WRITER: SARAH FASSBINDER
CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 11, 2002
UI School of Social Work receives $120,000 from two grants
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 email@example.com,
or Susan Murty, project coordinator for the End-of-Life project, at firstname.lastname@example.org.