for Newington town human services for the past 27 years. She grew up in Newington, CT and volunteered at the VA Hospital when she was in high school. Her interest in social work began at a young age. Karen received her master’s degree in social work from the UConn School of […]

Pedro Segarra Easily Wins His First Full Term as the Mayor of Hartford

January 26, 2012 by  
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Pedro Segarra Easily Wins His First Full Term as the Mayor of Hartford

UConn School of Social Work alumnus Pedro E. Segarra MSW ’82, JD ’85 was sworn in as the City of Hartford’s 66th Mayor. An inaugural gala was held on January 21st, but with a twist. The sellout “ball for all” attracted more than 900 guests and proceeds from the ticket sales benefitted Segarra’s Hartford Humanties […]

Dr. Megan Berthold Awarded Faculty Large Grant

January 11, 2012 by  
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Dr. Megan Berthold Awarded Faculty Large Grant

Combating Cambodian Health Disparities: A Community Driven Approach will be the focus of Dr. Berthold’s pilot project using hand held technology and a community based participatory research approach to identifying key health concerns that affect the Cambodian refugee community. This nationwide project will involve Cambodian adult leaders of non-profit organizations in 5 – 10 sites […]

Professional Development Programs Announced

January 10, 2012 by  
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Professional Development Programs Announced

Ten one-day seminars are scheduled for January, February and March. Register Today and Earn CECs. Topics include: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) The Trauma Survivor as a Parent Ethical Decision Making Couples Therapy Working with Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders Psychotropic Medications Alternative Modalities for Treating the Mind, Body and Spirit Successful Strategies for Working […]

Dr. Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, MSW ’83, Authors Book

December 8, 2011 by  
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Dr. Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, MSW ’83, Authors Book

Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, JD, MSW, ACSW, professor and associate dean at Saint Joseph College School of Graduate and Professional Studies has written a new book titled The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work Through the Holocaust (Syracuse University Press, October 2011). The book captures the experiences and social work philosophy of Holocaust survivor […]

Alumni Leader Making a Difference – Anne Foley, MSW ’87

December 5, 2011 by  
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Alumni Leader Making a Difference – Anne Foley, MSW ’87

Anne Foley is Under Secretary, Policy Development and Planning Division, Office of Policy and Management (OPM). As Under Secretary, She oversees state efforts to coordinate the implementation of interagency service delivery systems and improve the effectiveness of state services through research and policy development. She is chair of various statutory committees including the Child Poverty […]