WNBA awards: Amanda Zahui B. of Los Angeles Sparks wins Cares Community Assists Award
Los Angeles Sparks center Amanda Zahui B. has been given the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient for her participation in health and wellness programming, contributions to the LGBTQ+ community along with numerous other causes she is passionate about.
Collaboration with police divides social workers across US
Ayers said collaboration between police and social workers risks perpetuating the systemic racism she has seen in the social work field. "Putting social workers in to heal all the wounds as a Band-Aid is just going to blow up in everyone's face," she said. Social workers contribute to the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color, said Julia Lyon, a Pennsylvania social worker and member of Social Service Workers United. “Otherwise, social workers are just going to be police without guns.”But advocates of collaboration between social workers and police point to how ingrained law enforcement is into American society as evidence of the need for acting within that framework. AdInstead of perpetuating what they see as punishment-based approaches, opponents of police and social workers recommend more investment in community-based intervention.
Annual U-M Depression on College Campuses Conference goes virtual
ANN ARBOR – This year’s Depression on College Campuses Conference at the University of Michigan will take place virtually on March 9 and 10. With the theme Addressing the Dual Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice on College Student Mental Health, the event focused on mental health on college campuses aims to highlight challenges students currently face. AdThe conference will present new research findings, programs and and policies that focus on the mental health of college students in the context of current event. Each year, attendees consist of a diverse group, including students, psychiatrists and psychologists, parents, academic advisors, counselors, health educators and more. Certified or Master Certified Health Education Specialists can receive up to 8.5 Category I contact education hours for attending the event.
U-M: Parent depression, stress caused by pandemic had negative impact on kids’ schooling
Most of the parents said that their children learned online from home, using school-provided electronic resources, educational apps and social media. Roughly 35% of parents reported that their children’s behavior changed since the pandemic began, including feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. Daily schedule disruptions and a lack of access to free and reduced-price meals from school were significant stressors, parents reported. “Research suggests that, unfortunately, the high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among parents remained high through the summer and early fall. Co-authors on the study are U-M doctoral student in psychology and social work, Kaitlin Ward and U-M undergraduate research assistants Kasey Downing and Olivia Chang.
Volunteers help Hope Clinic provide additional groceries, services to community members
YPSILANTI, Mich. – During a time of increased need, volunteers and Washtenaw County organizations have stepped up to help Hope Clinic offer more groceries and services to community members. In the past month, there has been an increased demand for the services offered by Hope Clinic. Half of the households using the clinic’s medical, dental and food assistance services are new and demand for grocery assistance has tripled. But hope is never cancelled, and neither is Hope Clinic. GameAbove, an alumni group at Eastern Michigan University, raised over $50,000 for Hope Clinic.