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Release: March 11, 2002

UI School of Social Work receives $120,000 from two grants

The UI School of Social Work was recently awarded two grants to enhance its gerontology curriculum and make students more sensitive to end-of-life care. The school will receive $120,000 over the next two years to help prepare its graduates for demands they will face on the job.

The school received one $30,000 grant for the project "Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education in a Rural State" from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The school can apply to renew the grant for another $30,000 next year. The award will be used to transform department curriculum so that age and intergenerational connections become important organizing principles in the diversity emphasis of the program.

The school also plans to use the grant money to increase faculty competence in gerontology and geriatrics. The money will provide increased opportunities for intergenerational service-learning and practice-based research. In addition, the grant will emphasize the health and well being of elders.

The John A. Hartford Foundation of New York is a private, philanthropic organization that provides funding to help train professionals in geriatrics. Hartford funding has been given to CSWE and to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) to improve the education and training of social workers in the field of aging.

The School also received a $60,000 award titled "Developing Social Work Leadership in End-of-Life Services in Rural Communities" from the Project in Death in America (PDIA). This grant will help students promote effective rural social work practice in end-of-life care, with an emphasis on rural Latino populations. A project of the Open Society Institute and the Soros Foundation, PDIA works to understand and transform the culture and experience of dying and bereavement.

For more information, contact Lorraine Dorfman, project coordinator for the Hartford Grant, at, or Susan Murty, project coordinator for the End-of-Life project, at