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School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
CHAS eNews: June 2017
POLICY BRIEFS
Youth Violence is Preventable, not Inevitable
Research has shown that youth who have either perpetrated, observed, or been direct victims of violence have a significantly higher risk for various physical and mental health maladies. That said, CHAS Committee Member and SSA Interim Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith claims that youth violence is not inevitable, but rather, preventable. In a 2015 CDC Grand Rounds, Gorman-Smith and several co-authors reviewed current evidence-based youth violence prevention models, identified challenges for implementation, and concluded that: "Public health professionals have a clear responsibility to help reduce the health burden of youth violence."
Community Trust as a Public Health Concern
CHAS Fellow Alan Zarychta has connected social context to individual health in Honduras. Through a spatially-based research approach, Zarychta observed that reciprocal trust among neighbors is necessary for the development of psychological and material mechanisms which are ultimately conducive to positive health outcome. His article emphasizes that this connection between trust and health is particularly important for rural regions in developing countries.
SERVICE DELIVERY INNOVATIONS
Computerized Suicide Risk Assessment
CHAS Fellow Robert D. Gibbons and colleagues have developed a new tool for suicide risk screening which claims accurate results in approximately two minutes. The Computerized Adaptive Test Suicide Scale (CAT-SS) is an automated assessment which was able to differentiate responses that correspond with typical depression and anxiety and those that are syndromally associated with suicidality during early stages of its development. Further validation against traditional assessments is required.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Image by Lloyd DeGrane featured in a Chicago Reader article co-authored with Kari Lydersen.
"Joshua Smith, a medical student at the University of Illinois, checks on Lucy and Ricki, 28 and 31, as part of his rounds with the Night Ministry..." (Lloyd DeGrane, Chicago Reader)
Photojournalism and Social Welfare
Over the years, Lloyd DeGrane has done valuable work with both CHAS and the School of Social Service Administration as a whole. His work in photojournalism demonstrates the diversity of ways people can engage in activities to improve social welfare for disadvantaged populations. Recently, a series of his images documenting homelessness in Chicago was featured in the Chicago Reader. View the full article and slideshow here.
CHAS Fellow Alan Zarychta Receives Award
Congratulations to CHAS Fellow Alan Zarychta for receiving the American Political Science Association (APSA)'s 2017 Leonard D. White Award for best dissertation in the field of public administration. Zarychta will be presenting his dissertation at APSA's annual meeting in August.
UPCOMING EVENTS

MICHAEL M. DAVIS LECTURE SERIES
The Michael M. Davis Lecture Series will resume for Autumn Quarter on October 3rd.
CONFERENCE REMINDERS

NASW: Aging Through the Social Work Lens
online
June 14-15, 2017

Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
New Orleans, LA
June 25-27, 2017

Addiction Health Services Research
Madison, WI
October 18-20, 2017

NASW-IL Statewide Conference
Wheeling, IL
October 23-25, 2017

Chronic Diseases Annual Symposium
Chicago, IL
October 31, 2017

American Public Health Association*
Atlanta, GA
November 4-8, 2017

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Grand Rapids, MI
November 16-18, 2017

Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health*
Arlington, VA
December 4-6, 2017

Society for Social Work & Research
Washington, DC
January 10-14, 2018

* currently accepting abstracts or proposals
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