Social Work student gives helping hand to undocumented families

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Today in the United States, nearly six million citizen children live with a family member who is undocumented, usually a parent. Maryam Rafieifar started working with undocumented immigrants while she was a project manager for the International Committee of the Red Cross in her home country of Iran; she managed a project providing primary health care services to Afghan refugees and undocumented immigrants. The project expanded to include mental health services, referrals and social workers. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Stempel College signs partnership with Universidad de Cartagena, presents at health conference

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Stempel College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Universidad de Cartagena to collaborate on educational and research endeavors. The partnership builds upon the college’s efforts to create strong bonds with research institutions throughout Latin America and, particularly, Colombia. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Social Work Interns and Field Instructors Recognized at Annual Breakfast  

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] A requirement in all social work programs, the students must meet the competencies and practice behaviors set forth by the School and accrediting body (CSWE) during their practicum. Students learn to integrate their classroom learning/knowledge into their practice in the internships under the supervision of MSW-level field instructors. This 2018-2019 year, three students are being recognized for the outstanding work they did during their internships while three community partners are being acknowledged for their mentorship. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Ola Osibogun is Worlds Ahead

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Olatokunbo “Ola” Osibogun, was raised with an inspiration to improve health. Born in New York to Nigerian parents, Ola and her family returned to their home country when she was young as her parents wanted to raise their daughters in Nigeria. Her father, a physician, epidemiologist and professor of public health, and her mother, an administrator and director in higher education, instilled in their daughters the importance of education and working hard to pursue their goals. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Stempel researcher finds correlation between blood type and susceptibility to severe malaria

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Mosquito [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Abraham Degarege Mengist is making malaria his mission. A doctoral student in public health with a concentration in epidemiology, Mengist came to the Robert Stempel from his native Ethopia to acquire training in epidemiological research methods from renowned faculty and a curriculum that would give him the research skills to advance health at home and globally. Mengist — in collaboration with Stempel College researchers Merhawi T. Gebrezgi, Gladys Ibanez and Purnima Madhivanan as well as Mats Wahlgren of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden — conducted a meta-analysis study examining the effects of blood type on susceptibility to severe malaria and related morbidities. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Universidad de Córdoba representatives visit Stempel College, sign partnership agreement

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Representatives from the Universidad de Córdoba in Colombia recently visited Stempel College as the two institutions embark on a new research project together. “These relationships that we are forging with the Universidad de Córdoba and other universities in Colombia will advance our research and educational agenda in Latin America, which is directly linked to Stempel’s college excellence and mission,” said Stempel Dean Tomás R. Guilarte. [/su_column] [/su_row]

FIU and Stempel College Walk to Raise Suicide Awareness

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Suicide comes to the forefront when a celebrity passes away but, for many, it is a persistent daily thought. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24 in Florida - and it is on the rise. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Stempel College celebrates student research with first Research Day

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Stempel College recently celebrated the research and dedication of its students with the college’s first Research Day. Students showcased twenty-four ongoing research projects, from both the Ph.D and master’s levels, across all disciplines at the college. It was an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about the work being done throughout the college and opportunity for students to gain more experience in explaining their research. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Stempel College delegation tackles public health in Colombia

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] A delegation of Stempel College representatives, led by Dean Tomás R. Guilarte and Carlos Espinal, director of the Global Health Consortium, recently visited Colombia as part of the college’s efforts to strengthen ties and improve public health in the country. The Global Health Consortium is focusing much of its efforts in Colombia, while the college looks to strengthen ties with deeper and broader collaborations in the region. The four-day, multi-city tour was a chance for researchers and leadership to engage with local stakeholders and organizations that can boost the college’s collaborative opportunities in research areas that include neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Childhood trauma affects brain and increases risk of substance use in adolescence, study finds

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Pills [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] A new study led by social work professor Nicole Fava and psychology professor Elisa Trucco, from the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, found that traumatic childhood experiences like domestic violence, abuse and parental incarceration impact brain functioning and increase the risk of substance use during adolescence. The study was done through the FIU Center for Children and Families in collaboration with researchers at the University of Michigan. They assessed 465 children that experienced adversity beginning at ages 3-5 and followed them through early adolescence. Researchers were interested in understanding why children exposed to adversity in early childhood are more likely to misuse substances later in life. [/su_column] [/su_row]