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Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work

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1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin,TXUnited States

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October 2015

De Novo: A play on immigration

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were young Edgar’s only family. He dreamed of a different future, but to leave the gang was a death sentence. De Novo. Más allá de las fronteras (Beyond borders), a gripping documentary play tells the true story of 14-year-old Edgar Chocoy and his fight to win asylum in the United States.

Houses on the Moon Theater Company presents this riveting play by Jeffrey Solomon, followed by a talkback with actors and immigration advocates. More information here.

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Lindsey Engelman at lengelman@austin.utexas.edu.RSVP and receive event updates on Facebook at De Novo.

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November 2015

Dean’s Lecture Series: Sarah Gehlert

November 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The 2015-2016 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice and the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice present,

Transdisciplinary Science: Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities

Light lunch will be served starting at 11:30am. Please RSVP to Susannah Plocher, splocher@utexas.edu

Health disparities for common conditions have increased over time. In this presentation, Dr. Gehlert will propose a multi-level model to address disparities and argue that a transdisciplinary approach holds the greatest promise for capturing the complexity of these conditions. She will discuss the implications of proposed changes in health care such as the precision medicine initiative for health disparities, and end with recommendations for social work.

Sarah Gehlert is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School and in the Department of Surgery of the School of Medicine. She is a scholar in Washington University’s Institute of Public Health and serves on its Faculty Advisory Committee. Dr. Gehlert is the Co-Program Leader of the Prevention and Control Program of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Co-Director of the Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer (TREC), and Training Program Director of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD). Gehlert’s publications focus on social influences on health, especially the health of vulnerable populations. Currently, she is working on the influences of neighborhood and community violence and unsafe housing on psychosocial functioning among African-American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with an eye toward how these factors “get under the skin” to affect gene expression and tumorigenesis. She has a special interest in the biology of women’s behavior.


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Medicaid and Medicare 101

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

GRACE program event that will give useful and timely information to students, field instructors, alums and faculty about these important government programs.

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December 2015

MSSW Final Field Sp16 Orientation – Mandatory

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This orientation is mandatory for all MSSW students who will be entering field in Spring 2016.

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Dean’s Lecture Series: Paula Braveman

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The 2015-2016 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents


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Paula Braveman is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). For more than 25 years, Dr. Braveman has studied and published extensively on health equity and the social determinants of health, and has worked to bring attention to these issues in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has focused on measuring, documenting, understanding, and addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in maternal and infant health. During the 1990s she collaborated with World Health Organization staff in Geneva to develop a global initiative on equity in health and health care. She has been the Research Director for a national commission on the social determinants of health in the U.S. supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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