Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the nation’s longest standing center for poverty research, has been awarded a five-year, $9.5 million cooperative agreement to serve as the national Poverty Research Center.


The award from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on development of policy and legislation, strategic planning, policy research and evaluation, and economic analysis, comes as IRP marks its 50th year of examining the causes of poverty and inequality in the United States and approaches to reduce them. The award establishes IRP as the nation’s sole federally funded Poverty Research Center, an honor that IRP has shared with the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis, and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality for the past five years.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Jennifer Schuhmacher, MSSW '04, loves what she does. As a licensed clinical social worker in Grant County in southwest Wisconsin, she works with a wide variety of people facing serious issues in their lives.


“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to watch people improving,” she says. “It’s like Christmas every day. I love what I do.”


Schuhmacher was profiled as part of Project 72, which shares stories of ingenuity, innovation, industry and inspiration that highlight the powerful partnership between UW-Madison and the state of Wisconsin.


Read Jennifer Schuhmacher's story


Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Children who hold major caregiving responsibilities within their families are shockingly common, a phenomenon that has only recently begun to garner attention in schools and communities nationwide. Melinda Kavanaugh, Ph.D. ’13, joined Connie Siskowksi, founder and president of the American Association of Caregiving in Youth, in an interview with WPR’s Rob Ferrett, to discuss ongoing research and collaborative efforts between schools and welfare agencies to improve the provision of support for child caregivers.


Kavanaugh points out that there is no definitive answer stemming from census or survey data as to just how many children ages 8 to 18 in Wisconsin identify as caregiver to an elder or ailing family member. “When you talk to school personnel, they acknowledge that these kids exist. One of the limitations is that there’s no systematic program for these youths.”


Listen to the show on WPR

Friday, August 26, 2016


Do you know a social worker who consistently goes above and beyond to make a difference, exemplifies the professional values of social work, and makes you proud to be a friend or colleague?


We are looking for nominations for members of the UW-Madison School of Social Work's community - including students, alumni, faculty, agency supervisors, or supporters - and we'll consider triumphing their great successes in our annual magazine, on the web, or by sending a note of congratulations. If appropriate, we'll also consider nominees for awards that the School of Social Work facilitates.


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Martha Villegas Miranda defines herself as “a story person.” That’s because she’s not always thinking about the statistics or data. But she can remember each and every one of her students by name – because it is the stories that they tell her about themselves, the stories that remind her all too well of her own childhood, that motivate her to come in to work everyday.


“I believe it’s my purpose and plan in life to work with students and their families, answer their questions, and help them make good, informed decisions about their educational journey,” she said. “I like to change how people see education, show them all the options, let them know I’m here to help, that education can be affordable and accessible, and that they can pursue their dreams. My job is not only about informing but empowering students, families and the community about post-secondary options and beyond.”


Read the full story from Joliet Junior College

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