Grants, News, Events, and Announcements

$200,000 Grant Awarded in National Competition

Dr. Lee and doctoral students, Tana James and Mi Jin ChoiUAlbany's School of Social Welfare is one of five recipients of a $200,000 fellowship award to support a faculty mentor and doctoral students examining poverty and child neglect. Assistant Professor Eunju Lee is a principal investigator of the grant, which supports child maltreatment research and the development of the next generation of child maltreatment researchers. The program is funded by the Children’s Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Based on a national competition for its significance and merits, this grant award supports Dr. Lee and two doctoral students, Tana James and Mi Jin Choi, for two years to develop their research skills as national leaders in child maltreatment research. Partners in the grant work include our own faculty mentors, faculty mentors from other departments of the University, and a researcher from New York State Office of Children and Family Services. This grant award is a singular achievement given the need to create a coherent proposal linking a faculty mentor’s research and two dissertation proposals into a research agenda of national value.

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Four New Grants for The Center for Human Services Research

Four new grants have been awarded to the Center for Human Services Research (CHSR):

  • New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC): New York State College Access Challenge Grant; Innovation Sub-grants: CHSR (with Rose Greene and Dr. Kenneth Robin, Co-Principal Investigators), has been awarded a subcontract in partnership with Trinity Institution and the new Capital South Campus Center. This grant will facilitate needs assessments, and related research and outreach to individuals in high need areas to receive college recruitment, advising, courses and supports for formal matriculation into college. This is a multi-year grant, most competitive and a wonderful support to our new South Capital Campus Center.
     
  • SAMHSA Systems of Care Grants: CHSR has received a New York Success grant from Coordinated Care Services, Inc. relating to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) system of care work throughout New York State. Center staff will promote data systems development and in-depth multisystem data analyses. Rose Greene and Dr. Lauren Polvere are the Co-Principal Investigators.
     
  • NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal: CHSR was awarded a contract to conduct a qualitative study on housing in relation to grandparent and elderly relative caregivers of children. Dr. Lara Kaye is the Principal Investigator and other members of the team include Dr. Eunju Lee and Dr. Lauren Polvere.
     
  • Healthy Families New York: CHSR has launched its 15-year follow-up of the randomized controlled trial of Healthy Families New York. Three interviewers have been hired in Buffalo and others will be hired in Ulster and Rensselaer counties. In Buffalo, we welcome back Maria Aviles and Gayle Bryant who have been with the study since its inception. Both Maria and Gayle were involved in every wave of the study: interviewing families at baseline, and when the study child turned one, two, three and seven. New to the study is Damali Thomas who is pursuing a Masters in Human Services Management at Buffalo State College (State University of New York).

The Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness Received Two New Grants

Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Welness logo Two new grants have been awarded to the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness (CEACW):

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: CEACW received a four-year grant from the CDC and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to work with up to 20 health and/or community services delivery systems to implement and evaluate internal realignments designed to support sustained delivery of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Community Clinical Linkage Strategies to Support Heart Disease and Stroke and Diabetes Prevention Efforts is a project designed to: (1) utilize a custom data portal to expand referrals from primary care physicians, (2) pilot a bidirectional communication approach between primary care physicians and community-based delivery sites for evidence-based health promotion programs and (3) evaluate the impact of these more coordinated efforts on incidence of Heart Disease and Stroke and Diabetes in select New York City communities.
     
  • New York State Health Foundation: Replicating the National Diabetes Prevention Program among Primary Care Providers. This grant supports working with up to 20 health and/or community services delivery systems to implement and evaluate internal realignments designed to support sustained delivery of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services Awarded $100,000 Grant

Homeless familyThe School of Social Welfare has received a $100,000 grant from The New York Community Trust to support the School's National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services. Associate Professor Heather Larkin-Holloway is the Co-Principal Investigator. The grant will fund the Center's efforts to launch a National Homelessness Social Work Initiative to bring together social work programs from across the nation to make homelessness a professional priority and foster stronger relationships between schools of social work and agencies helping the homeless.

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Dr. Mansoor Kazi Continues Work with Chautauqua Tapestry System of Care

Assistant Professor or the University at Albany School of Social Welfare, Mansoor KaziAssistant Professor Mansoor Kazi will continue his research work on additional systems of care with New York State’s Chautauqua County for another year (through Sept. 30, 2015) with extended funding he received. Dr. Kazi has extensive experience in evaluation of human services in the USA, United Kingdom and in Finland. He is lead evaluator of Chautauqua Tapestry System of Care and received SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Gold Award for Outstanding Local Evaluation in July 2010. Before moving to University at Albany School of Social Welfare in September 2013, Mansoor Kazi was Research Associate Professor and Director of Program Evaluation Center at the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), having moved from the United Kingdom in September 2005 where he held a similar position at the School of Human & Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield for 14 years.

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