Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Maria Cancian, a professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and School of Social Work and former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, was tapped by President Obama in 2014 to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The professor reflects on her time as deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Obama administration before returning to UW-Madison this fall.


Read the story from the College of Letters & Science

Friday, September 30, 2016

Celena Roldan / Photo by Eileen T. Meslar, Chicago TribuneCelena Roldan, B.A. '98, MSSW '00, has vivid childhood memories of her dad, head of the Hispanic Housing Development Corp., dragging her to ribbon-cuttings at affordable housing projects, and of her mom, now a psychotherapist, working with students at a Chicago public school as she pursued her degree in social work. Their example made her want to serve communities as well.


Now, Roldan, 40, an Oak Park native of Puerto Rican descent, has a new challenge. In March, she was named CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois.


Read the article in the Chicago Tribune

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.

Read the full article from UW News

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.”


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