The School of Social Work secures almost $1 million in HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Training funds for the next four years. Each year, twenty master’s students will be placed in field assignments focused on moving Social Work into settings where primary care is integrated with behavioral health. Students will receive a stipend, take courses that focus on integrating primary care and behavioral health across the lifespan, and enroll in a clinical seminar that will enhance their learning and practice. This training grant will provide a rich interprofessional opportunity for our students and faculty to partner with Wheeler Clinic, UConn Health, UConn School of Nursing, and the UConn School of Pharmacy. The School of Social Work will also be developing new sites for collaboration in the coming months. Dr. Catherine Medina is the PI and Dr. Edna Comer is Co-PI.
Dr. Miriam Valdovinos has been chosen by the Provost’s Office and the Office of Global Partnerships & Outreach to represent UConn at Universitas 21 Early Career Researchers Workshop in Santiago, Chile in October.
Dr. Valdovinos’ research has investigated issues of human migration with a specific interest in understanding how undocumented Latina/o immigrants experience interpersonal violence in the United States. Her research also incorporates transnational relationships and processes since many of the people that she interviews for her research maintain ties with family and friends in their country of origin.
“I look forward to representing UConn and the School of Social Work at this prestigious event as well as getting to network with interdisciplinary scholars who also look at issues of human migration and intergroup relations involving indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Now more than ever, we are living in a world that requires that we engage in these critical conversations- and Social Workers need to be at the table.”