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March 31, 2014

Can't Miss Events at the Mandel School This Week

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MONDAY, MARCH 31:

This is the last day of Social Work Month, so be sure to stop by the Harris Library -- one of the few social work school libraries in the nation! -- to register to win some great prizes to commemorate the month.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1:

12:45PM - 1:45PM (THIRD FLOOR ATRIUM): Stop by the Student/Faculty Raffle, where just $5 buys you 10 raffle tickets to win great prizes and all the proceeds help future students with scholarships. Prizes include lunch with Dean Gilmore, a painting lesson with Dr. Groza, bike riding with Dr. Chupp, a 2-hour pass to 121 Fitness to exercise with Dr. Mark Singer, movie tickets to the Cedar Lee, gift baskets and more! Prizes drawn every 10 minutes. All proceeds benefit the school fund for student scholarships. (Event is 12:45pm - 1:45pm)

12:45 - 1:45PM (ROOM 320B): Fall Study Abroad Information Session about courses in Ecuador and India

12:50 - 1:50PM (ROOM 112): Information Session on MSSA/JD Dual Degrees with the School of Law

1-2PM (ROOM 225): Kick off Minority Health Month with the BSA with a special viewing of the documentary "When the Bough Breaks," about the health disparities of African-American infants in the NICU, followed by a brief discussion after led by March of Dimes Coordinator Emily Speerbacher. (1 PD hour)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2:

12:45 - 1:45PM (ROOM 320B): Fall Study Abroad Information Session about courses in Ecuador and India

3:00 - 6:00PM (MANDEL CENTER): Career Fair - a chance for students to meet with employers and recruiters about social work and nonprofit positions.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3:

12:45 - 1:45PM (ROOM 320B): Fall Study Abroad Information Session about courses in Ecuador and India

March 28, 2014

Collaborative to End Human Trafficking Symposium on April 5

The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking will present “Responses of Professionals to the Pandemic of Human Trafficking” at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Robbins Building (2210 Circle Drive) on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

The symposium calls on practitioners and students from nursing, medicine, social work, law, business, and law enforcement to broaden their knowledge of human trafficking and how they may encounter it within their discipline; to discuss tools available and still needed in the local community to assess, intervene, and assist victims; and to network more effectively across the disciplines to address prevention, protection, and prosecution.

Keynote speakers include Timothy Mulvey, U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons; Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; and Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services in New York.

In addition, the morning session will include a plenary panel made up of local professionals from the various disciplines to address how the crime of human trafficking presents itself within their field. Panelists include M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, MSASS; Judith P. Lipton, MSSW, JD, Professor of Law, CWRU School of Law; and Roger Saillant, PhD, Executive Director, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management.

The afternoon includes breakout sessions facilitated by local professionals from medicine, nursing, social work, law enforcement, business, and law to provide participants an opportunity to contribute to the conversation regarding challenges and solutions within the multiple disciplines. Facilitators include Maureen Kenny, JD, Professor of Law, CWRU; Kirsti Mouncey, LISW, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, MSASS Adjunct Instructor; and recent CWRU alumna Charity Taylor, BS, BA, Analyst, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.

CE credits for nurses, physicians, social workers and counselors are available.* The application for CLEs has been submitted.

The cost to attend the symposium is $60 for professionals and $15 for students. Free parking and lunch are provided for participants. To register for the event, visit www.hmhousing.org or contact the Collaborative at 440-356-2254.

The symposium is supported by the following: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Catholic Health Partners, Cleveland Clinic, and Nord Family Foundation.

March 19, 2014

CWRU Think Again Speaker Series: Dean Gilmore in D.C. on March 20

Dean Gilmore thumbnail.pngMandel School Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore will be speaking in Washington D.C. tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, as part of the CWRU Alumni Association's Think Again Speaker Series.

His talk, "Improving the Visual World for People With Alzheimer's" will take place at 6pm at the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Headquarters in Washington, D.C. A networking reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will take place following the discussion. Click here to register and for more details.

Dean Gilmore will address his research into how boosting environmental color contrast -- which is among the interventions known as Externally Supported Performance Interventions (ESPI) -- may allow people with dementia and others with visual perception deficits to live independently longer, perform daily tasks, and enjoy life more.

The dean has just returned from a Study Abroad trip to the Netherlands last week with 50 students and four other CWRU faculty. He reported, "The trip was part of four courses we are offering on different aspects of Dutch social policies and practices. We have been doing it for 10+ years. I keep going back because of the profound effect the courses have on students. They often say that the experience is life-changing. I have seen people redefine their career paths. It is these events that makes one feel privileged to be a teacher."

March 17, 2014

Retired faculty member Dr. Grace Brody passed away

Groza Grace Brody Gilmore lo res.jpgIt is with great sadness we share the news that Dr. Grace Brody passed away on March 13 at age 98. Grace joined the faculty of the Mandel School in the late 1960s and retired as an Emeritus Associate Professor in 1986. She was passionate about research and education on child welfare, particularly parent-child relationships.

Grace's first gift to the university was in 1986, to renovate a lounge for doctoral students, in memory of her sister, Anne Freidson. But Grace yearned to do more, and after years of frugal living and sacrifice, in 2007 she donated $1.5 million to the Mandel School to establish an endowed chair, The Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies, a Chair held by Victor Groza (pictured with Grace and Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore in 2007).

The professorship was created to help future social workers build family relations between children and their caregivers and was reflective of Grace's dedication to the fields of family development and child rearing. The appointment of Professor Groza - an expert on adoption and child welfare - as the first chair-holder pleased Grace very much.

A widow at the age of 26, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, William Brody, 72 years ago and by her son, Bill, last year. There will be a graveside service today, Monday, March 17, at 3:00 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Solon, 27855 Aurora Road.

Remembers Dean Gilmore: "I feel fortunate that I knew Grace. She was a witty person with a deep commitment to educating social work students. The Mandel School is stronger because of Grace and we are all better for having known her."

March 13, 2014

International student group presents two upcoming events

2014 International globe.pngMandel School student group LINK (Local InterNational Konnections) is organizing two special events this semester.

On March 25, attend a special lecture entitled "From Ethiopia to Israel: Challenges and Successes in the Absorption of Ethiopian Jews in Israel," presented by Aviv Speigelman and Yuval Kessler, exchange students from Hebrew University. This lecture is at 12:50 to 2:00 p.m. in room 320A of the Mandel School. Lunch is provided and students receive 1 Professional Development hour for attendance.

On April 8, the LINK International Silent Auction will take over the Mandel School's third floor atrium. Students, faculty and staff are invited to browse hundreds of unique silent auction items from noon to 2pm while enjoying internationally-themed finger foods. All proceeds benefit charitable organizations specially selected by LINK student leaders.

LINK is a Mandel School student group that works to facilitate a mutual understanding and sharing of information on cultural practices, philosophies and ideologies among those throughout the world who enact the values and practices of the social work profession. This year, the LINK student coordinators are Agnes Akile and Jun Zhao.

March 12, 2014

Dr. Robert Fischer and the Poverty Center assist Cleveland preschool initiative

Expanding the availability of high-quality preschool for thousands of Cleveland children is the goal of PRE4CLE, a sweeping city-wide initiative that includes the Mandel School's Dr. Robert Fischer and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Dr. Fischer served on the Cleveland Pre-K Task Force that produced the plan, and the Poverty Center had an award from the George Gund Foundation to supply the data needed to inform the planning process. Learn more - and see some of the data - in this front page story in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer.

March 07, 2014

New Strategies for Opioid Abuse among People with Addictions, Mental Illness

SAMI-OpioidSeries-Pills_246p.jpgHeroin, krokodil, and prescription pain killers are opioids that are commonly abused by people with addictions and mental illness. The epidemic in Ohio presents numerous challenges for health and behavioral healthcare professionals. Attend the opioid training series from March to June, sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Enhance your clinical knowledge and skills and improve recovery outcomes. Understand new laws, regulations, and guidelines for prescribing opioid medications. Learn to assess effectively for opioid use disorders, to create effective treatment plans, to use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to mange chronic pain. / Presented by Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Center. / This series is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services OhioMHAS). / $Free for Ohio providers / CEUs / Videoconference events that broadcast to Ohio's regional psychiatric hospitals. Attend at a site near you.

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March 06, 2014

CSWE celebrates Mandel School's Herman Stein and Terry Hokenstad

2014 Hokenstad and Kendall CSWE.JPGToday the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) announced:

"In celebration of Social Work Month, Women’s History Month, and World Social Work Day (March 18, 2014), CSWE has published a paper celebrating the life and work of the late Katherine A. Kendall (former CSWE executive director) and two of her colleagues and former CSWE presidents, Herman Stein and M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad, for their many contributions to social work education domestically and internationally."

In 1991, the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) created an award in Kendall's honor. Dr. Herman Stein, who was a dean of the Mandel School and a former president of IASSW, won it in 1994 (he passed away in 2009). Dr. Terry Hokenstad (pictured with Katherine Kendall), also a former dean and Distinguished Faculty Professor at the Mandel School who serves as a United Nations' NGO representative for IASSW, won the award in 2004.

The newly-published paper, American Contributions to Global Social Work: CSWE Recipients of the IASSW Katherine A. Kendall Memorial Award, provides an overview of the achievements of these three CSWE leaders and their many contributions to social work education around the world. Read the paper here on the CSWE website.


March 06, 2014

Nonprofit Management & Leadership journal seeks editor


Nonprofit Management & Leadership, one of the leading journals in the field of nonprofit management and located at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief to lead the publication.

The new editor will share the journal's commitment to bringing together the best thinking and most advanced knowledge and research about the special needs, challenges, and opportunities of nonprofit organizations. Ideal candidates will have earned significant distinction in the field of nonprofit management and leadership. The editor reports to the dean of the Mandel School, but can be based at any academic or research institution.

The Mandel School offers a Master of Nonprofit Organizations as a key component of the school's commitment to educating emerging leaders in the nonprofit arena and which builds upon nearly 25 years of expertise in delivering nonprofit management education at Case Western Reserve University.

Click the image for complete details from the Mandel School and Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, about the NML Editor-in-Chief search. Questions about the journal or its editorship can be emailed to NMLjournal@case.edu. Application consideration will begin on April 1, 2014.

March 04, 2014

Admissions Information Session on March 8

Students with Indigenous People.jpgInterested in becoming a leader for social and economic change? Explore the Mandel School's top-ranked graduate programs in social work and nonprofit management at an Information Session on Saturday, March 8, at 10:15 a.m. at the Mandel Center for Community Studies (room 105).

At the session, learn about these diverse fields, meet our faculty, talk to current students, and hear about various degree options. Admissions staff will be on hand to provide details about scholarships, international opportunities, paid stipends, and much more.

For more information, call 216.368.2280 or email MandelSchool@case.edu.

March 04, 2014

Special Free Event March 19: Transformation and Purpose from Grief and Loss

sun-drops.jpg Loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, even paralyzing. Join us for a panel discussion with individuals who have adjusted and transformed their own grief following the loss of young children and a long-time spouse. Beth Shapiro, Ph.D, MSSA, LISW-S, Mandel School adjunct instructor, facilitates.
The event is a collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Hospice of the Western Reserve, Lifebanc, Mandel School's Alumni Affairs Office and the Office of Professional Development/Continuing Education (PD/CE) to coincide with MOCA's exhibit DIRGE. learn more...

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February 26, 2014

Report: Estimating the Effect of Demolishing Distressed Structures

Estimating the Effect of Demolishing Distressed Structures in Cleveland, OH, 2009-2013: Impacts on Real Estate Equity and Mortgage-foreclosure

The Thriving Communities Institute has recently released the report "Estimating the Effect of Demolishing Distressed Structures in Cleveland, OH, 2009-2013: Impacts on Real Estate Equity and Mortgage-foreclosure" produced by Griswold Consulting Group and written by Nigel G. Griswold, Benjamin Calnin, Michael Schramm, Luc Anselin, and Paul Boehnlein. The report uses empirical data derived from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community And Neighborhood Data for Organizing) system to econometrically model impacts distressed residential structures and vacant lots have on nearby property values. The report cites NEO CANDO as making the research possible by providing highly sophisticated parcel-level data.

The report was the focus of the opening presentation of the 2014 Cleveland City Council Community Development Block Grant Hearings on February 11, 2014.

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February 25, 2014

Promote Health-Behavior Change among People with Severe Mental Illness

17962428_walkingshoes_246p.jpgLearn to support health-behavior change among people with severe mental illness and addiction in your community with stages of change, motivational interviewing, and tobacco interventions. The Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is adding new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls as part of Ohio's initiative to promote integrated primary and behavioral healthcare. The initiative is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The training events and teleconferences are designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio.

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February 20, 2014

Longtime faculty member Joe Pyles, 94, has passed away

2014 Joseph Pyles.jpgIt is with great sadness we share the news that Joseph Pyles (MSSA, 1952) has passed away at the age of 94. Well-known in Northeast Ohio as a social worker at the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Families, the Catholic Counseling Center of Cleveland, and Metro General Hospital, he was also a longtime member of the Mandel School faculty and a mentor of Dr. Jerry Strom.

But long before all that, Joe was a Buffalo Soldier of the 92nd Division in World War II. Unlike his white Army counterparts, Joe, as a person of color, was not allowed to carry a loaded gun, boarded the bus in the rear, and was served out of the back door of local cafes. In 2012, he told The Plain Dealer about his experiences facing prejudice while defending his country. Read the interview and watch a video: http://bitly.com/JoePyles

His friends at the Mandel School recall his memories of his wartime service, noting that Joe was assigned to Italy and made friends with families there that he continued to visit for years after. As a field education adviser and adjunct faculty, Joe mentored many, many students and was always kind and interested in their welfare. He stayed active, playing tennis well into his 80s.

The wake for Joe Pyles is tomorrow, February 21, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anne's Church in Cleveland Heights, immediately followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m.

February 14, 2014

Report: The Role of Investors in the One-to-Three-Family REO Market: The Case of Cleveland

Location of Post-REO Purchases, 2000-2013

A team of local researchers, including the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Thriving Communities Institute, Poverty Center Affiliated Faculty Member Robin Dubin, and others, have released a report on the effects of investor-ownership on foreclosed properties, convened by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and the What Works Collaborative.

The report, The Role of Investors in the One-to-Three-Family REO Market: The Case of Cleveland, shows that nearly one out of every three Cleveland homes sold by banks after mortgage foreclosures end up condemned, abandoned, boarded up or demolished. Hazard-rate analysis shows that the failure rate for these transactions is five times higher for larger investors and out-of-state buyers than for small investors. Properties that ended up in the hands of land banks, community development corporations and governments, when compared to small investors, were three times more likely to succeed.

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February 14, 2014

Dr. David Biegel recognized as fellow of American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

SSWR 2014 Biegel AASWSW Fellow lo res.jpg Professor David E. Biegel was recently recognized as an American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare(AASWSW) Fellow, joining an elite group of social work scholars and practitioners. Dr. Biegel was inducted last month by Dr. Richard P. Barth (at left, President of AASWSW) and Dr. Deborah Padgett (at right, AASWSW Board member), along with 16 other fellows. At the Mandel School, Dr. Claudia Coulton is also a fellow and Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, Phd is the ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

The American Academy of Social Work and Welfare is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of social work and social welfare that recognizes individuals and supports endeavors of those who are dedicated to bettering the social good. Dr. Biegel, the Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice and a professor of psychiatry and sociology, has spent several decades researching the impact of chronic illness on families.

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February 13, 2014

IBmag.com: More Community Involvement in Business Education

Dr. Robert Fischer

More business schools are integrating corporate responsibility and civic involvement into their traditional curricula, according to Inside Business Magazine (IBmag.com) in their January/February 2014 issue. While many organizations already invest in their community and build relationships, the trend has been shifting toward including the importance of this in business school education. A national rise in nonprofit courses and degree programs has encouraged research and education in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors.

Dr. Robert Fischer, director of the nonprofit degree program at Case Western Reserve University and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was quoted for this story.

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February 07, 2014

Teaching Human Rights: An invaluable resource for social work educators

2014 Teaching Human Rights.jpgTeaching Human Rights, co-edited by M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School, is a new curriculum handbook published by CSWE Press that provides invaluable resources to social work educators for teaching about a highly relevant topic that has sometimes been overlooked in social work education, and it reflects the Council of Social Work Education’s initiatives to integrate human rights into established courses or create new ones.

Similar to a resource guidebook, Teaching Human Rights provides social work teachers with:
• Classroom syllabi;
• Course modules;
• Teaching exercises;
• Media on human rights.

“We hope that by teaching students about human rights, they come to understand its complexities and eventually are inspired to work for change,” Hokenstad said.

The Mandel School is a pioneer in incorporating social justice into its curriculum, and now this book helps other schools do the same. Currently only about 10-15% of schools of social work have social justice content in their curriculum. At the Mandel School, all students are required to take a Social Policy class their first year, which includes a module on human right and social justice.

Hokenstad is the lead editor of Teaching Human Rights. He teamed up with co-editors Lynn M. Healy from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Uma A. Segal from the University of Missouri. The editors are members of the advisory board of the Katharine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education that sets policies and initiates actions the benefit international social work organizations.

The book draws upon Hokenstad’s publications and experiences as a long-time member of the United Nations NGO Committee on Aging, with its recent focus on promoting a Human Rights Convention on Older People. He recently led human rights workshops in Stockholm, Sweden and Dallas, Texas. Hokenstad will be leading a Study Abroad group to Geneva, Switzerland in May to study global health initiatives and tour the European United Nations Headquarters, the World Health Organization and observe the World Health Assembly.

February 05, 2014

U.S Rep. Marcia Fudge to present annual CWRU Louis Stokes Symposium Speech on Feb. 10

2014 Marcia Fudge.jpg U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) will bring a clear yet concise message to Case Western Reserve University’s 2014 Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Social Issues and Community: When opportunity knocks, be ready.

All are invited to the free, public event on Monday, Feb. 10, at 12:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. Mandel School students will be given Professional Development (PD) credit for attending.

Fudge’s address, “Seizing Opportunity: Public Service and Beyond,” will involve such themes as being prepared to forge ahead when unexpected opportunities arise and the value of public service in contributing to personal development and building a stronger nation and communities.

The Louis Stokes Symposium is a public forum honoring dedication to leadership in public service and civic engagement as exemplified by former U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, a civil rights pioneer who is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Mandel School and whose Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Service offers full-tuition scholarships to students. The annual symposium features an individual in the public arena leading thought-provoking discussion about the continuing importance and value of public leadership in the 21st century with members of the Greater Cleveland community, the campus community and others.

An empowering and inspirational speaker, Fudge draws from her experience as former mayor of Warrensville Heights, for which she was the first African-American and the first female mayor of that city. Fudge became a Congresswoman in a special 2008 election and is serving her third consecutive term representing Ohio’s 11th District, comprising 32 municipalities in Cuyahoga and Summit counties.

In Congress, Fudge is known as an advocate to reduce childhood obesity and the hunger problem through her work on the Agriculture Committee, and for education and jobs through the Education and the Workforce Committee. In 2012, she was unanimously elected to become the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

February 02, 2014

Cleveland artist FLESH, exhibits new work at the Gallery@MSASS located at the Mandel School

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Artist, FLESH, was invited to exhibit his art work during Black History Month. His style of work follows the Minimalist and Neo-Expressionist movements; the drawings and paintings seem almost child-like. His deliberate but minimal brush strokes are often augmented by earth tone colors. In his pieces, he usually elaborates on a single object; such as an outlined drawing of a human head.

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February 02, 2014

Cleveland artist James Jenkins, exhibits new work at the Gallery@MSASS located at the Mandel School

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Artist James Jenkins, was invited to exhibit his art work during Black History Month. His mixed media works use realistic objects, often in a somewhat surprising context. The objects that he uses range from the face of a watch, a puzzle piece, the front of an old cell phone, glass pieces, sandpaper, and other unusual objects. These seemingly random objects are strategically placed in the paintings; they capture the ambience of life as he experiences it. For example, in his work entitled, IT’S VERY DARK ON MY STREET, the painting provokes fear by his use of moody colors and deliberate brush strokes.

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January 31, 2014

Play Bingo on February 6, Help Indigenous Maya in Guatemala

2014 Guatemala Artwork Groza.PNGStudy Abroad students and faculty at the Mandel School who are traveling to Guatemala over spring break are doing more than deciding what clothes to pack. They are organizing fundraisers to help some of the social-service agencies in Guatemala they plan to visit.

Join them for Bingo for Guatemalan Health Care on Thursday, February 6, at 6-8pm in Room 320 at the Mandel School. The $5 fee includes admission, two bingo cards, and a concession stand voucher for one drink or snack item. 100% of the proceeds will go to ODIM and WINGS, healthcare clinics in rural Guatemala that the students and faculty will visit to personally deliver the donations. The Study Abroad course in March, "Guatemala: Community Based Child Welfare," is led by Professors Victor Groza and Zoe Breen Wood to study child welfare issues, social services and indigenous community practices, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of social policies and human services in both Guatemala and the U.S. The course is full.

January 30, 2014

In My Own Words: Dirk

IMOW-Dirk-Ex2face_246p.jpg(A first-person recovery story about mental illness and addiction published by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices.) My name is Dirk. I am forty-seven years old, and I live in The Netherlands. At this moment, I live at Mentrum (a mental health care institution, part of Arkin) in Amsterdam. Herewith, I tell you my life story and, foremost, how I stopped taking drugs. I do so, because I hope that others can use my experience. My dream is to help other people with my knowledge and experience.

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January 27, 2014

ALERT: Classes canceled on Tuesday, January 28

In anticipation of dangerously cold weather and high winds, Case Western Reserve University has CANCELED ALL CLASSES on Tuesday, January 28. All other campus operations are delayed until 10 a.m. The university again will run additional shuttles during peak hours on Tuesday. Watch your email and case.edu for additional updates.

January 24, 2014

Career Development Night for Students on January 29

FB 2013 Career.jpg Calling all students! Here is your opportunity to meet and network with Mandel School alumni in various fields.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT NIGHT
Wednesday, January 29
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Room 320 Mandel School

Enjoy dinner with a panel of Mandel School alumni who will answer your questions about their career paths, give advice on how to start or continue your career, and maybe even bring a few job leads. Please don't miss this chance to network with alumni and learn about the wide variety of career opportunities that await you. This is a FREE event open to all students. To attend, please RSVP to (216) 368-0113 or email Edna.Wade@case.edu by Tuesday, January 28.

Our alumni panelists are:
+ Kathleen Lawry (MSSA 1980) - Director of Reliant Review for the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and Consultant for the Association of Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.
+ Nancy Lowrie (MSSA 1995) - Owner of Nancy Lowrie & Associates
+ Jeffrey Lox (MSSA 1995) - Chief Clinical Officer at Bellefaire JCB
+ Michelle Miller (MSSA 1999) - Pediatric Social Worker at Hospice of the Western Reserve
+ Stacey Rokoff (MSSA 2003) - Chief Program Manager at Evi-Base
+ Nora Hennessy (MNO 2003) - Associate Dean, Development & External Relations at the Mandel School

This special event is presented by the Mandel School Alumni Association Board and is chaired by board member Karen Vrtunski (MSSA 1985).

January 24, 2014

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Stages of Behavior Change

18649392_Sittingman_246p.JPGIncrease housing stability among people with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. The Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is hosting an important one-day training on five different days at multiple locations throughout Ohio from February to May 2014. Designed for staff and supervisors of housing services (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca), but others are welcomed. Learn what to say and not say when encouraging behavior change, plus much more. Presented by Deana Leber-George and Scott Gerhard of the Center.

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January 17, 2014

Alumna Wins Major Award at SSWR 2014 Annual Conference

MS 2014 SSWR Phyllis Solomon.jpg The Mandel School is proud to recognize and congratulate alumna Phyllis Solomon (PhD, 1978) for receiving the Distinguished Career Advancement Award at the 18th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on January 15-19, 2014. She was honored by the society for her work with severe mental illness.

A broad range of research by Mandel School faculty, doctoral students and recent graduates was presented at the SSWR 2014 Annual Conference. Faculty presenters: David E. Biegel, PhD; David Crampton, PhD; Kathleen J. Farkas, PhD; Megan R. Holmes, PhD; Meeyoung Min, PhD; Sonia Minnes, PhD; Anna Maria Santiago, PhD; Mark I. Singer, PhD; Elizabeth M. Tracy, MISW, LISW, PhD; and Amy Blank Wilson, PhD. Doctoral students and recent graduates: Suzanne Brown, PhD; Ching-Wen Chang; Chia Ling Chung; Marjorie Edguer; Michael Gearhart; Karen Ishler, PhD; Min Kyoung Jun (PhD, January 2014); Julia Kobulsky; Heehyul Moon, PhD; Minso Paek, PhD; Hyunyong Park; and Susan Yoon.

January 15, 2014

Students: New semester, new leadership, new renovation ideas needed

MS 2013 Entrance Pillar.jpg Mandel School students began the Spring 2014 semester this week. In addition to busy rounds of classes and field work, they are welcoming new leadership and are invited by the dean to provide input on the upcoming renovation of the building.

The Mandel Council - the student leadership group that coordinates activities and ensures student representation on faculty and school committees - has announced its elected leadership for 2014-2015. They are:

2014-2105 MANDEL COUNCIL STUDENT LEADERSHIP
President: Rachel Wilkens
Vice President: Nina Holzer
Director of Communications: Jessica Feinman
Director of Programming: Mandy Gross
Graduate Student Senate Representative: Courtney Diener
Graduate Professional Council Representative: Amy Campbell
Intensive Weekend Representative: Scott Campbell

The Mandel School is embarking on a major renovation of our building, and Dean Gilmore invites all students to participate in a visioning session on Tuesday, January 21, at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in MSASS Room 222. At this session, students can enjoy a pizza lunch, meet the architects from Westlake Reed Leskosky who are designing the renovation, and provide input on how we can create spaces that will make learning, teaching and collaborating even better.

January 13, 2014

Underground Railroad in University Circle: Special MLK Lecture on January 23 by Alumna Joan Southgate

Today, the Mandel School is on the corner of Ford and Bellflower Roads in University Circle. But over 150 years ago, this area was the home to families who farmed the land and - in their brave opposition to slavery - became conductors for the Underground Railroad.

All are invited to learn more about this amazing chapter in Cleveland history in a special MLK lecture about University Circle's abolitionist families by alumna Joan Southgate (MSSA, 1954) on Thursday, January 23, at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (Room 320).

No ordinary historian, Joan Southgate has walked in the footsteps of runaway slaves (which became the subject of her 2004 book, In Their Path: A Grandmother's 519-Mile Underground Railroad Walk) and founded Restore Cleveland Hope, a coalition of activists that celebrates Cleveland's anti-slavery past and has worked passionately to save the last standing pre-Civil War home in University Circle, the Cozad-Bates House. Now in her 90s, Southgate was the Mandel School graduation commencement speaker in 2010 and has won numerous awards, including the Southern Christian Leadership Council's Trailblazer Award.

This lecture is part of Case Western Reserve's Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Week. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. (1.5 CEUs are also available for $15 and Professional Development hours are available to Mandel School students). To register, click here.

January 13, 2014

Pay for Success to Transform Human Services Delivery in Cuyahoga

Seal of Cuyahoga County

In a press release from Cuyahoga County on December 27, 2013, County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced how the "Pay for Success" model will transform human services delivery, benefiting homeless families and saving the County millions of dollars.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is one of the partner organizations for Pay for Success.

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January 09, 2014

Study: Released inmates need reentry programs to meet basic and mental health needs

2014 Amy Blank Wilson thumbnail.jpg When inmates with severe mental illness are released from jail, their priority is finding shelter, food, money and clothes. Even needs as basic as soap and a place to bathe can be hard to come by for people leaving jail, according to a new study from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

“Reentering the community after a period of incarceration in jail is a complex situation,” said Amy Blank Wilson, PhD (right), who researches jail and prison issues as Assistant Professor at the Mandel School. She says it's even more difficult for inmates who suffer from major mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia.

Wilson conducted the study to learn why inmates with mental illnesses don’t take advantage of available mental-health services after release. Her findings were reported in the Qualitative Health Research journal article, “How People With Serious Mental Illness Seek Help after Leaving Jail.”

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January 08, 2014

Washington Post: Debt-Collecting Machine

Michael Schramm

In "Debt-Collecting Machine" on December 8, 2013, The Washington Post investigated Aeon Financial. According to the Post, this tax lien purchaser has threatened to foreclose on thousands of properties in multiple states but it's difficult to determine who owns or how to contact the company. The Post worked with Michael Schramm, a research associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, to review the data while looking into Aeon's activities in Cleveland.

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January 06, 2014

Treatment for U.S. Veterans Addresses Both Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

5112018_MalePortrait_246p.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices was highlighted for its work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in a story by Jeb Phillips of The Columbus Dispatch. The story, titled "Veterans' treatment addresses both mental illness, substance abuse," features Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, of the Center as well as partners from the VA system in Ohio. Learn more about the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, for U.S. veterans in Ohio. The Center is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

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January 05, 2014

First State of the Field Scan on Mixed-Income Developments

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The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities has released its
first State of the Field scan on Social Dynamics in Mixed-Income Developments. This report is the first effort to conduct data collection across a broad set of mixed-income developments nationwide. The focus of this first state of the field scan is on the topic of "social dynamics" in mixed-income developments including issues of social interaction, community building, social control and governance. This scan is based on information from 31 developments across the country.

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January 03, 2014

Rozenia Cunningham, artist

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Rozenia Cunningham, fine artist, works with a variety of mediums and styles. She is a painter, creates mixed media collages, and is a ceramist. Every piece of her work expresses her passion, imagination and creativity. Her subject matter and mediums vary. According to Ms. Cunningham; “I like to challenge myself with various art mediums, styles, and subjects…through observing, listening, and dreaming bring my “creations” all together.”

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January 02, 2014

Cityscape Mixed-Income Symposium

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Cityscape Mixed-Income Symposium Summary and Response: Implications for Antipoverty Policy

Mark Joseph, Director of NIMC and Associate Professor at The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, wrote a summative piece in the latest Cityscape Symposium on the Mixed Messages on Mixed Incomes. He asserts that the literature on poverty deconcentration consists of two main policy approaches, dispersal and mixed-income, and fundamental questions still remain even after 20 years of research on poverty deconcentration efforts.

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December 18, 2013

Understanding Addiction

SAMI-Addiction_246p.jpgTraining Event: January 8, 2014 / 9a to 4:30p / Columbus, OH / CEUs / $75 Ohio providers; $115 non-Ohio / "Understanding Addiction" introduces participants to the diagnosis and treatment of chemical dependency. Participants will learn about ASAM criteria and the biopsychosocial implications of substance addiction among individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. / Presented by Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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December 18, 2013

DDCAT: Stage-Wise Applications

DDCAT-StageWise_246p.jpgTraining Event: January 30, 2014 / Parma, OH / CEUs / $75 Ohio providers, $115 non-Ohio / "DDCAT: Stage-Wise Application Training" will explore the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) index and Transtheoretical Model of Change (stages of change) to enhance services for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Learn to evaluate stages of change (readiness to change) among people you serve and how to utilize stage-appropriate interventions. Presented by Jeremy Evenden and Patrick Boyle of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices and by John Scalish and Lou LaMarca of Community Assessment Treatment Services in Cleveland.

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December 10, 2013

WCPN: Investing in Children Improves Health

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After the recent discussion on The Sound of Ideas on the benefits of universal prekindergarten education, Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed for a follow-up by WCPN 90.3 for "Be Well: Investing in Children Improves Health" aired on December 10, 2013. Sarah Jane Tribble, health reporter for ideastream, spoke with Dr. Fischer and Rebekah Dorman, director of Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, after both were guests on The Sound of Ideas the prior week.

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December 09, 2013

WCPN: Preschool ABCs

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Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was one of the guests on WCPN 90.3's radio program The Sound of Ideas to discuss "Preschool ABC's" on December 4, 2013. This discussion was in response to the recent findings from the Poverty Center study on the benefits of prekindergarten education. Rebekah Dorman and Nikiaa Robinson, director and program manager respectively for Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, were also guests for the program, hosted by Mike McIntyre.

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December 05, 2013

Launch of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

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A central resource for research and information about creating and sustaining mixed-income communities has launched with resources available online at http://nimc.case.edu/ at Case Western Reserve University.

The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC) is based in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Mark Joseph, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of NIMC, said NIMC's mission is to help reduce urban poverty and promote successful mixed-income communities by facilitating high-quality research and making information and evidence easily available to policymakers and practitioners.

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December 03, 2013

Think: High Quality Pre-K Narrows Gap

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's evaluation study of the benefits of prekindergarten education was featured as the top story in the latest edition of Think, Case Western Reserve University's online news magazine, in "CWRU study finds high quality preschool narrows gap between high-risk kids and higher achievers" on November 26, 2013. "High quality preschool settings are a sure bet for helping children get ready for kindergarten, and are particularly effective in helping higher-risk children close the readiness gap," said Poverty Center Co-Director Robert Fischer.

The evaluation study to measure the effectiveness of preschool programs was funded by Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children and the Cleveland Foundation.

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November 27, 2013

Observer: Food Stamp Cut Hits Cuyahoga Residents

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Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed by the Case Western Reserve University student-run newspaper, The Observer, in "Food stamp cut hits 272,143 Cuyahoga County residents" on November 22, 2013. "There are 160,000 people on food stamps in the city of Cleveland alone," Fischer said. "About 40 percent of those recipients are children under the age of 18. The cuts are significant and they hit a lot of families."

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November 15, 2013

Ohio Invests in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) to Reduce Homelessness, Hospitalization for People with Severe Mental Illness

3901676_ACT-brand_246p-cart.jpgThe State of Ohio is making another commitment to the health and well-being of people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of homelessness, psychiatric hospitalization, and institutional recidivism by investing in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), the evidence-based practice for this high-risk, priority population. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently funded the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to help organizations implement ACT and integrate ACT with IDDT.

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November 13, 2013

Plain Dealer: Nonprofit CEOs with Excessive Pay are Minority

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A Cleveland Plain Dealer article, "Nonprofit CEOs with excessive pay are in the minority, national research group says," quotes Dr. Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Director of the Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The study by Charity Navigator on CEO Charity Compensation examines nearly 4,000 non-profits across the US, focusing on the largest nonprofits, and their CEO's compensation, which is available through the charity's Federal Form 990 reports for the previous years.

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November 06, 2013

Report: Broken Homes, Broken Dreams

Broken Homes, Broken Dreams: Families' Experiences with Foreclosure

The housing crisis has changed the face of the housing market, devastated communities, and disrupted the lives of families. In Broken Homes, Broken Dreams: Families' Experiences with Foreclosure, the third Briefly Stated report released by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in 2013, this study explored 29 families' experiences with foreclosure, documenting their experiences from the time they first obtained their mortgage until they faced foreclosure (and in a few cases, after). The study, funded by an Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant at Case Western Reserve University, was led by an interdisciplinary team of investigators, within and outside of Case Western Reserve University, including Cyleste Collins, a Senior Research Associate at the Poverty Center, David Rothstein (formerly of Policy Matters Ohio), director of resource development and public affairs for Neighborhood Housing Services, Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Poverty Center, and Jill Korbin, and Gabriella Celeste of the Schubert Center for Child Studies.

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November 05, 2013

Mental Health and Addiction Conference 2013: Coming Together for a Healthy Ohio

OACBHA-Conference_246p.jpgDecember 16-17, 2013 / Columbus, OH/ CEUs / Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the "Mental Health & Addiction Conference 2013: Coming Together for a Healthy Ohio." Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, will present "Motivational Interviewing: Building a Sustainable Practice." Steve Shober, BS, LSW, and Nicole Clevenger, BFA, will present "Principles of Evidence-Based Supported Employment." / The Conference is hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and will feature over 30 workshops on a variety of topics.

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October 30, 2013

Foundations of Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment

SAMI-IntegAssessment_246p.jpgTraining Event / December 3-4, 2013 / Columbus, OH / $100 Ohio providers; $250 non-Ohio providers/ CEUs / "Foundations of Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment" is for clinicians who conduct comprehensive assessments of individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI, COD). Presenters will use "SAMHSA Tip 42" as a primary learning tool, with an emphasis on case studies./Presented by Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, and Ric Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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October 24, 2013

Report on Choice Neighborhoods

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Developing Choice Neighborhoods: An Early Look at Implementation in Five Sites - Interim Report

The Urban Institute recently released an interim report for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on the first five implementation sites for the Choice Neighborhoods program. Mark Joseph and NIMC are part of the national evaluation team conducting preliminary research on this federal mixed-income housing program. The Choice Neighborhoods program supports local collaborations to redevelop distressed public housing projects while supporting the transformation of the surrounding neighborhoods into vibrant mixed-income communities.

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October 23, 2013

Belt Magazine: A Tale of Two Foreclosures

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Belt Magazine has looked to discover what has happened to families in foreclosure after leaving their homes, as featured in "A Tale of Two Foreclosures" on October 14, 2013. The article included comments by David Rothstein, director of resource development and public affairs for Neighborhood Housing Services, co-investigator of the interdisciplinary study "Broken Homes, Broken Dreams," with Cyleste Collins, a senior research associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. This study was funded by an Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant at Case Western Reserve University.

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October 18, 2013

Natalia Dale, artist

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Natalia Dale, photographer and mixed media artist shows her creative and imaginative multi-faceted talents. The photographic presentation of her works range from the natural beauty of a flower in blossom; to the mixed media abstract silhouettes that she paints. Photography requires a specific set of skills; as her skill set has changed from traditional to more abstract with the assistance of the digital revolution. She transfers her photos to foil and/or analog tape. She is curious to try new techniques and you can see her talent evolve.

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October 18, 2013

Ryan Upp, artist

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Ryan Upp, artist has an incredible imagination and artistic talent. He paints, draws, sculpts, works with mixed media and photography. Currently he is finishing up his senior year, working on his BA, Studio Art, at Cleveland State University. His work consists of Mythological Women using mixed media and drawing techniques. The Mythological women he portrays are Goddesses, such as Persephone or Queens, such as Cleopatra. The works are magical and you can see his passion with person and their myth.

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October 18, 2013

Unknown Cleveland artist

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Unknown Cleveland artist; his or her works are on the third floor at MSASS. As the MSASS Art Curator, I have given the series (six paintings) the title, Anthropophobia. I found these paintings on a curb outside of an apartment building off of Pearl Road in the Old Brooklyn area. There is a precarious message in these series. I find the message to be the decline of “humans” losing touch with the city and people. The first painting shows a hominid with his head erect and walking upright. As you progress through the next four paintings, then to the final piece. The man as become bent over and has a Homo erectus gait. This is my interpretation of the work; others may view the works in a different way. What I do not understand is why the artist threw the work away.
June Hund

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October 11, 2013

In My Own Words: An Introduction to the Series

IMOW-Intro-Ex_246p.jpg"In My Own Words" is an emerging series of first-person recovery stories from people throughout Ohio and the United States and in other countries, including the Netherlands. The series is published by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

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October 10, 2013

In My Own Words: Kerri

IMOW-Keri-Excerpt2_rule_246p.jpgI have gradually started to think about my circumstances and myself in a better light. Now life has meaning for me. I am eager to wake up in the morning. I no longer feel imprisoned by the past. (A first-person recovery story published by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.)

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October 04, 2013

Ohio Invites Halfway Houses and Residential Addiction-Treatment Centers to Expand Services, Include Mental Illness

9423901_maninbaseballhat_246p.jpgThe State of Ohio is taking another important step to integrate behavioral healthcare services, this time by enhancing the capacity of halfway houses and residential addiction-treatment centers to provide services for people with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The initiative kicks off in November 2013 with a series of training events for supervisors and direct service staff of residential facilities and halfway houses. The initiative is being led by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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September 26, 2013

Peer Support: 3 Trainings for Skill Development

BA-PeerSupport_246p.jpgEvents sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. [1.] "Benefits Advocacy Basics for Peer Supporters" (October 10, 2013/ 9:30a to 2:00p/ Cleveland, OH) ... [2.] "The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing for Peer Supporters" (November 26, 2013 / 9a to 12p/ Cleveland, OH). ... [3.] "Overview of Evidence-Based Supported Employment for Peer Supporters" (November 26, 2013/ 1 to 4:15p / Cleveland, OH. Presented by Steve Shober and Nicole Clevenger of our Center.

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September 26, 2013

Twitter

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September 26, 2013

Plain Dealer: Cuyahoga Foreclosures 10 Year Low

Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways

The recent Thriving Communities Institute report that uses data from NEO CANDO has also been featured in "Cuyahoga County foreclosures headed for 10-year low" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer on September 26, 2013. While the number of foreclosures are down 30% from the high in 2007, the story and the report highlight continuing concerns.

Download the Thriving Communities report.

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September 25, 2013

Newsnet 5: Cuyahoga Foreclosures Dropping

Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways

Citing a new report from the Thriving Communities Institute, Newsnet 5 reported on September 23, 2013 that "Cuyahoga County foreclosure rates have dropped back to 2003 levels." Released a day prior, the Thriving Communities report "Foreclosure and Vacant Property Trends in Cuyahoga County" uses data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development obtained via NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

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September 20, 2013

North Royalton Post: Over 1500 Residents on Food Assistance

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The need for donations to food banks is substantial, according to The Post of North Royalton in "Food bank to begin harvesting donations" on September 19, 2013. Judy Willey, the director for North Royalton's office on Aging & Human Services, used data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development to highlight the severity of the need.

"If we review other statistical data taken from the Center for Urban Poverty of the School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve, we learn that in North Royalton we have over 1,500 city residents on food assistance," Willey said.

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September 19, 2013

Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI

17962428_walkingshoes_246p.jpgThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices has added new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series (Oct 3, Oct 15, Nov 14) and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls (Sept 17) as part of the Ohio Health Homes initiative, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The training events and teleconferences are designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio. Learn to support health-behavior change with stages of change, motivational interviewing, tobacco interventions.

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September 13, 2013

Meredith Hahn, artist

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Meredith Hahn, artist, is a local Clevelander. She is a figurative artist expressing herself using paint, ink, and other found objects. Her art is full of expression entangled with personal experiences. Depending on her creative mood, her color palate ranges from bright beautiful hues of red and purple; to dark shades of black, burnt sienna, and orange. Often her brush strokes are elongated and range from thin to thick. The elongation and strokes is often seen on the hair of a figure she paints.

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September 13, 2013

Holley Jones, (GE HO JO), artist

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Artist, Holley Jones, (GE HO JO) rural landscapes depict the beauty of the environment that he reside in. The landscapes are colorful abstractions of his perception of nature in Arkansas, the North West Ozark Mountain range. The hustle and bustle of city life is totally ignored in this landscape series. The color plate that he uses creates a peaceful and clamming place.

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August 29, 2013

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing, Parts 1 & 2

MotivInterv_246p.JPGFoundations, Part 1: September 25, 2013/ Foundations, Part 2: October 15, 2013/ 9a to 4p/ Athens, OH/ $75 or $115/ CEUs/ "Foundations of Motivational Interviewing" introduces the philosophy and essential constructs of this evidence-based treatment. Participate in skill-building exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for fostering change and responding to ambivalence to change among individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorders. These events utilize role play and other group exercises to help you recognize, elicit, and strengthen change-talk among people you serve. MI is a core component of IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices./ Presenter Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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August 15, 2013

Ohio Sponsors Training Series for Medical Professionals to Advance Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, SAMI Treatment

MedicalProf-Female_246p.jpgRegister now for Sept 5 & 19 events!/ Beginning this fall, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) teams up, once again, with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to deliver a series of important trainings for medical professionals. The video conferences will advance OhioMHAS' commitment to increasing dual-diagnosis-treatment capability, integrated behavioral healthcare and SAMI treatment, and continuity of care throughout Ohio's system of inpatient and community-based care for people with severe mental illness. CMEs + CEUs for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, chemical dependency counselors.

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August 14, 2013

Medical Professionals & Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Booklet

IDDTmedprofess_246p.jpgDownload, order, bookmark this resource from our Center!/ Free PDF./ Printed copies available./ "Medical Professionals & Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment" is an 8-page booklet that is a quick introduction to the principles and practices of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice. It is designed for medical professionals who want to improve their clinical relationships with and outcomes for people with co-occurring substance abuse and severe mental illness (SAMI). It includes tips for prescribing medications for both disorders. A great tool for psychiatrists, nurses, physicians of internal medicine and family practice, among others.

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August 13, 2013

Job Board Supports Team Building, Promotes Best Practices for SMI, Addiction, Health Homes

5580972_womentalking_246p.JPGThis Job Board is a recruitment tool for healthcare and behavioral healthcare organizations that receive consultation services from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. It is also a job-search and career-advancement tool for professionals who are committed to providing innovative, integrated, and person-centered care to people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other co-occurring health conditions.

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August 07, 2013

Tribune-Review: A Stabilization Team for Pittsburgh

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Using the Neighborhood Stabilization Team of Cleveland as a model, officials and community developers in Pittsburgh are hoping to reduce urban blight and encourage community improvement, as reported by TribLive Neighborhoods in "'Stabilization team' to study west Frankstown area" on August 6, 2013. The Penn Hills Neighborhood Stabilization Team has examined what Cleveland has done, including efforts by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and its NEO CANDO system.

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July 19, 2013

Peer Support Conference: Year of the Peer

OEC-PeerSupportConf-Man_246p.jpgAugust 9-10, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ $75-$100/ CEUs/ Join Steve Shober and Nicole Clevenger of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their workshops about benefits advocacy and job search and selection during the Fourth Annual OEC Conference, titled "Peer Support: Year of the Peer, Embracing Peer Support Services." This event features multiple workshops and a keynote by Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA. This event is sponsored by The Ohio Employment Coalition, Inc., which is dedicated to improving mental health services throughout the state.

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July 18, 2013

Benefits & Work: It's Not All or Nothing (Poster)

BPworkposter_246p.jpgBookmark this resource from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices!/ Free PDF/ Printed copies available/ This colorful 18" x 24" poster informs people about the importance of understanding benefits information (e.g., SSI, SSDI, Medicaid) while pursuing and working a job. The poster presents some common myths about benefits programs for disabilities and a truth to dispel each myth. Display it in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Mini-poster handout version also available.

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July 17, 2013

News Herald: NEO Works to Attract Millennials

Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio’s Young and Middle-Age Adults Are Locating

A report released by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was used by the News Herald in "Northeast Ohio communities work to attract Millennials" on July 14, 2013 to show migration trends in young adults. With these trends in mind, many communities in Northeast Ohio are looking for ways to become more appealing for young adults to move in and stay.

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June 19, 2013

Peer Support Symposium

OEC-PeerSupport-Woman_246p.jpgJune 27, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ $10/ CEUs/ Join Nicole Clevenger of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her panel presentation during the "Peer Supporter Symposium." This event explores Ohio's new integrated model for certified peer specialists and peer recovery coaches. This event features four panel discussions with multiple presenters and a keynote by nationally known peer trainer Antonio Lambert. Learn how to become a certified CPS or PRC in Ohio and much more. This event is sponsored by The Ohio Employment Coalition, Inc.

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June 11, 2013

Dynamics of Mixed-Income Communities Discussion: Mark Joseph

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Dr. Mark Joseph, Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, was a panelist at the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Dynamics of Mixed-Income Communities discussion on June 10, 2013. A webcast of the event will be available.

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June 05, 2013

Alice Hill Seifullah - artist

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Alice Hill Seifullah, is a talented portrait artist. She is a Cleveland artist that works in a variety of mediums. She has painted portraits of prominent Cleveland public figures, as commissioned work; but enjoys working on portraits of her friends and family. She is a natural at catching an accurate mood and/or atmosphere of that the person is engrossed in.

Ms. Seifullah is an active member in the Cleveland community. She teaches life drawing at Tri-C and is an instructor of art in the Encore Program at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus. She is multi talented with not only her visual arts ability, but also her musical endeavors. She plays viola for the Tri-C Symphony Orchestra, has performed with the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and the Melting Pot Jazz Orchestra.

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June 04, 2013

Clinical Guide for Integrated SAMI Treatment

IDDTclinicalguide_246p.jpgBookmark this resource about integrating behavioral healthcare from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Free 56-page PDF booklet. / The "Clinical Guide for Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)" provides an introduction to the clinical strategies of this evidence-based practice for people with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD). It features an 8-page Stage-Wise Treatment table, which is an at-a-glance overview of clinical philosophies and practices. An ideal tool for educating, training, and building consensus for integrated treatment among multiple audiences in your organization and community. Visit the Center's webiste.

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June 03, 2013

Addiction Studies Institute 2013

AddictionStudies_246p.jpgJuly 31-Aug 2, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the annual "Addiction Studies Institute," hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of our Center will present two workshops: "Life after DSM-5: New Classification for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders" and "Medications in the Treatment of Addiction and Mental Illness." Sign up for her workshops. Also, stop by our display table. The Institute draws over 850 professionals each year.

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June 02, 2013

Promoting Continuity of Care in Tobacco Interventions

TRAC-interventions-video_246p.jpgJune 26, 2013/ CEUs/ $Free for Ohio providers/ Video Conference that broadcasts to multiple sites in Ohio. Attend at a site near you. / "Promoting Continuity of Care in Tobacco Interventions" is presented by Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This event examines tobacco interventions for inpatient and outpatient settings and Health Homes, with an emphasis upon transitions in care, discharge planning, and appropriate follow-up for all individuals who use tobacco.

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May 16, 2013

Regional Meetings for Integrated SAMI Treatment

RegionalMtgs-ITx_246p-sami.jpg$0, Free./ Check for dates, times, locations of next meeting near you./ "Regional Meetings for Integrated SAMI Treatment" are peer-networking events for professionals from multiple disciplines and systems who serve people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI). Participants discuss challenges and solutions for implementing evidence-based practices and other service strategies (e.g., IDDT, ACT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, TRAC, MI, Health Homes). Moderated by staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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May 15, 2013

Health Home Training Series Promotes Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI

HH-Behavior_246p-17962428-shoes.jpgThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting an important training series as part of the Ohio Medicaid Health Homes initiative, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. The event, titled "A Breath of Fresh Air: Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI," is designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio. The event occurs on five different days in five cities from March to June, 2013. Learn how to support and motivate health-behavior change. Register online today. $0, Free/CEUs, CMEs.

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May 14, 2013

Plain Dealer: Increase Early Childhood Education Funding

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Ohio needs to increase funding for early childhood education, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion article "Ohio can and should beef up funding for early-childhood education" posted on May 11, 2013. The writer supports his argument with data from a report released by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in April evaluating Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children. "The fact is that preschool is delivering children far better prepared to engage school is a huge positive outcome," said Center Co-Director Robert Fischer. "This report confirms that."

Read the full article at Cleveland.com.

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May 13, 2013

Webinar on Invest in Children's Positively Moms Initiative

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Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children's Positively Moms Initiative (PMI) held a special webinar on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 entitled "Addressing Maternal Stress and Depression." The webinar featured Dr. Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, and Dr. Rebekah Dorman, Director of Invest In Children.

Watch the webinar online here and read more information about this and other home visiting webinars.

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April 22, 2013

Dr. Farkas invited to attend "Advancing the Science of Education, Training and Practice in Trauma"


Kathleen Farkas, Ph.D., LISW-s, associate professor at MSASS, has been invited to attend "Advancing the Science of Education, Training and Practice in Trauma" at Yale University April 25th-28th. She is one of 60 national experts invited to develop and define competencies to guide mental health practitioners working with trauma survivors. The conference is funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and co-sponsored by American Psychological Association's Division 56 (Trauma Psychology), the Department of Veteran's Affairs' National Center for PTSD and the VA's Center for Homelessness. Dr. Farkas was an active member of national steering committee that developed the competencies for Advanced Social Work Practice in Trauma, published by the Council on Social Work Education in 2012.

April 12, 2013

Justin Brennan, artist

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Justin Brennan is a local Cleveland artist who deserves recognition. His work consists of contemporary mixed-media abstracts. He uses and experiments with different mediums, objects and techniques. His compositions are layered, textured, rich colors imaginatively combined to produce a creative piece of art. He is influenced by what surrounds him both physically and emotionally. His aim is to express raw emotion via spontaneous creativity, without analytical prodding.

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April 05, 2013

Veterans Affairs | Traumatic Brain Injury & Polytrauma: Identification, Assessment & Services (Video Conference)

VA-training-maninblack_246p.jpgApril 24, 2013/ Video Conference/ $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs/ A training event for all mental-health and addictions professionals. Improve services for veterans of U.S. armed forces who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders. Presented by staff of the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Patrick Boyle, MSSA('89), LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This video conference broadcasts to multiple sites around Ohio. Attend at a site near you. (Topics: traumatic brain injury, substance use, polytrauma, military culture, VA system of care, family members/ caregivers).

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April 04, 2013

Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff (Akron)

MotivInterv-ForHousing_246p-Event-green.JPGAdditional seats added to this event!/ April 29, 2013/ Akron, OH/ $Free for Ohio providers, $125 for non-Ohio; CEUs/ Presented by Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices./ "Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff" introduces housing supervisors and direct-service providers to this evidence-based treatment. Learn MI's client-centered approaches for supporting individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders in a variety of housing settings (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca).

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March 25, 2013

Cool Cleveland: Saving Neighborhoods, Demolition & Preservation

With more than 26,000 vacant homes in Cuyahoga County, the Thriving Communities Institute has commissioned a study of the effects of demolition on surrounding property values, and subsequent foreclosure. As one of the study's researchers wrote in "In Saving Neighborhoods, Demolition & Preservation Are Not Mutually Exclusive" posted to CoolCleveland.com on March 20, 2013, the debate has polarized into two camps: one for demolition, the other for preservation.

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March 19, 2013

Dynamics of Mixed-Income Communities Discussion: Mark Joseph

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Dr. Mark Joseph, Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, will be one of the panelists at the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Dynamics of Mixed-Income Communities discussion tomorrow, March 20, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00pm in Washington DC. A webcast of the event will be available.

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March 12, 2013

Newsnet5: Cuyahoga County Vacant Homes at More than 26,000

"Cuyahoga County vacant homes peak at more than 26,000, despite drop in foreclosure rate"

Cleveland Local ABC news affiliate Newsnet5 and reporter Joe Pagonakis ran a feature on the evening news touring vacant homes in the city of Cleveland. Using Vacancy data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in his report he said, "The latest data released by Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, or NEO CANDO , shows Cuyahoga County now peaking at 26,453 vacant homes.

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March 08, 2013

MSASS Offers New "Saturday-Only" Master's Program

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has launched a new Saturday Degree Program for students who want to earn their MSSA by enrolling in Saturday classes.

The program is designed for people who want to specialize in Children, Youth and Family practice, but who hold an undergraduate degree in a different field. Courses are held on Saturdays, while field work education is managed around work and family life.

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March 07, 2013

Mandel School Grad Selected for "Movers & Shakers" Award

Donte Gibbs

Donte Gibbs, a 2012 graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been selected to receive a Movers & Shakers Award, which recognizes the Top 25 Young Leaders in Northeast Ohio under the age of 30.

The award is sponsored by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Gibbs is one of 25 winners selected from a pool of 90 applicants.

"I am thrilled beyond belief," he said. "This goes beyond my wildest dreams. It's a huge honor to be recognized for my hard work and leadership in Cleveland and East Cleveland. I thank God for this recognition. I am humbled."

Gibbs is a double alumni of Case Western Reserve University. In addition to earning his graduate degree from MSASS, he also received his bachelor of arts in sociology from CWRU in 2010.

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March 06, 2013

Clinical Journal of Pain: Training for Primary Care Providers

Dr. Robert Fischer

Dr. Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, collaborated on a pilot study to assess the Primary Practice Physician Program for Chronic Pain (4PCP) and how it impacts both patients and providers. The study is being led by Dr. Thomas C. Chelimsky of the Medical College of Wisconsin which released the study in the press notice "Pain training for primary care providers" via EurekAlert! on March 5, 2013. The results of this study will be published in the Clinical Journal of Pain and are currently available as a Published Ahead-of-Print article.

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March 01, 2013

Celebrate National Social Work Month - Roundtable March 5

CWRU_global image for MSASS HP.jpgIn recognition of March as National Social Work Month, join us Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 pm (EST) for a roundtable discussion highlighting the field of social work and how Case Western Reserve University’s online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) is helping students change lives and change communities.

Did you know that there are more than 650,000 professional social workers employed in communities across the country?
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February 21, 2013

11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry 2013: Health Homes

AllOhio-5580972_246p.jpgMarch 1-2, 2013; Beachwood, OH; CMEs, CEUs. Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present at the "11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry: Health Homes, Integrated Care and the Future of Community Psychiatry." Register for her workshops. The All-Ohio explores integrated care as it relates to Ohio’s Health Homes policy. It will examine the evolving role of community psychiatry in this new model of care. Hosted by the Dept of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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February 17, 2013

Motivational Interviewing at 2013 Lake Geauga Training Committee

LakeGeauga-MI_246p.jpgMarch 5, 6 & 7, 2013; Mentor, OH; CEUs; Deana Leber-George, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present three workshops on the practice and supervision of Motivational Interviewing at the "2013 Educational Ensemble" of the Lake Geauga Training Committee of Painesville, Ohio. Supervisors attend all three workshops ($120); non-supervisors attend two workshops ($90). The Educational Ensemble is a three-day event featuring 11 workshops on a variety of topics. Deadline to register is February 22.

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February 16, 2013

Updates to Motivational Interviewing Series in Akron, Columbus

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Additional dates for Columbus (3/27 & 4/8). Updated schedule for Akron events. ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 15, 2013

Nikki Mehle - artist

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Nikki Mehle art work explodes with color, movement and chaotic orderliness. Her inspiration comes from “ordinary” images; such as well stocked shelves in a food market. She paints, dissects, cuts and then rearranges the pieces attaching them to a canvas making a collage/mixed media images on the surface. The chaos becomes order.

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February 14, 2013

Report: Mapping Human Capital in Northeast Ohio

Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio’s Young and Middle-Age Adults Are Locating

While Cleveland's overall population has declined 17% from 2000 to 2010, past research by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has demonstrated population gains for certain age demographics in certain regional localities. Mapping Human Capital: Where Northeast Ohio's Young and Middle-Age Adults Are Locating, the second Briefly Stated report released by the Poverty Center in 2013, expands on the initial research by examining the mobility of young and middle-age adults in Northeastern Ohio.

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February 13, 2013

Report: Evaluation of IIC Lead Prevention Project

Briefly Stated No. 13-01: Evaluation of the Invest in Children Primary Lead Prevention Project

Despite being an established and well-studied public health problem and extensive interventions to reduce exposure, lead poisoning remains a major environmental health threat to children. Evaluation of the Invest in Children Primary Lead Prevention Project, the first Briefly Stated report released by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in 2013, documents the evaluation study of the effectiveness of primary prevention in homes of newborn infants to prevent lead poisoning. The study was lead by Dr. Leila Jackson of Case Western Reserve University's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Download the report to read more.

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February 13, 2013

Plain Dealer: Homeless Youth Count

Researchers from the Center on Urban Poverty and Development are sorting and analyzing survey forms from a government requested count of homeless youth in Cleveland as reported by the Plain Dealer in "Youth Count to tally number of young people without stable housing" and "Homeless Youth Count count was worth doing and noticing" on January 23 and 29, 2013 respectively.

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February 12, 2013

Plain Dealer: Cleveland Young Adults Moving In

Migration of 25-34 year olds into and from Cuyahoga County

A then soon-to-be-released report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is discussed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer's article "Cleveland's urban scene gets a boost from young adults moving in" on January 21, 2013. The report's author and recent Poverty Center researcher Richey Piiparinen is interviewed.

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February 12, 2013

Online Program Webinar: Tuesday, February 12

Want to learn more about our online MSSA? Attend our informational webinar and learn more about our online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program.

Dean Grover Gilmore will provide a program overview during our interactive webinar. He will be joined by Sharon Milligan, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 12:30 p.m., EST

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February 10, 2013

Center Teams Up with Veterans Affairs to Improve Mental-Health, Addiction Services for Military Veterans in Ohio

VA-collage-maninwhite_jpg.jpgMental-health and addictions professionals in community agencies, hospitals, and Health Homes play an important role in helping veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their family members access help to manage symptoms of mental illness, substance use disorders, and brain injury. That's why the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University is teaming up with VA medical centers to provide several important video-conference training events in February, March & April. Register today.

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February 06, 2013

Abbey Blake, artist

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Abbey Blake’s intaglio etchings are compassionate renderings of abandoned Cleveland houses. To most people, the structures look bleak and damaged; but to Abbey, she pays homage to the beauty of the structures.

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February 06, 2013

Aravindhan Natarajan, artist

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The paintings of Aravindhan Natarajan are abstract and often capture just a moment in time. Patterns and textures in nature fascinate him. He gets inspiration from nature and music, and often paints to document his travels. As a self-taught artist, he does not let the constraints of traditional rules of art, (technique or material) control his work.

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February 05, 2013

Probation Officers Learn Motivational Interventions for Behavior Change

SS45053_WomanRedHair_246p.jpgScott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present a training session, titled "Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them To?," at a meeting of the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association (OCPOA) on Thursday, February 7. This session examines change from a client-centered perspective, drawing upon stage-wise principles (stages of change) and motivational interviewing. This training is designed for chief administrators of probation services and community control agencies and their staff.

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February 04, 2013

Evenden and Gerhard Present Motivational Interviewing Training Series

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Updated schedule for Akron events! ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 03, 2013

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders

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March 5 & 6, 2013; Columbus/Worthington, OH; $150 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers; CEUs, supervision credits; Presenters Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, & Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. | "IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders" is a two-day training for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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February 02, 2013

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education

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This training series is designed for staff members and supervisors of housing services for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca). The events take place through April 2013 and are free for individuals who work in Ohio. This series introduces you to Motivational Interviewing and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). This series is sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. The next events take place Feb 13 & 19.

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January 28, 2013

MSASS Faculty Meet in Beijing for China-U.S. Collaborative

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The China–U.S. Social Work Collaborative conference opened on the campus of Peking University in Beijing, China, December 11, 2012. Members of the social work community from various regions in China met with their new partners from the United States to discuss the status of social work in China and share experiences with their counterparts.

A group from MSASS participated in the event, including MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore, PhD; Distinguished University Professor Merl "Terry" Hokenstad, PhD; and Associate Professor Kathleen Farkas, PhD.

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January 17, 2013

Legendary Alum: The Passing of Lillian Harris

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Lillian F. Harris, a strong supporter of the Mandel School and a 1933 MSSA graduate, died January 9, 2013, at the age of 104.

She was a major force in the growth of the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University. In 1983, she established the Harris Endowment Fund for student scholarships at a time when scholarship funds were difficult to secure. In 1989, she established the Lillian F. and Milford J. Harris Library which remains a focal point of the school to this present day. She established the sixth chair at MSASS in 1997, the Lillian F. Harris Professorship held by Claudia Coulton, a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve.

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January 17, 2013

CLOSURE: A Special MSASS Event, January 24

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is turning to theater arts and dialogue to help build awareness of the impact of the foreclosure crisis. The foreclosure crisis has been -- and continues to be -- devastating for many families and communities.

The MSASS-hosted production of CLOSURE will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library, located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The performance and discussion is partially funded through a grant from the CWRU Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration Fund.

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January 16, 2013

Akron Beacon Journal: Community Building at Cascade Village

Aerial view of Cascade Village in 2012

For the last two years, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has been working as evaluator of a new model of resident services with resident engagement at its core. Center Co-Director Dr. Robert Fischer is lead investigator on this study at the Cascade Village neighborhood in Akron and was quoted in the Akron Beacon Journal article "Knight Foundation grant helping build a community at Cascade Village" on January 14, 2013.

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January 09, 2013

Just Released: New Research on School Shootings

A new article by Daniel J. Flannery, director for The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, attempts to explain what we know about school shootings and why they occur. The article was scheduled to appear in the January issue of Springer's Current Psychiatry Reports, but the report is being released early.

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December 21, 2012

Conference 2012 Review: Over 300 from 19 States Attend 49 Workshops that Highlight EBPs, Health Homes for SMI

Conf2012-E06-Shawnee-CynthiaHolstein_246p.jpgThe EBP conference of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices featured a keynote plenary about the transformation of health and human services in Ohio and 49 workshops to improve the integration, management, and delivery of services to adults and adolescents with mental illness and substance use disorders. The event took place Oct 22 & 23. The Center also presented Champion Awards to three outstanding organizations. Certificates of attendance and CEUs have been mailed. Free PDFs of many presentations are available online.

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December 20, 2012

2012 Champion Awards

2012ChampAwards-Icons_246p-grayback.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices presented its 2012 Champion Awards to three organizations that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to implementing EBPs and improving access to quality care in their communities. The organizations are Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (EBP Champion); Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County (IDDT Champion); and Cleveland Sight Center (SE/IPS Champion).

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December 18, 2012

Report to the Community: IIC Impact to Date

A Report to the Community: Invest in Children’s Impact to Date

On November 30, 2012, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Co-Directors, Drs. Claudia Coulton and Rob Fischer, gave the the Keynote Address to the 450 attendees at the Cuyahoga County Invest in Children (IIC) Annual Meeting.

Download their presentation A Report to the Community: Invest in Children's Impact to Date in PowerPoint.

December 17, 2012

NationalJournal: Cleveland Restores Slavic Village Neighborhood

Councilman Tony Brancatelli, a tireless champion of the neighborhood, checks a map at the offices of the Slavic Village Development Corporation. Red signifies homes that are open, vacant, and vandalized. There are more than 100 splashes of red on this map.

On December 10, 2012, the NationalJournal posted a story and slideshow concerning Cleveland's restoration projects of the Slavic Village neighborhood and how they can be an example for the rest of the country. The fifth slide shows Councilman Tony Brancatelli using a map of Slavic Village with over 100 red marks representing homes that are open, vacant, or vandalized. The map was created by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development by request of the Slavic Village Development Corporation to help understand the housing situation in the neighborhood.

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December 07, 2012

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education

18649392_Sittingman_246p.JPGThis training series is designed for staff members and supervisors of housing services for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca). The events take place from December 2012 to April 2013 and are free for individuals who work in Ohio. This series introduces you to Motivational Interviewing and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). It is hosted by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. The next event takes place on December 12.

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December 06, 2012

Crain's Cleveland: Nonprofits Adopting Technology

Rob Fischer

Nonprofit agencies in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere are embracing new technology to reach out and connect with the public, donors, volunteers, and their own management board. Dr. Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed by Crain's Cleveland for "Nonprofits adopting technology to keep up: Tools help groups raise money, communicate" concerning both the need and difficulties. "Everyone knows they should be using more technology to do the kinds of interactions with volunteers, and donors and board members, but it's a tough position for many nonprofits," Fischer said.

Read the full December 3, 2012 article online at Crain's Cleveland with a log-in subscription. The story was also published in the print version of the paper.

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December 05, 2012

Free Event: Program on Youth Violence, Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Louis Stokes Youth Violence Prevention Consortium will present a free program on school violence, bullying and neighborhood violence on Thursday, December 13.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, 1100 Carnegie Avenue.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, December 11. Please remember to include your name and an e-mail address when making your RSVP.

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December 04, 2012

NewsChannel5: Building Better Neighborhoods

Michael Schramm

On November 29, 2012, ABC affiliate WEWS NewsChannel5 aired its second Building Better Neighborhoods live special during primetime. A segment during this special was on recent data released by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development indicating increases in suburban foreclosures in the past year and how this impacts entire communities. Mike Schramm, a research analyst at the Poverty Center, and Frank Ford, the Senior Vice President of Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (a Poverty Center partner), were interviewed for this program.

Watch the special on Youtube. Also read about the program on NewsChannel5 and continue below.

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December 03, 2012

Professor Hokenstad Visits Russia, Social Work Educators

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Distinguished University Professor M.C. Terry Hokenstad recently returned from a week in Russia where he consulted with members of the Russian Academy of Education and the Accreditation Board of Social Pedagogy and Social Work. Russian social work education has recently been restructured to provide two levels of professional preparation for social workers.

Hokenstad also lectured on the Social Work Global Agenda and Disaster Management Education for Social Workers at Tolstoy University in Tula. While there, he provided program consultation and a seminar on curriculum building at the master's level.

December 03, 2012

Plain Dealer: Funding Cuts Affect Charities, Those in Need

Dr. Robert Fischer

Though Ohio's economy may be recovering, conditions for the neediest and non-profit agencies that aid the poor have not improved according to the Plain Dealer article "Holiday Spirit, Plain Dealer Charities' annual campaign, reaches out to the struggling local residents even as economy improves" on November 22, 2012. Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed for the story. Dr. Fischer worries that the political climate that arose during the recent presidential campaign is discouraging government funding for social programs. "We saw vilification of the poor in this campaign, talking about victims wanting handouts."

Read the full Plain Dealer article.

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November 30, 2012

WVIZ Applause: Rust Belt Chic

Richey Piiparinen

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Research Assistant Richey Piiparinen was recently a guest on the WVIZ PBS's Applause on November 8, 2012 to discuss the history and meaning behind the term "Rust Belt Chic" and the culture of Cleveland and other nearby metropolitan areas. Piiparinen's segment is the last in the show, beginning around 18:40 and continuing until 25:50.

Watch online or download the video from Ideastream.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

November 26, 2012

Russian Delegates Visit MSASS on Trip to U.S.

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In late October, six delegates from Volvograd, Russia, traveled to the U.S. and stopped by the Mandel School. The group was participating with the Open World Program at the Library of Congress and Case Western Reserve University was one of their planned visits.

They came to MSASS because they wanted to learn more about its social work curriculum. The delegates all work in higher education and wanted to learn more about how social work programs are structured in the U.S. A few of the delegates mentioned that social work is an area of interest and wanted to learn how licensing and training is administered in the states.

The group visit was sponsored by the Council of International Programs USA, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland.



November 19, 2012

Center Co-Directors to Give Keynote at IIC Annual Meeting

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Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Co-Directors, Drs. Claudia Coulton and Rob Fischer, will be giving the Keynote Address at the Cuyahoga County Invest in Children (IIC) Annual Meeting on November 30, 2012 in Independence, Ohio. Their address will focus on the IIC program's impact to date. Other speakers include: Ed FitzGerald, County Executive and Co-Chair of Invest in Children Partnership Committee; Paul Clark, PNC Regional President and Co-Chair of Invest in Children Partnership Committee; and C. Ellen Connally, President, County Council.

Register today to attend (the deadline is Monday, November 19).

November 15, 2012

Sending Tobacco Use Up in Smoke (Poster)

TRACsmokeposter_246p.jpg$0, Free PDF. Printed versions available. | This colorful 18" x 24" poster from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices informs people about the importance of tobacco recovery. It provides common beliefs about tobacco use as well as some facts to correct each belief. Display the poster in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Mini-poster handout version also available in this database.

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November 14, 2012

Great American Smokeout Includes People with Serious Mental Illness, Tips for Your Practice

10515742_GirlSmoking_246p.jpgThe American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, November 15. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices is using the event to remind health and behavioral health professionals to encourage people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders to consider reducing and eliminating the use of tobacco products. There are five easy things you can do in your practice. We also encourage organizations to incorporate tobacco recovery into their integrated primary and behavioral healthcare initiatives and Health Homes.

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November 13, 2012

Core Principles of Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (Mini-Poster)

SEcoreprinciples_246p-mini.jpg$0 Free PDF. Printed copies also available. | This 8.5" x 11" mini-poster from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides an at-a-glance overview of the core principles of Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS), the evidence-based practice. Use it to educate new staff, stakeholders, employers, consumers, family members, and more. Advocate for SE/IPS services in your community.

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November 13, 2012

Employment Reaches 36 Percent for People with Mental Illness in Ohio

20291321_female_trucker_246p.jpgAn analysis of employment data from23 behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio shows that 36 percent of people with serious mental illness who received evidence-based Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS) services were competitively employed in full-time or part-time jobs in September 2011. The number is significant, because the national average was 37 percent in that same month for similar services delivered at multiple organizations in 12 states as part of the Johnson & Johnson-Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.

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November 12, 2012

Daily: Urban Research Explains 'Rust Belt Chic'

Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology

The recently published Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology was featured as the top story of Case Western Reserve University's digital newsletter, The Daily, on November 12, 2012. Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Research Assistant Richey Piiparinen co-edited the book and discussed its development with The Daily. He explained that the idea came from research he had done (at the Poverty Center) that revealed young adults were migrating back into the urban core of the Cleveland area, dispelling some of the assumptions about "urban flight" and showing that the city still had vitality and attraction.

Read the story in The Daily. Also read more about Rust Belt Chic. Piiparinen will be discussing the book and reading selected excerpts on November 13 for the Market Garden Brewery Reading Series.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

November 06, 2012

Adoption Network Honors MSASS Professor David Crampton

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What does MSASS Professor David Crampton have in common with Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu?

Both have been selected to receive the 2012 Triad Advocate of the Year Award.

This annual award is presented by Adoption Network Cleveland to those who have made a significant contribution to the adoption and/or foster care field. Nominees are recognized for their accomplishments, projects, programs or milestones achieved during the year.

"All MSASS faculty and students work directly in their chosen field of social work to improve the lives of adults, children, families and communities," Crampton said. "I am gratified to be recognized for my efforts to help prevent child abuse and neglect because this award demonstrates that I am contributing to the mission of our school."

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November 05, 2012

Domestic Violence: Debunking the Myth in Cuyahoga County

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If you think that most domestic violence incidents happen in inner-city neighborhoods, think again. An MSASS professor has data that proves otherwise.

MSASS Professor Megan R. Holmes, PhD, recently partnered with the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) to release maps that display the reach of domestic violence throughout Cuyahoga County. The maps were created to debunk the myth that domestic violence only happens in inner city neighborhoods. The Prevalence Map, for example, displays the number of domestic violence incidents reported per household for each city in 2011. Only a few cities in the county reported no domestic violence incidents that year.

The Silent Survivors Map estimates the number of female victims who suffer in silence based on The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report. This view may validate the theory that the shame and stereotypes associated with domestic violence can act as a barrier to reporting.

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October 29, 2012

Poverty in Race Equity: A Call to Action

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Earlier this month, representatives from MSASS, the Schubert Center for Child Studies, and the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) presented "Continuing the Conversation and a Call to Action: Understanding the Role of Poverty in Race Equity in Child Welfare."

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October 24, 2012

Plain Dealer: 'Rust Belt Chic' Warms to Scruffy, Problematic Cleveland

Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology

The recently published Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology was reviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer on October 20, 2012. "'Rust Belt Chic' warms to scruffy, problematic Cleveland" discusses the origins of the term and the anthology co-edited by Richey Piiparinen, a Research Assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, and Anne Trubek, an Oberlin College professor. Poverty Center Co-Director Dr. Claudia Coulton also commented on the endeavor to create the book, explaining she was intrigued with how Piiparinen represents "the next generation -- people who are now engaging in the discourse who are not necessarily publishing their ideas in academia, or in the traditional ways."

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October 17, 2012

Fresh Water Cleveland: NEO CANDO and Wi-Fi in Old Brooklyn

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Data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO was cited by Cleveland Ward 13 Councilman Kevin Kelley as why a program was needed to provide free wireless Internet access to residents in the neighborhood of Old Brooklyn as reported in the Fresh Water Cleveland article "Old Brooklyn Connected Blankets 90% of Community with Wi-Fi" on September 20, 2012. Kelley said "We learned through [Case Western Reserve University's] NEO CANDO program that about 50 percent of the ward had a daily Internet subscription."

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October 17, 2012

WCPN: More Than Quarter Cuyahoga Children Live in Poverty

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28.7% of Cuyahoga County children under the age of 18 are living below the poverty line, according to a story by WCPN 90.3 FM on September 20, 2012. Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was interviewed for this NPR Ideastream story "More than 1 in 4 Cuyahoga County Children Live in Poverty." While this number is the same as the rate reported in 2011, it's up more than five percent from five years ago.

Coulton explained the increase in child poverty began six to eight years ago. "And then we added on to that a recession, which pushed it even further," she said. "So these are very high numbers. And we know that child poverty has a very long-term effect on child development."

Read more and download the .mp3 of the story from WCPN Ideastream.

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October 05, 2012

MSASS Art Gallery: A Destination for Watermarks 2012

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will be part of an art exhibition tour when Watermarks 2012 rolls into town, October 17-20, 2012.

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, an Ohio non-profit art center dedicated to the preservation of handmade papermaking, will be hosting the Watermarks 2012 conference at its office in Cleveland. More than 300 artists, educators and members of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Artists (IAPMA) will be participating.

The conference will include papermaking demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and museum tours all around the city. Over 17 art exhibitions are being launched at area non-profits, galleries and colleges, including the Mandel School. Works from artist Paula Zinsmeister and Pamela Mckee will be on display at MSASS.

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October 05, 2012

Heights Observer: NEO CANDO Mapping in Practice

A recent post in the Cleveland Heights Observer shows how user driven mapping of targeted neighborhoods available from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO can aid in project planning and public discourse. According to the post, some residents of the Heights oppose a proposed Meadowbrook-Lee tax abated project. This map of the Cedar-Lee area shows recent foreclosures and vacancies.

Maps like this can be generated by users of NEO CANDO using the NST Web Application. This story was also cross-posted on ClevelandHeightsPatch.com.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

October 05, 2012

The Works of Artist Paula Zinsmeister: On Display at MSASS

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The works of artist Paula Zinsmeister are inspired primarily from organic and botanical forms. She is a printmaker and her art is printed on handmade papers. Her printmaking techniques include intaglio, dry point, aquatint, copper foil etching and monoprinting.

Zinsmeister's works are for sale and are currently on exhibit at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences through November 2, 2012.

Her works are often a visual reaction to colors, forms, and shapes. The images and lines are soft and translucent. The pieces range from spontaneity of the monoprints to the detailed layer of texture of planed images. The images are tranquil and salient.

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October 05, 2012

The Works of Artist Pamela Mckee: On Display at MSASS

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Artist Pamela Mckee is inspired by nature and the complex interacting structure of organic shapes. She uses organic materials such as cotton threads, persimmon dyes, walnut ink, hemp thread, abaca fiber/pulp, and sliced silk cocoons.

Mckee's works are for sale and are currently on exhibit at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences through November 2, 2012.

She layers, binds, embeds, and hand stitches lines onto handmade paper. The surfaces are frayed, uneven, fragile, and translucent; but they are far from imperfection. The works are incredible.

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October 04, 2012

Conference 2012 to Highlight Health Transformation, Service Innovations for Adults and Youth with Mental Illness, Addiction

Conference2012_246p-Transformation.JPGFriday, October 12, 11:59 pm (EST) is the deadline to register for this event, which features over 40 workshops, up to 10.5 CEUs | Join us October 22 & 23 in Cleveland, Ohio at our Evidence-Based Practices Conference 2012. This popular event fills up fast. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops. The keynote plenary, “Health & Human Services Transformation,” will be presented by Greg Moody, director of the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. Respondents include State of Ohio Directors Tracy Plouck of the Department of Mental Health and Orman Hall of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. ... A number of workshops will explore service transformations like Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare (IPBH) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Look for a workshops that highlight innovations for adults and youth with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (e.g., IDDT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, MST, ICT). The event is sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices and co-sponsored by the School's Center for Innovative Practices of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention.

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October 01, 2012

Anna Maria Santiago to Receive 2012 Mather Spotlight Prize

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Anna Maria Santiago, Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will receive the Mather Spotlight Prize, which recognizes top scholars from around the university who excel in scholarship and research.

Santiago, PhD, was nominated by MSASS faculty and will be honored on October 12 during the 2012 Women of Achievement luncheon. She is one of 10 women at Case Western Reserve University to receive the honor this year.

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September 25, 2012

NEO CANDO 2010+ Launched

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NEO CANDO 2010+ is now live!

NEO CANDO 2010+ is a major upgrade of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO, an interactive online data portal that provides information about demographic, socioeconomic, and other data that help define and promote understanding of the human landscape of Northeast Ohio. This updated version of NEO CANDO incorporates data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey. It operates faster, provides updated geographies, and enables on-demand mapping using Google maps.

NEO CANDO 2010+ was released by the Northeast Ohio Data Collaborative, a unique partnership between Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and The Center for Community Solutions. Several local governments and foundations have made this possible with their generous financial support including the United Way of Greater Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation, Saint Luke's Foundation, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the Summit County Health District.

Visit the new NEO CANDO 2010+.

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September 24, 2012

Claudia Coulton Receives Marie Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award

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An article co-written by Claudia Coulton has received the Marie Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). The award recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the Journal of Community Practice.

The article, Finding Place in Community Change Initiatives: Using GIS to Uncover Resident Perceptions of their Neighborhoods, was co-written with Tsui Chan and Kristen Mikelbank. Chan is a programmer/analyst at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Mikelbank serves as planning coordinator for the Cleveland Foodbank.

"What a wonderful surprise," said Coulton, a 2012 Distinguished University Professor and co-director for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. "I am honored to have our article selected for this award. Marie Weil has been a great inspiration to me and the field of macro practice."

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September 24, 2012

Alumni Association to Honor MSASS Professor Claudia Coulton

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The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University will recognize MSASS Professor Claudia Coulton on September 28 and present her with the alumni association's 2012 Professional Achievement Award.

Coulton, who earned her PhD from MSASS in 1978, is being recognized as an outstanding alumna who has achieved exceptional accomplishment in her career and brought distinction to herself and Case Western Reserve through the benefits of vocation and leadership in her professional community. She currently serves as co-director for the Center On Urban Poverty And Community Development at MSASS.

Coulton will receive the award at the Homecoming All-Alumni Luncheon, which will be held at Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center this Friday. Four other members of the Case Western Reserve community will be honored that day, including Dean's Visiting Committee member vic gelb. Learn more

September 24, 2012

NPR: Are We Better Off Than Four Years Ago?

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Echoing then presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, people today are asking "Are we better off now than we were four years ago?" On September 18, 2012, The Sound of Ideas on WCPN Ideastream discussed that question with its listeners and expert guests, including Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

Download the .mp3 from Ideastream.

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September 24, 2012

CWRU Alumni Association to Honor MSASS Champion vic gelb

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The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University will recognize vig gelb on September 28 and present him with the alumni association's Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award.

Gelb, who graduated from Adelbert College in 1951 with a degree in marketing, currently serves on the Dean's Visiting Committee at MSASS. He is being recognized as an outstanding alumnus who has given his time, energy and fundraising support to Case Western Reserve and numerous other organizations. He has served as a staunch advocate of the university and its philanthropy in a variety of roles for decades.

Gelb will receive the award at the Homecoming All-Alumni Luncheon, which will be held at Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center this Friday. Four other members of the Case Western Reserve community will be honored that day, including Distinguished University Professor Claudia Coulton, who also serves as co-director for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Learn more

September 24, 2012

Rob Fischer Presented at Health Data Symposium

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Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, recently gave a presentation at the first Ohio Health Data Statewide Symposium on August 30, 2012. The title of Dr. Fischer's talk during the panel on Prematurity and Perinatal Health was "Social Determinants of Perinatal Health: Obtaining rigorous data to inform policy & practice" which focused on using secondary data on environments that may impact the health of individuals and communities. Fischer cited the value of public data such as that available through the Poverty Center's NEO CANDO. Another useful too is identifiable data, such as data stored in the ChildHood Integrated Longitudinal Data (CHILD) system that the Poverty Center has created using a variety of available data sets.

Read more about the event in the Shaker Heights Patch article "Drowning in Health Data: Symposium Tackles Silos and Promotes Integration" posted on August 30, 2012.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

September 20, 2012

Volunteer with MSASS! Support Cleveland Schools

The Cleveland Schools Campaign, with support from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is looking for volunteers to campaign door-to-door in neighborhoods in Cleveland. This is an excellent opportunity to represent CWRU in the community, as well as enhance your communication and negotiation skills.

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and former U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes are supporting the Cleveland Schools Campaign on the November ballot. The levy promises a significant step toward comprehensive school reform in Cleveland through teaching quality, career preparation, college readiness, and technology development, to name a few.

Do you want to be part of this historic vote?

Training will be provided and will start within the weekend of September 28 - 30. To get involved, please contact MSASS student Phuong Le. To learn more about the campaign, visit the Cleveland Schools Campaign website and Facebook page.

September 19, 2012

MSASS Doctoral Chair Receives AGE-SW Leadership Award

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Aloen Townsend, PhD, has received the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) Leadership Award for her research and scholarship contributions to social gerontology.

As a professor of social work and chair of the doctoral program at MSASS, Townsend also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology, is a faculty associate in the University Center on Aging and Health, and an associate member of the Cancer and Aging Program of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She joined the MSASS faculty in 2001.

She was nominated by fellow researcher Merl Hokenstad, PhD, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve.

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September 18, 2012

Plain Dealer: Income Down, Poverty Unchanged

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While Ohio's poverty rate remains virtually unchanged from previous years at 15.1%, the median household income has declined by 5.7% since a year earlier, according to the story "Ohio income down, rates of poverty and uninsured unchanged, 2011 census figures show" in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Co-Director Dr. Claudia Coulton was interviewed for this September 13, 2012 article. She believes the data "suggests that it's the middle class who took a hit this time."

Read the article with Dr. Coulton's comments.

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September 18, 2012

NPR: Poverty Rate Mostly Holding Steady

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Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was recently interviewed for the story "Poverty Rate Mostly Holding Steady Across U.S., Ohio" on WCPN Ideastream. In this NPR story, aired on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Dr. Fischer discussed how the poverty rate for Ohio, while still high, appears to have leveled off and not gotten any worse than prior years.

Read the article and download the .mp3 of the program.

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September 14, 2012

NPR Around Noon: Rust Belt Chic

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On Monday, September 17, 2012, Richey Piiparinen, MA, MUPDD, a research assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was a guest on Around Noon, an NPR program on WCPN Ideastream. The installment "Rust Belt Chic & Sterles" featureed Piiparinen and fellow editor Anne Trubek to discuss their recently published work Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology.

You can download the .mp3 of the live show from Ideastream.

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September 13, 2012

Making Cleveland Healthier: A New MSASS Initiative

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Health is not only an issue for an individual; it is one for a community. Rob Fischer from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has teamed up with Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiative to evaluate its Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Program in Cleveland’s Ward 1.

HEAL is a national health initiative, launched by Kaiser Permanente with local community support from Lee-Harvard neighborhood organizations, to make it easier for people to make healthy choices, from exercising to eating, through changes in the community.

The program has been cited by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Institute of Medicine as a model initiative and aligns with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program to combat childhood obesity.

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September 13, 2012

Report: Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application

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A combination of innovative partnerships and the increasing need for individual-level data led to the development of a new data application in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's online neighborhood-level data tool, NEO CANDO, specifically targeted to community development practitioners. The Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application, or the NST Web App, gives community development practitioners access to individual-level property information at their fingertips.

The fourth Briefly Stated report released by the Poverty Center in 2012 describes the NST Web App, its functionalities, development, and current partnerships. Download the report to read more.

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September 12, 2012

Report: The Harvest of Ministry - Women Religious in Cleveland

'...when I see people that are living on the edge of survival and living that way with dignity, it just constantly makes you aware that the faith is alive and well and thriving.' - a Sister

Earlier this summer, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development released its third Briefly Stated report of 2012, The Harvest of Ministry: Exploring the Ministry of Women Religious in Cleveland by Poverty Center Co-Director Rob Fischer, Ph.D., and Sr. Mary Ann Murphy, OSU, of Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. This report discusses the recent studies between the Poverty Center, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, and other religious organizations to describe the unique approach of women religious and to inform others who now or in the future strive to help people in poverty or with other vulnerabilities.

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September 11, 2012

A Rave Safety Reminder for All MSASS Students

Earlier this year, the university debuted Rave Mobile Safety as the university’s text- and voice-messaging alert system. Rave, which specializes in higher education emergency communications, has replaced CaseWARN.

Faculty, staff and students have been automatically registered for the system, but they are encouraged to log in to the Rave Mobile Safety website to confirm contact information and choose notification preferences. This includes adding a cellular phone number, so the university can alert individuals of emergencies via text or phone.

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September 10, 2012

New Implementation Tool Helps Make Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Programs a Reality

12610576-blood-pressure_246p.JPGShawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio has teamed up with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University to develop one of the first planning and evaluation instruments in the United States that helps organizations integrate primary and behavioral healthcare for people with severe mental illness. Shawnee is using the new Integrated Treatment Tool to develop and improve primary care facilities and services in its three-county service area. This initiative is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ... This story appears as a web page and as a free PDF for tablets like the iPad and for easy download and printing.

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September 05, 2012

Cleveland's Downtown Rebound Discussion Group

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Richey Piiparinen, a Research Assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, participated in the Case Western Reserve University Friday Public Affairs Lunch for a discussion on "Cleveland's Downtown Rebound" on Friday, September 7, 2012. Piiparinen has been called an expert on "Rust Belt Chic" and his Poverty Center report Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Inner Core was featured earlier this year in The Atlantic Cities article "Cleveland's Downtown Rebound."

Read more about Piiparinen's appearance with the discussion group in The Daily article "Learn about 'Cleveland's Downtown Rebound' during Friday's discussion group" posted on September 2, 2012.

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September 04, 2012

Martin O'Connor, artist

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Martin O'Connor’s oil paintings provide unique city images that reflect on Cleveland urban landscape long forgotten past. Old storefront signs that are neglected have been rejuvenated with precision, color, and quality in O’Connor’s paintings. O’Connor uses the “alla prima” painting technique. The paining is completed while in one sitting and therefore captures a moment in time. The works are direct and expressive in style.

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September 04, 2012

Mason Milani, artist

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Mason Milani’s current series of etchings are skillfully premeditated scenes that depict a unique story influenced by the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, author of the 14th century poem, Inferno. Images depict the temperament of Classical Italian Renaissance. A human reaction to agony/love, heaven/hell, and other unimaginable suffering is juxtaposed to the beauty of Renaissance architectural icons.

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August 29, 2012

Plain Dealer: Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Eager for Rebirth

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In April 2012, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development prepared a map of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Cleveland in the area of Kinsman Road and Union Ave revealing dozens of foreclosed, vacant, and soon to be demolished properties. The housing situation has prompted a call for action for the neighborhood as cited in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article "Cleveland's struggling Mount Pleasant neighborhood eager for rebirth as arts district" on August 25, 2012.

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August 29, 2012

Fresh Water Cleveland: NEO CANDO Helps Neighborhoods

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) is featured in the Fresh Water Cleveland article "Innovative Program Helps Neighborhoods Fight Foreclosure and Blight" on August 23, 2012.

"In the past, information was collected from multiple websites, and by the time it was assembled, it was out of date," explained Poverty Center Research Associate Mike Schramm. "We bring data together across domains. Our mission is to democratize data and to create data-driven decisions by both nonprofits and government."

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August 29, 2012

WEWS: A Groundbreaking Urban Agriculture Farm in Old Brooklyn

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A new urban farm will begin in Old Brooklyn as reported in WEWS Newsnet 5's "Groundbreaking on urban agriculture farm in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood" on August 22, 2012. Though not stated in the article, data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) was used to determine the vacant lots in this Old Brooklyn neighborhood that would be re-purposed for this urban agriculture project.

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August 28, 2012

Claudia Coulton to Receive Honor, Distinguished University Professor

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Claudia Coulton conducts research with two goals: to identify issues in urban areas and to solve them. Time and again, her scholarly findings have prompted concrete leadership changes -- which in turn have improved the lives of the people she studies.

For example, when the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, which she directs, released a report showing Cleveland's inner-city residents couldn't get to available jobs in the outer-ring suburbs via public transportation, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority adjusted its routes. And when her research showed the major role disadvantaged neighborhoods play in people's lives -- she founded the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a 35-city collaboration that supports neighborhood research in local policymaking and community building.

Coulton will be honored this week when she is named a Distinguished University Professor during fall convocation. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Severance Hall. Read more in today's Daily.

Related Link: Coulton's reaction to the news

August 23, 2012

MSASS Announces Staff Awards, Tree of Life Honors

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On August 17, members of the MSASS community gathered to celebrate staff and faculty who make a difference.

Employees that are recognized each year are nominated by their colleagues for their dedication and commitment to excellence. But only one employee is selected to win the B. Lenora Benson Award, named for an employee who spent 30 years at Case Western Reserve University. Bea was on hand to award this year's prize to Ina Brand, a department assistant in Academic Affairs. Ina is responsible for assisting with professional development, accounting and student employment. She has been at MSASS for 13 years.

"We will always have this event, and honor those employees that make a difference," said Cleve Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School. "It renews our commitment to ourselves and our connection to one another."

Additional winners were also selected for the MSASSy Recognition Awards, which honor those who have done an outstanding job at MSASS. Winners include:

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August 22, 2012

Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology

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Richey Piiparinen, a Research Assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is co-editor for the recently published Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology with Oberlin College associate professor Anne Trubek. Oberlin's news story, "Rhetoric & Composition and English Professor Creates Anthology of Cleveland Stories," discusses the book and Piiparinen's knowledge and experience with Rust Belt Chic, citing how his Poverty Center report, Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Inner Core, has reached a wide audience and media outlets.

Download the report in PDF and read the original blog release here.

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August 17, 2012

Kruszynski Presents at 2012 North Dakota Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit

RicKruszynski_246p-border.jpgSept 5, 2012; Bismarck, ND; CEUs. | Alumnus Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting a workshop at the 2012 North Dakota Alcohol & Substance Abuse Summit, titled "Recovery Management: New Directions in the Treatment of Addiction." This breakout session explores the core principles of the Recovery Management model and advances the discussion about service innovations for individuals with severe and persistent alcohol and drug issues. The Summit is sponsored by the North Dakota Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and takes place Sept 4 to 6.

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August 16, 2012

Addiction Studies Institute 2012 (Columbus)

AddictionStudies_246p.jpgAugust 22-24, 2012; Columbus, OH | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the annual "Addiction Studies Institute," hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, from our Center will present "Pharmacology Update: Treating Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders" and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, from our Center will present "Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them to Do?" Sign up for their workshops. The Institute draws over 850 professionals together each year from Ohio and other states.

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August 16, 2012

The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan

CuyahogaADAMHSevent_246p.jpgSeptember 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH; $75; CEUs. | "The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan: Impact and Interventions" is a one-day conference that will explore the misuse of prescription medication as a public health issue. The event will examine how service systems and organizations can create a population-based approach to this epidemic, including an increase in public awareness and prevention strategies. Join Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her afternoon session. The event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County.

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August 15, 2012

Fugitive Safe Surrender: a Begun Center Success Story

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Seven years ago a coalition of concerned Clevelanders came together to try an unusual idea: Rather than have fugitives turn themselves in at police stations or courthouses, how about asking them to come to church?

This month researchers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University reflected on the results of an initiative called the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program (FSS) that started in a single house of worship and since spread across the country and touched more than 35,000 lives.

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August 10, 2012

SAMHSA Webinars Teach Motivational Interviewing for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare

SAMHSA-IC_246p.jpgJeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, and Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices are presenting three separate yet related webinars as part of the "Motivational Interviewing Webinar Series: Helping People Embrace Behavior Change in Healthcare Settings," which is sponsored by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. The events take place online at 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on August 15, Sept 5, and Sept 19. These popular events fill up fast, so register online today. Evenden and Myers are members of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

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August 09, 2012

Myers Presents Training Series for Motivational Interviewing in Southwest Ohio

DeborahMyers_246p-border.jpgJoin Consultant and Trainer Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events near Dayton, Ohio, in September and October 2012. Register online today. Myers is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for practitioners engaged in helping people change. $60/event. CEUs available.

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August 08, 2012

MSASS Alum Named President, CEO of MHA

Wayne Lindstrom, a behavioral health executive with more than 40 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit fields, has been named the new president and CEO of Mental Health America, an advocacy organization that is helping people live mentally healthier lives.

He earned his PhD from MSASS in 1986. He also holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University.

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August 06, 2012

Tragedy and Violence: What's Going On in Our Communities?

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As Americans come to grips with the Aurora, Colo., shootings, and now, the tragedy at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, MSASS researchers have been called on to provide their perspectives on what they have learned.

Daniel Flannery, Director of The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, recently served on a panel with community members here in Cleveland. He spoke about the impact of violence on today's society as part of a July 25 discussion on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.

On August 1, the Civic Commons website hosted a similar online discussion during a 3-day forum. Those who participated with community advocates, young people, thought leaders, and organizers encouraged discussion and thoughtful solutions. Patrick J. Kanary, director for the Center for Innovative Practices at MSASS, was called on to contribute.

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July 26, 2012

Dr. Terry Hokenstad Releases New Book on International Social Work

M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Distinguished University Professor, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and professor of global health, recently returned from a European trip that included the launch of a book he co-edited, titled The Sage Handbook on International Social Work. The 540-page book covering the global dimension of social work debuted at the World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Stockholm, Sweden.

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July 24, 2012

Urban Life in Cleveland: What's There to Learn?

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When a group of Cornell University students came to Cleveland last spring, they had an opportunity to visit Cleveland and local non-profits in the region. So what did they think of the city and how does it compare to New York?

We collected some random thoughts and reviewed their recent itinerary to provide an interesting perspective. We also created a brief overview of their visit to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS.

July 17, 2012

MSASS Alum Named Peace Corps Director for Mongolia

Darlene Grant (MSSA, '84) was recently named a Peace Corps country director for Mongolia.

From 2009 to 2011, Grant took a leave of absence from her job from The University of Texas at Austin to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia. Now with her new role, she will be busy learning about health, safety and security regimens, working on budgets and attending Embassy meetings. "I'm loving it," Grant wrote in a recent blog. "I'm being challenged soooo much, and it's adventure grounded in meaningful work."

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Grant is one of eight new directors to begin training this summer. She will be considered the most senior Peace Corps official in Mongolia and will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the Peace Corps program there. Country directors support volunteers in the field by lending their skills and energy to meet program goals, administer volunteer projects, and promote a better understanding between the host country people and Americans.

"Peace Corps country directors are on the front lines, working directly with volunteers and staff to address specific challenges and opportunities in each post," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. "They also work diligently every day to find creative and innovative ways to inspire and support our volunteers."

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July 12, 2012

Conference 2012 to highlight evidence-based practices, transformation of services for mental illness, addiction

Conference2012_246p.JPGOct 22 & 23, 2012; Cleveland Airport Marriott; Cleveland, OH; Up to 10.5 CEUs, also Supervision & Ethics credits. | Cost for Ohio providers: $200/ $125; Non-Ohio providers: $300/ $225. | "Conference 2012" is sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) and co-sponsored by its Center for Innovative Practices (CIP). This two-day event features a keynote plenary and over 40 workshops that explore introductory, intermediate, and advanced topics about implementing and integrating evidence-based practices (EBPs), emerging best practices, and other healthcare and behavioral-healthcare innovations that improve outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Continental breakfast and lunch included. This popular event fills up fast. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops.

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July 10, 2012

MSASS Launches New Online Master of Science in Social Administration

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences now offers its Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) via an online learning environment. Applications for the spring term beginning in January 2013 are now being accepted.

The MSSA at MSASS

The nationally and internationally recognized MSSA program at Case Western Reserve provides a streamlined social work education curriculum. The program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and adheres to the curricular guidelines set by CSWE that integrates topics of social work education, research and community action. Courses explore social work methods, social policy, socio-behavioral theory and social research.

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July 09, 2012

The Atlantic: Green Goals, Community Development

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Three of the largest employers in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, and the Cleveland Clinic, are being encouraged to focus their environmental goals in and around Greater University Circle to help foster community development in the immediately adjacent neighborhoods, as reported in "In Cleveland, Green Goals Are Transformed Into Community Development" in The Atlantic Cities. The June 29, 2012 article uses a map of the area compiled by the Center on Urban and Community Development to show the economic and housing conditions in the neighborhoods surrounding University Circle to emphasize why improving local conditions is needed.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

July 09, 2012

Sun News: NEO CANDO Used to Track Foreclosure Rates

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The Sun News used data obtained through NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) in the article "Home foreclosure rates are declining in the Chagrin Valley, but may rise in Geauga County" on July 2, 2012. In the article, numbers from NEO CANDO are used to show growth and decline in foreclosure filings over the last few years in communities in Geauga County and some eastern suburbs of Cuyohoga County.

NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

July 06, 2012

Chris Baliko, photographer

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Solitary abandon buildings and ghost-like skeletal architectural of Cleveland’s urban landscape is the common theme of Chris Baliko’s photographs. His photographs contain sophisticated elements of art: composition, design, color, and form. Baliko, is a local Northeast Ohio artist; he discovered his passion for photography about five years ago.

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July 06, 2012

c.a. Long, photographer

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c. a. Long’s photographs capture the beauty of the urban decay from many disregarded and abandon Cleveland buildings, bridges, and cityscapes. The photographs process a variety of serendipitous abnormalities. The photos were created instantly by using different vintage Polaroid cameras. The color, texture, and atmosphere unite with sharp images with blurry edges. The photos are stunning.

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July 02, 2012

New Hires, Re-Appointments Announced for 2012-2013

The following new appointments, promotions and hires have just been announced by MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder, and the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees:

July 2012

Effective July 1, 2012, Mark Joseph, PhD, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Effective July 1, 2012, Megan Holmes joined MSASS as Assistant Professor on the tenure track for the Children, Youth and Families specialization.

Effective July 1, 2012, Victor Groza, PhD, was reappointed the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies for a five-year term.

Effective July 1, 2012, Gerald Mahoney, PhD, was reappointed to the Verna Houck Motto Professor for a five-year term.

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July 02, 2012

MSASS Professor Emeritus Arthur Blum Dead at 86

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Arthur Blum, a CWRU alum and Grace Longwell Coyle Professor Emeritus at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, died June 21 at age 86. Memorial services will take place on July 8 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Blum was raised in Cleveland and graduated from John Adams High School. He served in the Army for a brief time, and later received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Western Reserve University.

He taught at the university from 1960 to 1991, where he specialized in child development, community mental health and nonprofit management. He chaired the school's doctoral programs, directed its Practice Demonstration Program and the local Youth Development Training Center, and twice served as interim director of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

He also served on various boards and worked as a consultant for numerous nonprofit agencies, including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Related Links

Read the tribute in the Plain Dealer
Read the obituary in the Cleveland Jewish News

June 26, 2012

MSASS Selected for China Collaborative Partnership

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of seven U.S. schools recently selected to help build social work education programs in China over the next five years. MSASS was chosen from 215 U.S. schools with accredited graduate social work programs.

The partnership will assist China in preparing and graduating 3 million professional social workers by 2020. Distinguished University Professor M.C. "Terry” Hokenstad" will lead the Mandel School's participation in the project along with Mandel School faculty members Kathleen Farkas, David Miller and Zoe Breen Wood.

"Our selection is a recognition of both the quality of our own education program and our cultural competence in working with international partners," said Mandel School Dean Grover C. Gilmore. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Mandel School ninth in social work schools. More

June 21, 2012

Living in Downtown Cleveland: An MSASS Student Perspective

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Cleveland's recent rise in popularity and resurging downtown have become a huge highlight for grad students looking to make a move. Just ask MSASS student Ramses Clements, who loves living in an apartment here in the heart of it all.

Ramses, 23, is from Chicago, but he is taking advantage of living in a newly revived downtown where world-renowned restaurants, outdoor pubs and cultural venues are lined along city blocks.

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June 19, 2012

Mike Schramm to Present at Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

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Michael Schramm, MA, a research associate and analyst/programmer at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development will be presenting during the conference "Remaking America for the 21st Century: Reclaiming Vacant Properties" in New Orleans, LA on June 20, 2012. The three day conference is sponsored by the Center for Community Progress.

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June 13, 2012

Integrating Primary & Behavioral Healthcare (Webinar)

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June 26, 2012; 2 to 3 pm; $0, Free Webinar. | Mandel School graduate and doctoral student Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present "Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: What is It and How Will I Know When I Get There?" as part of the webinar series hosted by the Michigan Primary Care Association. Hrouda will review our Center's partnership with Shawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio to implement integrated treatment as part of SAMHSA's first wave of PBHCI grants. Hrouda will discuss the Integrated Treatment Tool, which was created to plan, implement, and evaluate integrated treatment. Register today.

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June 11, 2012

NPR: A Comeback For Downtown Cleveland

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David C Barnett's story, "A Comeback For Downtown Cleveland" on NPR's Morning Edition includes comments from the Center's Richey Piiparinen, related to his research report and articles about twenty-somethings' reverse migration to Cleveland.

A summary of Richey's report and the various locations it has been featured can be viewed here.

June 07, 2012

Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance (Video Conference)

CBT-ForPersonality_246p-orange.JPGJune 27, 2012; $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs | Psychologist James J. Esmail, PsyD, of Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio, will present "Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance." This training focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for people with mental illness. It is a video-conference event that will broadcast from Summit Behavioral Healthcare to multiple sites around the state, including a new site on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attend at a site near you. The event is sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Deadline to register is June 20.

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June 06, 2012

Marijuana: What's the Big Deal?

Marijuana-Training_246p.JPGJune 22, 2012; Akron, Ohio; $15; CEUs. | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at "Marijuana: What's the Big Deal?" This training event features presenters from Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Participants will learn about pending medical marijuana legislation in Ohio and receive an overview of medicinal marijuana, including its values, risks, and the dangers of using it with other prescription medicines. Learn about the effects of marijuana upon the adult brain and developing adolescent brain. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of our Center will make a lunchtime presentation. Registration deadline is June 8.

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June 05, 2012

Assessment and Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MSASS Institute)

YouthWithCOD_246p.JPGJuly 16-18, 2012; Cleveland, OH; $395; CEUs. | "Assessment and Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" is a three-day Institute sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and its Center for Innovative Practices. This deep learning experience provides an overview of current research, developmental characteristics, and promising approaches for the identification, assessment, and treatment of youth with co-occurring disorders. Six hours will be devoted to supervision and ethics issues commonly encountered. Deadline to register is July 12.

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June 01, 2012

Losing Hold of the American Dream: Prevention Research Video

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Dr. Cyleste Collins, a research assistant professor at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, recently presented during the "Healthy Neighborhoods" Prevention Research Center Seminar Series. Collins's talk on April 22, 2012 was titled "Losing Hold of the American Dream: Connections Between Foreclosures and Health."

Download the PowerPoint presentation and watch the talk or see the video embedded below.

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June 01, 2012

Psychology Today: A Mid-Life Perspective from an MSASS Professor

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MSASS Associate Professor Kathryn Betts Adams, PhD, is writing a series of articles for Psychology Today. Her perspectives are available online:

June 7, 2012 - Our Own Worst Critics? Or Not

June 27, 2012 - Midlife Parenting: Hold on Loosely and Take a Deep Breath

August 6, 2012 - Banishing Mid-Life Regret


June 01, 2012

Bingo Research Makes its Debut on Local Fox News Affiliate

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MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore and his research on dementia was the recent focus of a Fox 8 Cleveland news report for "Parenting U." Gilmore was interviewed by TV reporter Todd Meany, and talked about his recent research on bingo cards and mild dementia.

Gilmore and other researchers discovered how larger, high-contrast bingo cards can help boost thinking and playing skills for people with cognitive difficulties and visual perception problems produced by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD).

"It is a dimmer world for them," Gilmore explained. "But if we enhance that world by giving them high-contrast stimuli, by even turning up the contrast on the TV screen, they actually will be able to see the objects, enjoy them, and become more engaged."

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May 29, 2012

Op Ed:Catholic sisters' work is driven by faith, love...not politics

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Robert L. Fischer, Research Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, co-directs the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His Op Ed on the Plain Dealer website "Catholic sisters' work is driven by faith, love and humility -- not politics," calls attention to the core work of Catholic Sisters, based on his ongoing research on the ministries of women religious in Cleveland.

May 23, 2012

ODA Names Terry Hokenstad to Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

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The Ohio Department of Aging has inducted MSASS Professor Merl "Terry" Hokenstad into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

A Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Hokenstad, 75, has been a proponent of the aging population for more than 40 years. He is one of 12 Ohioans that is being recognized by ODA for his contributions.

The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation, and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. For this award, Hokenstad joins an elite class. Since 1977, more than 350 individuals have been selected, including Bob Hope, Paul Newman, Senator John Glenn, Woody Hayes, and Erma Bombeck.

During the induction ceremony last week, Hokenstad said, "As a social work educator with a focus on the field of gerontology, I have emphasized active aging in my teaching and writing, as well as my volunteer work nationally and at the United Nations. This ceremony gives recognition to the contributions that older people make to their families, communities and the larger society."

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May 21, 2012

MSASS Students Celebrate Spring Commencement

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The Case Western Reserve University Class of 2012 enjoyed beautiful weather and picture-perfect skies during a campuswide convocation and commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20.

MSASS graduates had an opportunity to mingle with classmates one last time as they welcomed friends and family to a 12 p.m. diploma ceremony at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland. The group celebrated the graduation of 117 students in the MSSA program and eight students in the PhD program.

Presenters included graduate student speaker Donté Gibbs, who was chosen by his classmates to give this year's commencement speech. Longtime MSASS supporter and community volunteer vic gelb also offered the commencement address.

MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore served as commencement presider for the annual event. In addition to diplomas, Dean Gilmore also presented a number of awards, including:

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May 14, 2012

Claudia Coulton Named 2012 Distinguished University Professor

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It was supposed to be a meeting that began at 11 a.m., and one that Claudia Coulton would probably have to miss.

So when word got out that the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research at MSASS might be a no-show, someone needed to somehow convince her to go up to the third floor of the Mandel School – pronto.

When she arrived to see her MSASS peers and faculty all seated in a third-floor classroom, she had no idea what would happen next: Coulton was being named a 2012 Distinguished University Professor by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder.

"I would have never expected this could happen," Coulton said. "I'm grateful for everyone at MSASS, and the university for making this selection. My work would not have been possible without all of the support I have received from MSASS and from CWRU over the years."

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May 11, 2012

Rob Fischer Appointed to Heights Library Board

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Dr Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, has been appointed to the board of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library consortium by the Heights school board. "I want to ensure that the library maintains its reputation for high quality service and extensive holdings," Fischer stated in his application. "As libraries move to greater emphasis on electronic and alternative media, I want to ensure that the Library continues to have a key role as a physical location and civic space."

Read the announcement in the Cleveland Heights Patch article "Cleveland Heights Resident Joins Library Board" on May 10 and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer "Robert L. Fischer appointed to Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees" on May 13, 2012.

Rob Fischer, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

May 10, 2012

The Atlantic: Cleveland's Downtown Rebound

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The recent Center On Urban Poverty and Community Development report by research assistant Richey Piiparinen was featured in The Atlantic Cities article "Cleveland's Downtown Rebound" on May 4, 2012 as evidence that America may be in the "early stages of a back-to-the-city movement."

Read more about Piiparinen's "Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core" in the Urban Institute's Metrotrends, the Poverty Center's Briefly Stated report, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer article.

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May 09, 2012

Civic Commons: Invest in Evaluation and Children

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Taryn Gress, a 2011 graduate from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, recently posted a blog titled "Invest in evaluation and children!" about Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, NEO CANDO, Invest In Children, and the need for program evaluation. Ms. Gress is a former student of Dr. Fischer and blogged after attending a presentation by Fischer and Bob Staib of Invest In Children at the Cuyahoga County Social Welfare Conference on March 23, 2012.

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May 09, 2012

MSASS Receives No. 8 Ranking from TheBestSchools.Org

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is now ranked No. 8 among the best social work schools in the country, according to TheBestSchools.org website.

In a ranking of the Top 25 schools just released, the organization based its rankings on academic quality, reputation, awards, rankings, internship opportunities, and facilities.

"The ranking recognizes the high quality of the education program, the scholarship of our faculty, and the excellence of our social work alumni," said MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore. "Our Ability Based Learning Environment creates a powerful learning environment which produces innovative leaders in social work practice."

TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization with no ties to any educational institution. The editors all hold PhDs and have extensive experience in teaching, research, and publishing at the university level.

MSASS continues to be regarded as one of the most renowned schools in the country. Last month, it was ranked No. 9 among the top social work schools by U.S. News and World Report.

May 04, 2012

Two MSASS Doctoral Students Receive Awards

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Two MSASS doctoral students were honored at the Graduate Studies Awards ceremony on April 30 for their recent academic achievements. Eun Lye Lee (a current doctoral student) received the Ruth Barber Moon Award and Susan Smalling (a doctoral student graduating in May) received the Arol Shack Dissertation Award.

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May 04, 2012

Plain Dealer: Low Literacy Makes Case for School Reform

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Literacy rates in Cuyahoga County, compiled by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, are featured in the Plain Dealer editorial "Awful literacy stats make the case for Jackson's school reform plan" by Brent Larkin on March 31, 2012.

Data from the Center indicate that 43.8% of residents in Cuyahoga aged 16 and older score below the national literacy standards level for functioning successfully. The problem is worse in Cleveland and East Cleveland with 65% and 78.9% respectively.

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May 04, 2012

Plain Dealer: Fairfax and East Cleveland Want to Grow with University Circle

Aerial photo of University Circle in June 2011 by Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer

Mark Chupp, an assistant professor of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is also director of the East Cleveland Partnership, a community group that's helping to revitalize East Cleveland and was featured as part of the Cleveland Plain Dealer commentary "Fairfax and East Cleveland want to grow, prosper with University Circle" by Tonya Sams on April 12, 2012.

"University Circle is the fastest growing job center in Ohio," said East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. With University Circle flourishing, the adjacent city of East Cleveland and the Fairfax neighborhood in Cleveland want to improve and grow with it. Partnerships are being strengthened and developed in the Greater University Circle area.

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May 04, 2012

Begun Center Researcher is NAPW Professional Woman of the Year

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The National Association of Professional Women has named Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD, Professional Woman of the Year in psychology for the state of Ohio for 2012-2013. Timmons-Mitchell is a Senior Research Associate for The Dr. Semi J. And Ruth W. Begun Center For Violence Prevention, Research and Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Timmons-Mitchell was selected by the NAPW VIP Division for her outstanding leadership and commitment within the profession. "I am humbled every day to work on behalf of children, youth and families," she said. "Receiving an award in recognition of that work is unexpected."

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May 03, 2012

Begun Center to Consult on National Youth Training Initiative

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Staff from the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education will participate in a $1-million effort to provide youth behavioral training, education, and consultation services to eight states.

The national initiative, "Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice Involved Youth with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders," is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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May 02, 2012

Annual ACT Conference 2012 (Boston)

ACT-Boston_246p-cityscape2bottom.JPGMay 15-18, 2012; Boston, MA; $180 - $445 | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices on May 18 at the "28th Annual Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Conference 2012." Scott Gerhard of our Center teams up with Jon Ramos of the Ohio ACT Center to present "Implementing ACT with IDDT: Lessons Learned." They will present results from the initiative in Franklin County, Ohio, that implemented both ACT and IDDT simultaneously. They'll review the history of the initiative, as well as facilitators and barriers to implementation, lessons learned, and current outcomes data, which include significant reductions in service costs.

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May 01, 2012

Commencement 2012: Details for MSASS Graduates

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is preparing for spring commencement, which will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012. This is a special day for our graduates and their families, as well as the entire MSASS community.

The MSASS diploma ceremony will be held at The Temple-Tifereth Israel at noon. The temple is located at 1855 E. 105th Street.

Prior to the MSASS ceremony, faculty and students are invited to attend University Convocation. This is a ticketed event and is mandatory for all MSASS graduates. For more details, visit the University Commencement website.

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May 01, 2012

Wellness Management and Recovery Conference 2012 (Dayton)

WMR_246p.jpgMay 21-23, 2012; Dayton, OH; $88-250; CEUs | Steve Shober and Marilyn Kohn from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present two workshops at the "4th Annual Wellness Management and Recovery Conference." Shober will present "Employment Basics," which will provide an overview of principles and strategies that support people who are pursuing or sustaining competitive employment. Kohn will present "Consumer-Operated Services: Partners in Employment." This year's conference will feature many learning and peer-networking opportunities, including many interactive 90-minute workshops.

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May 01, 2012

Dayton Daily News: Foreclosure Damages Children's Health, Grades

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Dr. Cyleste Collins, a research assistant professor at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was interviewed for The Dayton Daily News article "Foreclosure damages children's health, grades" on April 29, 2012. Dr. Collins discussed difficulties families face when going through the lengthy foreclosure process.

"Many of these families are living in a state of limbo for a very long period of time. Being in that limbo state and trying to fight to avoid losing your house is very tough on these families."

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May 01, 2012

MSASS Goes High Tech with International Collaboration

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How do you get 20 students from MSASS engaged in a discussion with nine students from Hong Kong?

You set up a huge screen in a meeting room and see what transpires.

On a recent Friday night, students at the Mandel School were engaged in deep discussion with students from the University of Hong Kong. It was all made possible with The Active Collaboration Room, a place that goes a step beyond traditional web conferencing.

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April 30, 2012

Judson Award Winners Feature Three from MSASS

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The Judson Smart Living Awards for 2012 honor a number of individuals who are committed to making University Circle the best it can be. This year's winners include three from MSASS: a noted volunteer, a former MSSA student and a renowned faculty member.

vic gelb has been a major volunteer for MSASS. Through the years, he established the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and actively served as a volunteer with the Playhouse Square Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and others. During the late 1980s, he served as campaign chair to help develop the current Mandel School facility on Bellflower Road. He has been on the MSASS Visiting Committee since 1975 and will also serve as the MSASS commencement speaker in May.

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April 30, 2012

Plain Dealer: Youth Movement Grows Cleveland's Inner Core

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Downtown Cleveland and the surrounding neighborhoods are growing faster than the outer ring of the City and the rest of Cuyahoga County for the first time in recent history, as reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article "Cleveland's inner city is growing faster than its suburbs as young adults flock downtown" on April 27, 2012. This growth is largely attributed to young professionals moving into the core of the Cleveland area.

Poverty Center research assistant Richey Piiparinen was interviewed for the recently published study "Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core" in the Urban Institute's Metrotrends and the Poverty Center's Briefly Stated report.

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April 30, 2012

MSASS Emeritus Professor Erlynne Davis Dies

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Emeritus Professor Erlynne P. Davis, 86, passed away Tuesday, April 24, in Chicago.

From 1964 to 1987 she held the rank of Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Professor Davis taught courses in direct practice and socio-behavioral theory. In addition to graduate program teaching, she was a consultant to human service agencies and church organizations. She also taught staff development programs.

Professor Davis was a 1960 graduate of the School of Applied Social Sciences here at Case Western Reserve. She is survived by a son, Dr. Charles E. Davis; daughter-in-law Risa; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at St. James A.M.E. Church, 8401 Cedar Ave, Cleveland. A wake will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m.

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April 23, 2012

Cuyahoga County Neighborhood Snapshots now on NEO CANDO

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The Cuyahoga County Neighborhood Snapshots are now available on NEO CANDO, the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing. Each Neighborhood Snapshot provides data on 30 indicators for each Cuyahoga County neighborhood. Data include population by race/ethnicity, household type, poverty rate, educational attainment, means of transportation to work, travel time to work, foreign born population and some key housing and economic indicators. They are based on data from the Census 2000, Census 2010, 2005-2009 American Community Survey. The 2010 Census data are converted to 2000 census boundaries to allow for comparisons between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses.

Click here to access the neighborhood snapshots or visit http://neocando.case.edu and select "Access Cuyahoga County Neighborhood Snapshots" or click on the direct link below.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

April 23, 2012

Robert Pelegrin - artist

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Robert Pelegrin (1949-2007) landscapes consist of rocks and cliffs that look like anthropomorphic forms. Tension and urban energy, from the Midwest, is integrated into the American Southwest mountainscapes. He had an aesthetic appreciation of nature that runs throughout his works.

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April 23, 2012

Jessica Maloney - artist

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Jessica Maloney’s digital transfer photos capture the essence of awe, serenity, and mystery. The extremities, (delicate hands and bare feet), are juxtaposed throughout the surrealistic landscapes. It is “the calm before the storm. “ The process of digital transfer allows a beautiful color and clear sharp images.

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April 23, 2012

MSASS Student is Named Gund Foundation Fellow

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The George Gund Foundation has selected MSASS student Fei Li as its 2012-2014 Gund Fellow.

Li, who worked as a project manager for Casa Ricci Social Service in China, will receive dual master's degrees in social service administration and nonprofit organizations from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve in May. She was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants and will work at the foundation for two years.

"I applied for the fellowship because this is something I want to do as a profession, a profession that can help others and make a difference in people's daily life," she said.

Fei said her two-year fellowship will allow her to utilize her social work and nonprofit management training. She said it also allows her to stay in Cleveland where she has enjoyed living the past three years.

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April 19, 2012

MSASS, CWRU to Expand Programs for Non-Profit Leaders

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Three decades ago the Mandel Foundation and Case Western Reserve University established a program for nonprofit leaders that set the standard for excellence in an emerging discipline.

Today, the two organizations announced initiatives designed to expand and elevate opportunities for those committed to positive social impact in an era of rapid technological change and increasing globalization.

"The need for leaders who possess the talent and commitment required to change the world has never been greater," said Morton L. Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation. "We are pleased to collaborate with Case Western Reserve University as it enhances academic offerings for people dedicated to making a meaningful difference for others."

After an expert panel review and ongoing conversations among university and foundation leaders, the two organizations adopted an approach to leadership education that reflects changes within the nonprofit field as well as broader opportunities within the private and public sectors. More

April 18, 2012

Report: Not Dead Yet - The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has released a report entitled Not Dead Yet: The Infill of Cleveland's Urban Core which discusses the increase of residents in Downtown Cleveland and the surrounding neighborhoods.

This report was originally released through the Urban Institute's Metrotrends found here and blogged here.

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April 16, 2012

MSASS Student Wins NASW Award for 2012

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Each year, the Cuyahoga County chapter of the National Association of Social Workers offers the prestigious MSW Student of the Year Award to an outstanding student. The selection is based on a student's academic performance and the strength of the nominations he or she has received.

This year, MSASS student Aviva Levi was selected to win the award.

Aviva was nominated for the award by Samantha Mishne, her field placement supervisor at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders.

"I nominated Aviva for the National Association of Social Workers MSW Student of the Year because of her initiative and willingness," said Mishne, LISW-S, LICDC. "With little prompting, she submitted an academic poster to the NASW Ohio Chapter Conference and presented it on her own. She also helped secure a $5,000 scholarship for a client which helped them continue with treatment. She took the initiative to coordinate diversity training for staff and is surveying clients to increase their ability to develop a recovery community."

Mishne believes that Aviva's openness to learn and receive clinical feedback is what impresses her the most. "She was always willing to learn and try something new no matter how clinically significant or insignificant," Mishne added.

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April 09, 2012

Begun Center Researcher Wins Annual Award from MST Services

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Renne Dragomir has been awarded the 2011 "Whatever It Takes" Award from MST Services, an organization focused on implementing Multisystemic Therapy to improve the lives of troubled youth and the lives of their families.

Multisystemic Therapy, or MST, is an intensive family-and community-based treatment program that focuses on chronic and violent juvenile offenders, as well as their homes, families, schools, teachers, neighborhoods and friends. Dragomir, who was the only winner in the category of "MST Expert," was one of seven nominees to be considered for the annual award, which is given to someone in the MST community that has demonstrated outstanding and meritorious service. It is presented to individuals, families, programs or organizations that have demonstrated creative thinking and dedication to do "whatever it takes" to accomplish positive outcomes for youth and their families undergoing MST.

"While we see that every day in her work, it is wonderful that it is recognized by others," said Patrick Kanary, director for the Center for Innovative Practices here at the Begun Center. "We are incredibly proud and feel fortunate to have her on our team."

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April 05, 2012

Begun Center Director Speaks Out About Oakland School Shooting

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Days after a campus shooting in Oakland left seven people dead, Begun Center Director Daniel Flannery was asked about the recent acts of violence and why anger often plays a critical role in mass tragedies.

The shooting at Oikos University in Califoria on April 2 is the largest campus shooting since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. The event falls on the heels of the Chardon High killings on February 27 that left three teenagers dead.

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March 29, 2012

Social Justice at MSASS: We Are Trayvon!

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It started out as a simple idea for a cause, then grew from one friend, to one e-mail, than a viral outpouring on Facebook and Twitter.

Members of the Case Western Reserve community and the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences gathered on the steps of MSASS to show support for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old youth who was shot and killed for walking through a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. His death has sparked a national debate on race, and activists everywhere are donning hoodies to protest the killing of the Florida teenager.

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March 28, 2012

MSASS Announces New University Partnership in Poland

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A trip to Poland over spring break turned into a special treat for MSASS students, faculty, alumni and guests. On March 12, the group met with Andrew Paul, Cultural Attaché in U.S. Embassy Warsaw, during the inauguration of a new university partnership between the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) and the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewiecz University (UAM) in Poznan.

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March 26, 2012

News: Rep. Marcy Kaptur Says that the Poorest in America are Women

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Politfact Ohio fact-checked Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur's statement that the poorest in America are women, and called on Professor Claudia Coulton to give expert advice on the data behind the Congresswoman's statement. Professor Coulton's research as Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, lends strong suport to the statement, as well as the US census data provided in the Politifact article.

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March 15, 2012

A Revival in Cleveland? Signs Point to Growth Downtown

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Most of us have seen the shrinking population figures for Cleveland and other urban cities across America, but an MSASS researcher has uncovered a glimmer of hope that's not been reported until now.

Downtown Cleveland has grown substantially over the last two decades, according to Richey Piiparinen, research assistant with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His latest research indicates that the neighborhood's population grew 96 percent, with residential totals increasing from 4,651 to 9,098.

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March 13, 2012

MSASS Moves Up to No. 9 in "Best Of" Rankings

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is now ranked No. 9 among the best graduate schools of social work in the country, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings released March 13, 2012.

MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore heralded the improved ranking as a re-affirmation of the school's quality researchers and dedicated team of faculty, field advisors, staff, alumni and students. The school was ranked No. 10 in 2008.

"This is a wonderful endorsement of the work done by all members of this extraordinary school," said Gilmore. "Among the top 10 schools in 2008, we are the only school to receive a higher score."

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March 12, 2012

Dance Benefit to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

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On Saturday March 24, the Case Western Reserve University Dance Marathon will present the third annual Dancing with the CWRU Stars. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Horsburgh Gymnasium of Veale Center, 2128 Adelbert Road.

Eleven stars will be dancing in this year's competition, including MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore and Sharon Milligan, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Mandel School. The two will be raising funds for pediatric cancer patients at UH Case Medical Center Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. You can donate to the cause or purchase your tickets at tickets.case.edu.

You can also purchase your tickets at the door. The cost is $10 for central seating and $5 for side seating. There is no charge for children age 5 and under. Visitor parking is available in the Veale Center Parking Garage.

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March 09, 2012

Want to be a Social Worker? It's One of the Best Jobs in 2012

When U.S. News & World Report wrote about the prospects of good and plentiful jobs in social work last month, the message became loud and clear: Social work is a top-notch career choice, especially for those who are passionate about social change and making a difference in their communities.

Social work ranked No. 18 on the list of top 25 jobs, according to the report. And it ranked No. 5 on the list of best social services jobs.

As social workers around the world celebrate a month in which their career is in the spotlight, the article on how social work is one of the Best Jobs to have in 2012 is good news for graduates who could see significant growth over the next decade.

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March 08, 2012

Cleveland Jewish News: Harvesting Donations to Stem Hunger

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A Cleveland Jewish News Op-Ed: Harvesting Donations to Stem Hunger, cites the new Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development report, The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio, in noting the increase of poverty locally and the increased use of the Cleveland Food Bank, referring people to the Harvest for Hunger campaign where donations can be made to meet this need.

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March 07, 2012

Josh Usmani, artist

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Josh Usmani, illustrations are imaginative, creative, and humorous. The bold bright colors, shapes, and lines are meticulously are harmoniously incorporated into each composition. His imagery may be a bit controversial, but it is original and creative. Josh considers his work to be Pop Surrealist and cartooning. "I love talking about my work" he says "but trying to sum it up in a few sentences is impossible because it's all intended to be contradictory...Bright, full-spectrum color schemes with dark, often creepy imagery overloading the viewer by captivating and distracting them simultaneously…" Josh Usmani

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March 07, 2012

John Nagy, artist

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John Nagy’s mandalas capture the relationship between self-reflection and peaceful moments with nature. The mandalas are complex and painted in white on a dark background; that range in size from large to small. The trees symbolize strength and durability. “My art work attempts to connect man with the natural world and his environment. It is a symbolic representation of our interaction with nature. In today’s modern age we are more and more separated from the spiritual truths of the word we live in. The social and spiritual commentary I make in my work should bring the viewer to a place of contemplation and reflection.” John Nagy

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March 06, 2012

Community Support is Key in Cases That Involve Childhood Obesity

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When an obese 8-year-old boy in Cleveland was placed under the protective supervision of the Department of Children and Family Services in Cuyahoga County, social workers all over the country took notice. Then, when the child was given a chance to live with his father and subsequently return home after losing 50 pounds, MSASS Associate Professor David Crampton continued talking about the controversy that has created a national firestorm.

Crampton has been vigilant about his interest in the case, which began back in November 2011. He knows a great deal about the effects of foster care after researching 44,000 children in Cuyahoga County and 10 other communities. Since that time, Crampton has offered solutions and guidelines that make sense. His latest comments appear in the February 27 edition of the Plain Dealer.

March 05, 2012

Opinion: Chardon School Shooting Shows Us Lessons

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The reality of the Chardon School shooting that occurred on February 27 has left the city of Chardon humbled by the collective grief and outreach. On March 4, two MSASS professors wrote an opinion piece on the shootings, which appeared in the Sunday edition of the Plain Dealer.

Both PhDs, Daniel Flannery and Mark Singer are no stranger to youth violence and its devastating effects on communities. Flannery is the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. Singer is the Leonard W. Mayo professor of family and child welfare at the Mandel School and deputy director of the Begun Center.

Flannery was also a special guest on WCPN last Wednesday to talk about the incident. "There's no good way to prepare psychologically or emotionally for something like this to happen," Flannery said. Learn more.

March 01, 2012

Poverty Center Selected as Leadership in Community Innovation Award Finalist

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The Poverty Center's Neighborhood Stabilization Team Application (NST APP) has been selected as a Leadership in Community Innovation Award finalist. You are invited to the judging and presentation event on March 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.

A panel of three judges will decide who wins $25,000, funded by Key Bank, at the event. Register online to attend.

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February 14, 2012

Newsnet 5: Latest Data Reveals 26,000 Homes Vacant in Cuyahoga County

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Research from NEO CANDO and the Mandel School's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has become a critical part of a local effort to address the housing crisis in Cleveland. On February 13, TV reporter Joe Pagonakis provided a behind-the-scenes look at recent foreclosure figures in northeast Ohio.

Read the NewsChannel5 report.

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January 27, 2012

News: 3 out of 4 Cleveland Suburbs Saw Increases in Poverty in Last Decade

January 19, 2012

Report: The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University released a report entitled The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio which details the increase in poverty across the region.

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January 18, 2012

Researcher to Present Findings on WWII Jewish Refugee

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On February 8, a researcher from Washington, D.C., will present her findings about the life of Elsa Leichter, an MSASS alum and Austrian refugee social worker whose American social work career started in Cleveland during WWII.

Researcher Barbara Reiterer, a Doctoral Fellow in Residence at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., will discuss how Leichter found refuge as a social worker. The lecture, entitled, Elsa Leichter's Second Chance: Interruptions and Continuities in a Refugee Social Worker's Transatlantic Career, will be held on February 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 320 at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Reiterer's talk is free and open to the public.

During World War II, American social work provided a professional refuge for Leichter, a Jewish exile from Vienna who came to the United States on the eve of World War II. Reiterer's research provides a history of Austrian and American social work in the mid-twentieth century and the experiences of Jewish women exiles in the United States.

Even though a cursory glance at Leichter’s biography may yield a neat and smooth narrative, interruptions complicated her life. After serving 12 years as a social worker for the Vienna city municipality, she had to start over when she came to the U.S. It was in Cleveland where she received her "big second chance," as she repeatedly said. Reiterer's discussion of Leichter will trace her complex, often difficult career path, for which her time at the Mandel School played a central role.

Leichter received her degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in 1942. She went on to work for the Jewish Family Service in New York City where she earned distinction in the field of family therapy. Starting in the 1970s, she traveled to Europe to give lectures and workshops, thus contributing to the transatlantic circulation of knowledge in the applied social sciences. She died in 1997 at the age of 92.

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January 10, 2012

"BINGO" Study is a Boost for Aging, Dementia Research

Bingo may be a popular activity in nursing homes, but MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore is seeing a lot more benefits that extend well beyond socializing.

According to Gilmore and other psychology researchers, the high-contrast, large bingo cards boost thinking and playing skills for people with cognitive difficulties and visual perception problems produced by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The findings were reported in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. Learn more

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December 20, 2011

Southeast Center in North Dakota Achieves Significant Outcomes, Honored as Champion of Integrated Treatment

ND-WomenLaugh-WE0174_246p.JPGThe North Dakota Department of Human Services has been calling upon Ohio's expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders since 2006. Today, outcomes from the department's data analyses show that the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment has been significantly reducing crisis services, psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, and more. ... This story features Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, director of substance abuse and mental illness consulting and training initiatives at the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Kruszynski is a 1993 graduate of the Mandel School.

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December 15, 2011

Haley Litzinger - artist

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Haley Litzingers’ collages portray urban landscapes often scattered with dilapidated buildings, machinery, bridges, mountains, and human figures. The dark earth tones and images are embedded into the layered clear epoxy resin portray a multi dimensional forbidding and almost fantasy atmosphere. The works are moody but intriguing; the artist does not hesitate to portray uneasiness.


“I use a method of layering resin, drawings, found images, and various paints to create encapsulated three dimensional landscapes and scenes. The depth produced by the multiple layers of resin gives a "Cast block" feel to the collage, initiating engagement and creating a sensorial experience. The process of experimentation with materials, color, technique and composition is central when beginning a piece. I begin to have a constant, multi-dimensional process of self-exploration, self-reflection and learning. By arranging various images and manipulating their size, color, texture, position and relationship, I discover subjective new perceptions stimulated by the development of conscious and unconscious insight…” Haley Litzinger.

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December 15, 2011

Dante Rodriguez - artist

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Dante Rodriguez mixed media paintings manipulate reality with mythical vignettes focusing on elusive human and non-human hybrid creatures. The compositions, bold colors, dripping paint, and the placement of the hybrids, create successful inquisitive paintings.

“My mixed media paintings are of a hybridization of humans, animals and abstract structures. They are my attempts to redefine our relationship with nature. At first glance, my characters have a mythological appearance that is both strange and grotesque as they struggle to find their identity in a world of homogenized thinking. I try to find the spiritual connection between man and animal in order discover a relationship that shows a calm coexistence that is lacking in our contemporary world.” Dante Rodriguez

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December 14, 2011

MSASS Alum's Troop Project Becomes PBS Documentary

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The story of a Girl Scout troop in Austin, Texas, has a connection close to home, thanks to MSASS alumna Darlene Grant.

For 11 years, the 1984 MSSA grad from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences was in charge of the program evaluation for a therapeutic prison visitation involving girls with incarcerated mothers. The program was among several Girl Scouts Beyond Bars programs -- the only one that is designed around the social work ideal of providing wrap-around services to at-risk youth.

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December 13, 2011

Conference 2012 to Explore Integration of Evidence-Based Practices for Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders

Conference2012_246p.JPGOur evidence-based practice (EBP) conference is back by popular demand and will take place on Oct 22 and 23, 2012 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott in Cleveland, Ohio, so save these dates! The event will feature keynote addresses and numerous workshops exploring introductory, intermediate, and advanced topics about implementing and integrating EBPs, emerging best practices, and other healthcare and behavioral-healthcare innovations that improve outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. | Ohio providers: $200/$125| Non-Ohio providers: $300/ $225.

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December 13, 2011

This Week's Observer: MSASS Study Abroad

International travel was the highlight of this week's Observer, the student newspaper at Case Western Reserve University. Trips to Ecuador and Bangladesh will be taking place over winter break, thanks to the MSASS Study Abroad program.

In addition to trips scheduled in January, a whole new round of travel begins for students who want to immerse themselves in cross-cultural studies, social policy and mental health. Spring break opportunities are still available to those who want to travel to Guatemala, the Netherlands or Poland.

December 12, 2011

Alumnus Jeremy Evenden Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Northeast Ohio, January to May 2012

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Join alumnus Jeremy S. Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, consultant and trainer from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Boardman, Ohio, from January to May 2012. Register online today. Evenden is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60/event. CEUs & supervisory credit.

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December 11, 2011

Scott Gerhard Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Central Ohio, January to April 2012

ScottGerhard_246p.jpgJoin consultant and trainer Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Columbus, Ohio, from January to April 2012. Register online today. Participants engage in skill-building exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60 each event. Get CEUs & supervisory credit.

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December 10, 2011

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders

43305_roundtablegroup_246p-border.jpgOne of our most popular events returns on February 28 and 29, 2012 in Cleveland for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. This event provides practical resources, tools, and methods for successful implementation. Teaching methods emphasize interaction among participants. | $125 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers | CEUs.

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December 09, 2011

The New Poor: Situational Poverty on the Rise Locally

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"The depth of this recession has pushed people over the edge," said Dr Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in "The new poor: Situational poverty on the rise locally" in The News-Messenger of Fremont, Ohio.

The story cites that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 saw the highest number of people living in poverty since the first reports were published over half a century ago and that 12.2 percent of residents of Sandusky County (where Fremont is the county seat) live at or below the poverty level. Suburbs and more rural areas are showing the fastest rise in poverty, according to the Brookings Institution, and many of these people have little experience in dealing with the situation.

Read the December 3, 2011 article and continue below.

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December 07, 2011

MSASS Hosts U.S. Ambassador Heather M. Hodges

Case Western Reserve University students enrolled in the MSASS study travel course to Ecuador got an inside view of international relations from a special guest on December 3. Former U.S. Ambassador Heather M. Hodges gave a presentation at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences on the current political situation in Ecuador and offered insights into her expulsion from the country earlier this year.

Hodges, a native of Cleveland, arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. to meet with students and MSASS faculty members Mark Chupp, Sonia Minnes and Debby Jacobson. Professor Chupp set up the visit through the Cleveland Council of World Affairs, where Hodges recently began as president.

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December 06, 2011

Plain Dealer: County Invests in Pre-K, City Cuts Programs

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A study by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development based on 2008 data concluded that children who had been enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs sponsored by Cuyahoga County scored better in kindergarten readiness than children who attended other programs or did not attend preschool. This study is mentioned in a November 27, 2011 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Read "Cuyahoga County invests in preschool, while Cleveland schools cut programs" and continue below.

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December 06, 2011

Associate Professor David Crampton Addresses Childhood Obesity on WCPN

The debate about childhood obesity continues to rage on, and here in Cuyahoga County, it's making social workers stand up and take notice.

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Associate Professor David Crampton recently appeared on WCPN-90.3 to talk with local officials after Cuyahoga County social workers placed an 8-year-old boy in foster care. The 200-pound third grader was removed from his home because many believed the boy’s mother was neglecting his health needs. Crampton was interviewed by Sound of Ideas host Mike McIntyre, who provided details of the case, along with special guest Sumana Narasinham, MD, director of Healthy Kids/Healthy Weight program, University Hospitals; Shakyra Diaz, policy director, Ohio ACLU; and Patricia Rideout, chief administrator, Cuyahoga County Department of Children & Family Services.

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December 05, 2011

Central Ohio: Regional Meeting for Integrated Treatment

RegionalMtg-Central_246p-gold.JPGProgram managers, team leaders, and other professionals from healthcare and behavioral healthcare organizations in central Ohio are invited to attend the next regional meeting for integrated treatment (December 7, 2011). Those who attend this peer-networking event discuss challenges and solutions for implementing evidence-based practices and other service strategies for people with mental illness and substance use disorders (e.g., IDDT, ACT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, TRAC, MI).

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December 01, 2011

Mike Schramm to Present at Strategic Data-Use to Stabilize Neighborhoods Conference

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Michael Schramm, MA, a research associate and analyst/programmer at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development will be presenting at the Strategic Data-Use to Stabilize Neighborhoods conference in Baltimore, Maryland on December 6, 2011. The conference is presented by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Schramm, who is also the Director of Information Technology and Research at the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (often known as the Land Bank) will be presenting Using Data to Drive Neighborhood Investment along with: Ira Goldstein, Managing Director for Policy, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia; Karla Henderson, Group Executive of Planning and Facilities, Detroit Mayor's Office; Danielle Lewinski, Director of Planning and Technical Programs, Community Legal Resources, Detroit; and Frank Ford, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., Cleveland. They will discuss and give their perspectives on how Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia address new and promising ways of disinvestment by using data, mapping, and community engagement.

November 28, 2011

Fellowship Program Prepares Next Generation of Clinical Leaders for Evidence-Based Practice

MandelSchoolStudents_246p-WithAndrews.JPGIf you or others you know are interested in earning a master's degree in social work and pursuing a career in clinical leadership for evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for vulnerable populations, contact the Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Qualified candidates with a bachelor's degree in any discipline will be considered. Full scholarships available.

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November 22, 2011

WCPN: After Brief Respite, Foreclosures in Ohio on Way Back Up

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Graphing data from NEO CANDO, WCPN Ideastream reports that "after a brief respite, the number of foreclosures in Ohio are rising again" according to the Mortgage Bankers' Association.

NEO CANDO, the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a social indicators data warehouse and research platform run by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The graph generated using NEO CANDO data shows the third quarter of 2011 saw nearly 400 more foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County than the second quarter.

Read the November 21, 2011 report by Cleveland area NPR affiliate 90.3 WCPN and download the .mp3 of the broadcast.

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November 21, 2011

On The Road Ahead: Cleveland

Land Bank President Gus Frangos looks at a map of 15,000 foreclosures in Cleveland

CBC News journalist Paul Hunter recently visited Cleveland to investigate how the city is combating the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Hunter met with Gus Frangos, president of the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation (often known as the Land Bank), who illustrated the severity of the situation with a map showing the more than 15,000 properties in Cleveland suffering foreclosure, generated with data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

Watch the video "On the Road Ahead: Cleveland" from November 14, 2011 at CBC News The National or below.

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November 17, 2011

Cultural exchange with the Netherlands examines integrated treatment for drug use, mental illness

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November 16, 2011

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for health and human service professionals, college students during spring break

4916707_jet_246px.jpgTake an educational holiday overseas to the Netherlands in March 2012 by signing up for Patrick Boyle's course, "Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services." Boyle has been an adjunct instructor at the School for more than 20 years and is director of implementation services at the School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. He is also a graduate of the AODA and mental-health specializations. Boyle's travel-abroad course is one of serveral for Case Western Reserve University students, which are also open to working professionals in health and human services. Other classes travel to Guatemala and Poland.

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November 15, 2011

Albert Dijkhuizen and Johan Weterings explain how integrated treatment transforms therapeutic relationships, recovery in the Netherlands

AlbertDijkhuizenJohanWeterings_246p-Netherlands-2008samiconf.jpgTake a look at and listen to this interview from the 2008 archives of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices for a little inspiration to sign up for the travel-abroad courses to the Netherlands during spring break. ... Albert Dijkhuizen, MD, and Johan Weterings, PhD, of the city of Eindhoven are veterans of an old system of care that provided separate, non-integrated services for mental illness and addiction. Listen to their stories of transformation, which have occurred as a result of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment. Tracks #4 & 5 feature consumer success stories. Track #7 features Weterings speaking in Dutch, offering a message of hope to his colleagues back home.

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November 15, 2011

Mandel Allies Food Drive Continues Through Nov. 18

Mandel Allies is coordinating a Thanksgiving food drive that will benefit LGBT seniors in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Donations will help LGBT seniors enjoy a holiday meal during times of economic hardship.

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November 15, 2011

A Proactive Approach to Youth Violence

The impact of youth violence on communities is far reaching and many experts believe in solutions that involve more than just police and the courts. Dan Flannery, PhD, director of the Begun Center, shared his perspectives on how community leaders in Cleveland are providing long-term, proactive solutions. Flannery spoke during a recent discussion on WCPN's Sound of Ideas and was joined by a panel of local experts, including:

  • Marilyn Rice, Former Senior Advisor in Health Promotion and Urban Health, World Health Organization

  • Dr. Edward Barksdale, Surgeon, Rainbow Babies

  • Zack Reed, Cleveland City Councilman

  • Isaac Knowles, Victim of youth violence

  • Ron Soeder, President, Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland

November 10, 2011

NEO CANDO Fighting Blight of South Euclid Vacant Homes

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NEO CANDO is one of the tools being utilized by residents of the City of South Euclid to fight the blight of vacant and foreclosed houses as mentioned in "South Euclid left with responsibility of dealing with vacant homes: Your Turn" in the Sun Messenger. NEO CANDO, the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing system, is developed by Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

South Euclid is using NEO CANDO to track and map trends in foreclosure as one of its many tools to combat the crisis. Other methods the city is employing include fostering strategic partnerships, working with Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People (ESOP), and utilizing the Cuyahoga Land Bank.

Read the November 4, 2011 editorial in the Sun Messenger.

November 09, 2011

Brookings Report: Dramatic Jumps in Poverty-Stricken Neighborhoods

Poverty gains ground in Cleveland area neighborhoods

The Brookings Institution reports that Northeast Ohio has shown some of the fastest growth in the nation for the number of people living in extremely poor neighborhoods, a situation that Dr Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, confirmed in a November 3, 2011 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Brookings' "The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s" looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country where at least 40 percent of residents were at or below the poverty level including 24,000 residents in "high-density" suburbs such as Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Euclid, Kent, Lorain, and Painesville.

"Yes, this is exactly what we've seen," said Dr. Coulton about the report. "It [poverty] has hit the suburbs hard."

Read more in "Brookings report finds poverty-stricken neighborhoods jump dramatically in Cleveland area" in the Plain Dealer and below.

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November 08, 2011

Richey Piiparinen at Living Cities' 20th Anniversary

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Richey Piiparinen, MA, MUPDD, research assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was invited to be one of the guest bloggers at the Living Cities Integration Initiatives 20th Anniversary event on September 27, 2011 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Piiparinen contributed two entries during the event: "Urban Decline: Can it be as simple as a lack of communication?" and "The Future of Blue Collar Philanthropy". The eight guest writers from around the country were asked to blog their experiences and perspectives as public, private, and philanthropic sector leaders spoke about collaboration, innovation, and urban social change over the past two decades.

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November 08, 2011

Violence Prevention Program Receives Award, National Recognition

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On Friday, November 4, the Ohio State Bar Foundation recognized the efforts of the Fugitive Safe Surrender program by naming it the "Outstanding Program for 2010." The program's success is due to the work of MSASS researchers like Daniel J. Flannery, PhD, director of the Begun Center.

The program has operated 23 times in 21 cities, and Flannery’s research group has been on the ground at each event, collecting and analyzing data from the participants.

Last fall, the program logged a national record when 7,431 people surrendered in the city of Cleveland. Learn more about the award from The Ohio State Bar Foundation website.


November 08, 2011

The New Face of American Poverty is Often a Child's

Huffington Post: The New Face of American Poverty is Often a Child's

Dr Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, was contacted for the Huffington Post article "The New Face Of American Poverty Is Often A Child's". Fisher explained in the story that "as families cycle in and out of poverty, faith-based service programs tend to catch people who fall through the cracks of other safety nets."

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November 08, 2011

Spotlight on the Housing Market in Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor

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The recently released Spotlight on the Housing Market in Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights the Cuyahoga County Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and its use of the "sophisticated mapping system" that is NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

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October 26, 2011

Dr Collins Presents at the Conference Foreclosures and the Family

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Dr Cyleste Collins, a research assistant professor at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is presenting at Foreclosures and the Family: The Impact and What Works by Community Housing Solutions. This Family Stability Initiative Conference is being held on Thursday, October 27 from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Dolan Center for Science and Technology of John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

Dr. Collins's topic is "The Impact of Foreclosure on the Family". She is joined by co-presenters David Rothstein of Policy Matters Ohio and John Ropar, director of the John Carroll University Counseling Center.

October 20, 2011

Art at MSASS: Stephanie Kluk, Photographer

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The soft, dark and mysterious photographs of Stephanie Kluk depict a young child in a not-so-typical homescape. The beautiful images linger in an inquiring way.

"My current body of photographs depict a romantic and somewhat ghostly view of my homescape. Using a digital camera and ambient light I create images that explore the beautifully haunting affects my son has had on my life… Eliminating physical objects normally associated with children (trucks, crayons, etc.) I focus on the spirit of energy and mystery that fills my home.”

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October 20, 2011

Art at MSASS: Marti Higgins

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Contrasting colors, value, shape, and movement are a few of the artistic elements that Marti Higgins uses to create her landscapes. The landscapes range from tranquil/calming to energetic/stormy! Her paintings capture nature's extremes. "The dualities of nature."

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October 14, 2011

Cleveland Could Hold the Future of the Foreclosure Crisis: Demolition

Land Bank President Gus Frangos looks at a map of 15,000 foreclosures in Cleveland

The Washington Post featured the Cleveland foreclosure and vacant properties crisis with "Banks turn to demolition of foreclosed properties to ease housing-market pressures" including the slideshow "Cleveland could hold the future of the foreclosure crisis: Demolition". Slide 9 features a map of foreclosed properties in Cleveland that was created using data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) by the the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp (often known as the Land Bank).

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October 12, 2011

A Case for Social Workers: What Do Employers Look For?

What does the future hold for the next generation of nonprofit leaders? We posed this question to Robert Fischer, PhD, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Fischer gave us his views on the realities of a tough job market and the potential opportunities for young social work graduates.

A recent article in The Plain Dealer, entitled "Young nonprofit graduates struggling to find jobs here," raises an important topic, but also casts light on the realities of nonprofit organizations and the limited data we have about them. The survey report in the article, credited to The Young Nonprofit Professional Network, was based on a class project by three master's students in a nonprofit management course I taught at Case Western Reserve University in the fall of 2010.

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October 12, 2011

5 Questions With Richey Piiparinen

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Richey Piiparinen, MA, MUPDD, research assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was recently featured in the Friday Five Questions segment of The Daily, the digital newspaper of Case Western Reserve University, on September 23, 2011. In addition to his work at the Center, Piiparinen writes for Rust Wire, a regional blog dedicated to growth in the Rust Belt, and helped start the urban art therapy and architectural reworking W. 83rd Street Project.

Learn about Rihey's preferred music and books, his favorite things about CWRU and Cleveland, and more.

October 10, 2011

New EBP Website has 'My Account' Feature, Incorporates CCOE Sites, More

611989_diversepeopletalking_125p.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices has launched a new website, and we need your help with the transition by creating (or re-creating) your own membership account, which is free. The new "my account" feature helps you manage your event registration, resource downloads, and more. We have also moved the websites of our Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives and Tobacco Recovery model to this new website, so remember to update any references to those links.

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October 06, 2011

Youth Violence the Topic at Cleveland Consortium

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How can youth violence be measured?

Cleveland city leaders gathered with researchers from The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education to discuss the topic of youth violence during a recent consortium at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event was sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) and the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

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October 05, 2011

Foundation Grant Continues Work of Begun Center, Cleveland Partnership

Researchers from the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will continue their work with the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland over the next two years, thanks to a $200,000 grant made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, matching contributions from The Cleveland Foundation, Saint Luke’s Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation will provide for a combined total of $400,000.

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October 05, 2011

Active Aging Symposium Draws Local, International Experts

Local leaders from around Cleveland - and international experts from around the world - gathered at Case Western Reserve University on October 1 to talk about a topic that most 60-something boomers don't care to discuss: what it means to grow old.

Nearly 250 people attended the Active Aging Symposium to talk about the aging workforce, the impact of global aging, redefining retirement and civic engagement among senior volunteers.

Participants arrived for a full day to attend breakout sessions and hear academics talk about their theories on why active aging is part of a growing global movement.

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October 05, 2011

Density of Individual Food Stamp Recipients Update

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is updating its map series for the density of individual food stamp recipients in the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County from July 2000 through July 2009. Maps for 2010 and 2011 will be produced in the near future. Among its many functions, NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) allows users to extract data across geography and time to examine trends such as food stamp enrollment.

Neighborhoods in Cleveland continue to have the greatest percentages of individuals receiving Food Stamps. The greatest increases in the number of food stamp recipients, however, are found in Cuyahoga's suburbs.

Download maps for years 2000-2009 as a single PDF (full screen view). You can also watch a video slideshow of years 2001-2008.

October 03, 2011

NEO CANDO Presented at Data Driven '11

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Michael Schramm, MA, a research associate and analyst/programmer at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, presented at the Data Driven '11 conference of Community Research Partners on September 23, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Schramm presented "NEO CANDO: a Data-Driven Response to Foreclosure in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County" (PowerPoint).

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September 30, 2011

Property Values Fall Across Ohio

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According to a Saturday, September 24 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2011 marks the first year in which all 41 counties in Ohio that are reappraising or updating property values saw decline. Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development comments that "it hasn't turned around. The economy is still bad and people are still worried about their jobs and people are having difficulty getting loans to buy homes. We still have a stalled housing market."

All though Cuyahoga County will not conclude it's reappriasal until 2012, several other counties in NEO CANDO's area re included: Geauga, Ashtabula, and Summit.

Read "Property values fall across Ohio as every county undergoing reappraisal sees drop" and more below.

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September 26, 2011

The Real World Cleveland

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Richey Piiparinen, MA, MUPDD, research assistant at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, contributed "The Real World Cleveland (or Detroit, Buffalo, etc)" to Rust Wire, a regional blog dedicated to growth in the Rust Belt, on September 16, 2011. The story features data from the Center and from NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) including four video slideshows of maps on high poverty, food stamp recipients, sheriff's deeds, and concentrated affluence.

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September 23, 2011

MSASS Youth Violence Consortium to Honor Congressman Stokes

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On Friday, September 30, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center at MSASS and the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland will host a seminar featuring Dr. John A. Rich and former U.S. Rep. Louis B. Stokes. The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

Researchers from the Begun Center will be naming The Greater Cleveland Consortium on Youth Violence Prevention in honor of Stokes. This is a special event since Stokes is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at MSASS.

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September 22, 2011

Seminar on Violence to Feature Daniel Flannery, PhD

On Tuesday, September 27, The Schubert Center for Child Studies is sponsoring a seminar entitled "Merging Research, Practice, and Policy in Addressing Children's Exposure to Violence." The event is for faculty, students and community members interested in child well-being and child policy.

The seminar will feature Daniel Flannery, director of The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at MSASS. Flannery will present his work on the Defending Childhood initiative, a federal program that received funding from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Researchers at the Begun Center are part of the collaborative effort in Cuyahoga County, providing ongoing planning, data and evaluation support. Guests will talk about their experiences in the community and policy implications associated with the effort.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Room 115, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 11402 Bellflower Road

The program will feature Janet Kronenberg, MPA, JD, manager of the Cuyahoga County Witness/Victim Service Center. For more information, please visit the Schubert Center website.

September 21, 2011

Building Solutions to Poverty Conference

Dr. Claudia Coulton

Dr Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, will be one of the featured speakers at the Building Solutions to Poverty: Methods and Metrics for Identifying Success conference held over October 19-21, 2011. Dr Coulton's presentation is titled "Innovative Solutions to Poverty: Issues and Challenges in Poverty Measurement, Intervention, Design, and Evaluation". The conference is organized by the International Poverty Solutions Collaborative (IPSC) at the Ohio State University. The keynote speaker is Sheldon Danziger, Ph.D., director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

Read more about the conference and the speakers and watch the video below.

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September 16, 2011

Video Slideshow of Cleveland Poverty

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Poverty affects all residents of the City of Cleveland and surrounding areas. Some highlight and comment on the issues with art, including new media. Below is a video slideshow on YouTube depicting photographs, graphs, and illustrations of Cleveland (and some that are elsewhere), collected as a collage. The video includes several graphs and maps from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at:

2:10 - a food stamps data tracking page the Center supplied for the Cleveland Foundation
2:38 - a food stamp map using NEO CANDO data
3:41 - a subprime lending map
4:10 - a residential vacancy map

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September 14, 2011

Assessing Outcomes and Evaluation Programs in Nonprofits (Webinar)

Dr Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Research Associate Professor of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is presenting a free webinar on "Assessing Outcomes and Evaluation Programs in Nonprofits" on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 4:00 to 5:00pm for the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

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September 14, 2011

Policy Practice in Israel is Topic of MSASS Lecture, September 23

A special lecture on social work in Israel will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 23. The event is sponsored by MSASS.

The lecture entitled, "Policy Practice in Social Work in Israel and in an International Perspective" features John Gal, PhD, a professor and dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will be joined by Idit Weiss-Gal, PhD, a senior lecturer at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel-Aviv University.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program has been approved for 1.25 CEUs for social workers and counselors. A light lunch will be available.

The event will be held in Room 115 across the street from MSASS in the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 11402 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106.

September 14, 2011

Making A Big Impact: IIC 2010 Annual Report

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Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children (IIC) has released their Making A Big Impact: The 2010 Annual Report of Invest in Children in electronic format. Collaborative work by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, which has partnered with IIC on various studies for over a decade, is included in the report.

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September 09, 2011

Poverty Center Spotlighted in MSASS Annual Report

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is one of the featured research and training centers in the recently released 2010-2011 Research & Training Annual Report of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The report discusses the issues surrounding Cleveland as well as the various projects of the Center and the uses for NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

Read the entire report as either a:
2.06 MB, 72dpi .PDF for slower connections and email, or
20.1 MB, 300dpi .PDF for faster connections and printing.

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September 09, 2011

Kristen Magerkurth, artist

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Colors, shapes, and texture are the elements that artist, Kristen Magerkurth uses to create her organic abstract paintings. She has an “eye” for composition. The canvases invite the viewer to contemplate and connect to her works. “I am interested in painting with nontraditional materials to get a variety of shapes and textures in my paintings. I use a combination of household common materials and traditional painting materials to allow the viewers to connect to my paintings. I also paint nonrepresentational to complement the materials. The act of performance while I make the work and how my pieces evolve on their own is an important aspect of my work.”

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September 08, 2011

Neighborhood Data Briefs with SLF

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Earlier this year, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in partnership with the Saint Luke's Foundation released a series of 12 data briefs on key social demographic and population dimensions of three neighborhoods on the east side of the City of Cleveland: Buckeye-Shaker, Mount Pleasant, and Woodland Hills. The data briefs address issues related to Saint Luke's target communities, with specific attention to changes in indicators over time. Using data from a range of Census and local sources, the briefs highlight important dimensions of life in these three neighborhoods that can inform approaches to address community needs.

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September 07, 2011

MSASS Releases New Annual Report for Research and Training

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The just-released 2010-2011 Research & Training Annual Report of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences demonstrates the considerable contributions of the school's faculty to scholarship, research and training. Highlights include the following:

- External research and training grant funding totaled almost $6 million to our 30-member faculty, the second highest in the school's history.

- Research grants have more than doubled (136 percent increase) in the last six years.

- More than two-fifths of our faculty’s research is federally funded.

- MSASS faculty accomplishments in research and training were recognized through a $7 million bequest from James Williamson. This is the largest single gift in the school's history.

- Academic Analytics, LLC, ranks the faculty of our school as seventh among social work doctoral programs.

Additional Highlights

Much of our work is conducted through the Mandel School's five research and training centers, which are featured in this year's annual report. The report also highlights additional independent faculty projects. Faculty infuse new knowledge from research and training initiatives into master's and doctoral coursework, and many students gain practical experiences as active members of research teams.

September 07, 2011

Homeownership Publications by Anna Maria Santiago

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Dr Anna Maria Santiago, faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is the lead author on several recent and upcoming publications on low-income homeownership.

Foreclosing on the American dream? The financial consequences of low-income homeownership, Housing Policy Debate Volume 20, Issue 4, 2010

"Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place Like Home: the experiences of low-income, minority homebuyers" in the soon to be published Fair and Affordable Housing in the U.S.: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions (forthcoming September 2011)

Low-Income Homeownership: does it necessarily mean sacrificing neighborhood quality to buy a home?, Journal of Urban Affairs Volume 32, Issue 2, pages 171–198, May 2010

Read a brief section from each abstract or introduction.

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September 02, 2011

Rob Fischer Receives OPEG Award

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Dr Rob Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Research Associate Professor of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, received the Roberta O'Keefe Recognition Award for outstanding service to Ohio Program Evaluators' Group (OPEG) in May 2011. A long time board member, Dr. Fischer served as President to the OPEG board from 2005 to 2011.

Read the award announcements from OPEG.

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August 30, 2011

Land Bank Making a Difference

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The development of a Neighborhood Stabilization Team (NST) by the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp (often known as the Land Bank) is showcasing some of the good work happening in local communities. NST includes Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development staff members Michael Schramm and April Hirsh and NST primarily uses data from NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing). A Sunday, August 27, 2011 editorial published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer tells part of the Land Bank and NST's story.

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August 29, 2011

County Foreclosures Jump in August

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According to data available from NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing), the number of new mortgage foreclosures in Cuyahoga County during the month of August 2011 will top 1000, as discussed by Bill Callahan in his Callaghan Cleveland Diary weblog post on August 27, 2011.

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August 26, 2011

Ohio RSVP recovery conference to highlight trauma care, medication choices, social support, much more

2733050_LeanOnMeCouple_125px.jpgThe fourth annual "Respect, Success, Value, Purpose (RSVP) Mental Health Recovery Conference" will take place at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, on September 28, 2011. The goal of this year's event is to promote greater understanding of recovery from mental illness and how our communities can be supportive. It will feature two keynote speakers and 11 breakout sessions. Sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Boards of Ashalnd County, Richland County, and Wayne & Holmes Counties. CEUs available.

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August 22, 2011

Roads to Recovery conference to highlight evidence-based practices available to service providers, systems of care

CuyahogaADAMHSevent_125p.jpgPatrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting at this year's Roads to Recovery Conference, titled "Behavioral Health: A System Under Construction," which takes place on September 12, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is sponsored by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County. He will moderate a panel presentation about evidence-based practices. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Cetner will also present. Sign-up for their workshops. CEUs available.

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August 22, 2011

Daryl Musick, artist

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Dramatic, bold, and multicolored describe the paintings by artist Daryl Musick. Daryl is an abstract painter. He has been painting for over 20 years. He has worked with many different mediums, the current exhibit provides an personal glimpse into his creative process with his journey through mental illness. “The inspiration for the pieces has evolved over the years as I have struggled with mental health illness. The process is the key element in my work. Issues of isolation, friendships, and personal recovery are the main themes that appear throughout the works.”

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August 22, 2011

Begun Center Ushers in New Era at MSASS

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More than 100 community members, faculty members and staff from Case Western Reserve University attended a welcome reception on August 18 for The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. The event ushered in a new chapter for The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), which heralded the arrival of Daniel Flannery, PhD, and his research team from Kent State University this past July.

"It's a big team here — a very talented team," said Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore. "This is a group that will continue to make a great impact that fits into the mission of our school."

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August 17, 2011

Building a Career in Nonprofit Cleveland

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In the fall of 2010, Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Research Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and students from his course MAND 410: Quantitative Analysis for Nonprofit Leaders at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations conducted a survey project for the Cleveland chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Their work is cited in the recently released report:

Building a Career in Nonprofit Cleveland: Focus on the Nonprofit Identity (full report and executive summary)

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August 17, 2011

Showing That Your Work Matters (Video)

Dr. Robert Fischer, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is featured in a video presentation on program evaluation titled "Showing That Your Work Matters" on Grant Space, a service of the Foundation Center, Cleveland.

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August 16, 2011

Training event to highlight practical responses to Ohio's opiate epidemic

womandoctor_125px.jpgChristina M. Delos Reyes, MD, medical consultant at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, will present "The Opiate Epidemic in Ohio: What Psychiatrists and Other Healthcare Professionals Can Do" on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 7:45 to 9 am on the campus of Case Western Reserve University as part of Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. CMEs are available. Other CEUs may be available.

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August 16, 2011

MSASS Honors Staff with Art Display, Recognition Awards

The staff at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences received a special treat when they showed up for work last Wednesday. The second floor of the school was adorned with the artistry of several staff and faculty members.

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Colorful photographs, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal drawings and abstract art were all part of the collection on the second-floor walls, usually reserved for local artists from all across northeast Ohio. "I'm so amazed at all the talent we have here at MSASS," said Dean Grover Gilmore. "What a special treat, seeing all this beautiful work. Our faculty and staff are truly multi-talented."

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August 16, 2011

MSASS Mourns Loss of Emeritus Professor Edmond Jenkins

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A memorial service for Edmond Jenkins will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The church is located at 2172 E. 49th St. in Cleveland, just south of Cedar Avenue.

Professor Jenkins died on August 4, 2011. He taught at the Mandel School from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. He directed "Project Go" during the time he was at MSASS. Dorothy Maroff, assistant to the director at the Lillian F. & Milford J. Harris Library, remembers how Jenkins donated the first audio-visual materials there.

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August 11, 2011

Healing a Cleveland Community through Art Therapy

Urban art therapy is giving the residents of Detroit Shoreway cause for reflection after a gas explosion destroyed nearly five dozen homes and buildings in 2010. Richey Piiparinen, a researcher with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS, explains his collaboration with the W. 83rd St. Project on Rustwire.com.

August 11, 2011

A Decade of Social Work Today

There are top trends and then there are 10 that have influenced social work culture over the last decade. M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad Jr., the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at MSASS, explains why globalization made the list and why social work educators need to promote more international field placements. His comments appeared in the July/August edition of Social Work Today, the nation's leading news magazine for social workers.

August 11, 2011

Associate Professor Kathleen J. Farkas Speaks Out on Behalf of Abused Women, those Healing from Addiction

When women are incarcerated and later released from prison, the stories of abuse and addiction can be overwhelming. Many of these stories often go untold without a clear understanding of what these women have endured.

But during the wake of the Anthony Sowell trial in Cleveland last week, WCPN-90.3 featured a story about a group of women that are getting help, thanks to creative writing and encouragement from MSASS Associate Professor Kathleen J. Farkas. Farkas was a featured guest of radio host David C. Barnett, who spoke about the Women's Re-entry Network and a creative writing program for women at the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center.

August 11, 2011

MSASS Faculty & Staff Art Exhibit 2011

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Photography, paintings, drawings are on view on the 2nd floor, the works are created by MSASS faculty and staff.

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August 01, 2011

Addiction Studies Institute to highlight motivational interviewing, tobacco-recovery model

AddictionStudies_125p.JPGJoin the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Addiction Studies Institute in Columbus, Ohio, on August 17, 18 and 19, 2011, hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center are presenting. Sign-up for their workshops: "Motivational Interviewing in Addictions" and "Tobacco Dependence: The Forgotten Substance-Related Disorder." Look for our display table.

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July 28, 2011

BofA Donates Then Demolishes Houses to Cut Glut

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Bank of America Corp., the biggest mortgage servicer in the country, will soon donate 100 foreclosed houses to the City of Cleveland so these vacant properties can be demolished as discussed in an online Bloomberg article on July 27, 2011. BoF and other servicers have similar plans for other cities.

It's estimated upwards of 13,000 residences in Cleveland are foreclosed or abandoned, using information provided by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Neighborhood Progress Inc.

Read the full Bloomberg article or the repost in the Financial Post.

July 25, 2011

Claudia Coulton Joins NPI Board of Trustees

July 22, 2011

Center contributes experience, knowledge from Ohio to Global Implementation Conference

GIC_125p.JPGPatrick Boyle, MSSA ('89), and Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices -- and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative -- are presenting three posters at the "First Biennial Global Implementation Conference" (GIC) in Washington, DC, on August 15, 16, and 17, 2011. The event brings together scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders for an unprecedented focus on evidence-based practices and how they can be implemented effectively to improve outcomes for people and organizations. Boyle and Hrouda will also be participating in ongoing learning clusters with colleagues from the conference over the coming year.

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July 22, 2011

Neighborhood Art Installation Offers Creative, Healing Response to Gas Explosion

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Freshwater Cleveland recently covered a project headed by Richey Piiparinen, a research assistant who recently joined the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

The project focuses on the psychological effects of abandoned properties in Cleveland's neighborhoods. In partnership with the City of Cleveland and Detroit Shoreway CDO, Richey is a part of a team that is implementing an urban art therapy project on W. 83rd St., which is the site of devastating vacant house explosion that rocked the community. The project entails turning one of the vacant houses condemned due to the explosion into an interactive art exhibit that will open with a reception July 28th. The house/exhibit will be deconstructed, with salvageable materials relocated to a reading garden that will be built down the street.

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July 18, 2011

National Research Institute invites Center to present study of Ohio claims data, cost savings from integrated treatment

DebHrouda_125px.jpgDebra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Mandel School's Center for EBPs--and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative--has been invited to present results of a CEBP study of Ohio behavioral-healthcare claims data during a free webinar hosted by the the National Research Institute (NRI), Inc. on August 2, 2011. The study showed that Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) helped save Ohio $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. Register online today.

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July 12, 2011

Daniel Flannery Addresses Youth Violence on WCPN

Daniel Flannery, PhD, was a featured guest on WCPN 90.3 on Tuesday, July 12. He spoke about youth violence and "flash mobs" that are creating fear in public spaces and local communities.

He joined a host of local officials on The Sound of Ideas, which aired at 9 a.m. Flannery is the new director of The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research & Education.

He joined MSASS on July 1 and brought along a team of 23 researchers, evaluators, consultants and trainers. As a leading scholar in the study of violence and exposure to violence, he currently has more than $6 million in funded research, evaluation and training projects. More

July 08, 2011

Center hosts basic and advanced training in motivational interviewing for service providers, supervisors

DeborahMyers_125px.jpgDeborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Mandel School's Center for EBPs--and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative--will be presenting four Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in southwest Ohio in August, September, and October. Earn CEUs; enhance your practice and supervision skills; register online today. Myers is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She is a consultant and trainer at the Center.

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July 06, 2011

How does your neighbourhood rank? New site lets you compare

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The City of Toronto, Canada has launched a neighborhood data website similar to NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing). Dr. Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, discuses in the article the uses for NEO CANDO here in Cleveland including researching vulnerable populations, predatory lending, and improving preschool and how this public data can benefit any community.

Read the entire June 30 article in the Toronto Star.

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June 30, 2011

FALL 2011 MSASS Lectures & Events

Reservations required
Contact Pamela Carson at (216) 368-2281 or pamela.carson@case.edu
CEU’s are $25 per lecture payable at the door. Exact amount or checks are appreciated.
CEU Certificates will be sent by mail after the lecture. Allow 10 business days for delivery.

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June 29, 2011

Social work and the elderly: earn an MSSA with a specialization in aging.

"People need to know that when they enter this social work field, it doesn't mean just working with frail, older people," says Dr. M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Jr., a distinguished university professor.

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June 29, 2011

ArtHouse, Cleveland, Ohio, Urban Bright Arts-in-Education exhibit

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Refreshing and colorful exhibit by the students of The Urban Bright Arts-in-Education residency program, ArtHouse, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, is currently on display at MSASS. The artwork represents a segment of creative work produced by the students in the 2010-2011 academic year.

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June 20, 2011

Dr. Rob Fischer is an invited advisor to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's Advancing Knowledge Scholarship Council

June 13, 2011

Ohio board accredits Mandel School curriculum for professional license in chemical-dependency counseling

KathleenFarkas_125p.jpgThe Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has achieved another milestone in its long history of excellence in social-work education. Its master's-degree program was recently accredited by a new licensing entity, the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB), which oversees the certification and licensing of chemical-dependency counselors.

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June 07, 2011

Restructuring the Nonprofit Human Services Sector: Findings from an Innovative Pilot

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In the fall of 2009, a group of 18 philanthropic funders in Cleveland, Ohio, launched a yearlong pilot designed to engage health and human service nonprofits in a process focused on significant inter‐organizational restructuring. The funders saw the context of economic crisis as a threat to the "collective ability to provide more and better human services despite rapidly diminishing resources," as well as an "unprecedented opportunity for the nonprofit community and its leaders to demonstrate extraordinary vision and ingenuity." These funders pooled their financial and human resources to develop a pilot project focused singularly on a group of nonprofit human services organizations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development submitted a report on the pilot program to the Funders Collaborative.

Read the "Restructuring the Nonprofit Human Services Sector: Findings from an Innovative Pilot" report here.

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June 01, 2011

Center for Evidence-Based Practices moves to new home in Bellflower Hall

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May 19, 2011

Don't Forget Your Passport! International - Education Scholarship Fundraiser - Thursday, June 16, 2011

Join us as we celebrate the international education program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. This international festival of food, music, dance, and culture will raise funds to benefit scholarships for international study, service learning and field placements. Tickets are $30/person or $50/couple in advance of the event. More information can be found at our website: http://msass.case.edu/alumni/IESF.html. Contact Misty Funk for more information at misty.funk@case.edu or (216) 368-1832.

Misty D. Funk, M.S.S.A. '10, L.S.W.
Director of Annual Giving and Special Gifts
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
216.368.1832

May 10, 2011

Supervising the practice of motivational interviewing to be highlighted at ODADAS training event

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May 02, 2011

NEO CANDO Updates for Social and Economic Data (Part 2)

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has released social and economic updates for NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

In the second part of this update from April 2011 are:

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May 02, 2011

NEO CANDO Updates for Social and Economic Data (Part 1)

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has released social and economic updates for NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

In the first part of this update from April 2011 are:

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April 28, 2011

Federal Reserve Board: Resources for Stabilizing Communities

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The Federal Reserve, through its Community Development staff located at its 12 regional reserve banks and the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., works to bring together key community stakeholders to identify local problems and explore solutions, some of which are highlighted in a series of three concise video documentaries.

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April 21, 2011

Nancy Richards-Davis, painter

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Subdue, abstract, and trapped fossils like images encased in layers and layers of beeswax, articulate the nonverbal journey that artist, Nancy Richard-Davis shares in her paintings. The organic nature of the encaustic process allows Nancy to "capture the moment," serendipitously! Her wonderful compositions invite the viewer to reflect and ponder. Travels and self-reflection are the backbone of her paintings.

The mixture of pigment and oil is mixed in to the heated beeswax [encaustic process]. When the mixture is a molten state, it is painted and manipulated on a surface.

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April 21, 2011

Jessica Kayse, photographer

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Colorful, expressive, and humbling moments capture the beauty of
Nicaragua’s culture through photographer, Jessica Kayse, camera lens.
The elements of the compositions are powerful and immerse the viewer.

“I will never forget Nicaragua…I attempted to capture the everyday
life and scenes of life in Nicaragua.” Jessica Kayse.

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April 15, 2011

$1.3M in Grant Donations Expands Pre-K Program

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The PNC Foundation and the George Gund Foundation have donated a combined total of $1.3 million for Cuyahoga County's Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. The program was created by Invest in Children (IIC). The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development conducted an evaluation of the pilot program, showing the positive impact on children.

Read the full WKYC Channel 3 article here on the announcement.

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March 30, 2011

SPRING/FALL 2011 MSASS Lectures & Events

Reservations required

Contact Pamela Carson at (216)368-2281 or pamela.carson@case.edu
CEU’s are $25 per lecture payable at the door. Exact amount or checks are appreciated.
CEU Certificates will be sent by mail after the lecture. Allow 10 business days for delivery.

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March 22, 2011

Publication: Coulton, Chan and Mikelbank in the Journal of Community Practice

March 19, 2011

Aaron Opoku Gyimah, artist

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Bright colors and bold images inspired by nature and the people around artist, Aaron Opoku Gyimah, from Ghana, West Africa.

Paintings are on exhibit at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences through March 31, 2011. The paintings are for sale. Further questions, please contact: june.hund@case.edu

March 17, 2011

Beimers and Coulton: Journal article on employment and child maltreatment

March 03, 2011

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank article: "Slowing Speculation: A Proposal to Lessen Undesirable Housing Transactions"

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An article from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland titled, ""Slowing Speculation: A Proposal to Lessen Undesirable Housing Transactions" includes suggested readings from two reports published by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development: "Pathways to Foreclosure: A Longitudinal Study of Mortgage Loans, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008" and "Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008".

The Center has worked closely with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and with the Cuyahoga Land Bank, also discussed in the article, and provides information to nonprofits and government programs for neighborhood stabilization, and bank foreclosure prevention and remediation programs via the property data portion of its Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO)website, and through other research programs.

NEO CANDO is a free online database of social, property, and economic indicators combined with geographic data markers down to the neighborhood level, and mapping utilities, created and maintained by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center is one of several research centers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

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February 21, 2011

Dean's Letter - February, 2011

Dear SASS/MSASS Alumni,

Winter greetings from the faculty and students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. As we embark on a new semester, our classrooms are busier than ever.

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February 14, 2011

NEO CANDO "Using Local Market Data to Support Neighborhood Stabilization"

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Enterprise Community Partners hosted a live online webinar titled: "Using Local Market Data to Support Neighborhood Stabilization." It was held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Powerpoint presentation for this webinar is now available here online.

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February 10, 2011

East Cleveland service-learning experience offers lessons, say CWRU researchers

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A recent journal article "Getting the Most Out of Service Learning: Maximizing Student, University, and Community Impact" in the Journal of Community Practice, is by professors Mark Chupp and Mark Joseph, is outlined in this |think magazine blog article.

Additional articles about their work, and the efforts of Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences students can bee see in the August and July 2010 articles here.

Both Mark Chupp and Mark Joseph are faculty associates of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

February 10, 2011

Market Data-Driven Stabilization: A Case Study of Cleveland's NEO CANDO Data System

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The following case study by the Enterprise Foundation, focuses on NEO CANDO and the partnerships that utilize the data it provides to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.

"Local market data systems are of great value to nonprofits, local governments and other community stakeholders who are working to stabilize neighborhoods struggling as a result of foreclosures, blight, vacancies or economic decline.

In Cleveland, data transformed the focus and implementation of neighborhood stabilization, allowing stabilization efforts to achieve a level of impact that was not otherwise possible....

This case study examines the value of parcel-level real estate data for neighborhood stabilization programs in general, and looks specifically at how the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing system (NEO CANDO) is used in Cleveland. Examples of some of the ways community stakeholders have used the data generated by the NEO CANDO system are provided. General information describing the operations of the NEO CANDO system, the data used, and the sources of that data are also provided to aid communities considering creating their own local market data system."

This case study is located on practitionerresources.org, where other Enterprise Community Partners resources are also listed.

February 09, 2011

Grace Vibbert, artist

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Travel back to Medieval Times with artist Grace Vibbert’s illuminated manuscripts. Each manuscript is well choreographed is then painted on vellum with warm pigments that include vermillion and gold. Elaborate calligraphy and design make each piece unique. Vibbert’s inspiration comes from the great “un-named” masters of the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. “…by using their tools, materials and techniques it is my hope that I will be able to reach across the gulf of time and touch the past.”

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February 09, 2011

George Kocar, artist

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Bright colors, bold shapes, and humor are Cleveland artist, George Kocar’s trademark. Take a closer look at his paintings, his complexity as an artist is reveled. He confronts the human struggle and daily conflicts through his work.

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February 09, 2011

MSASS Offers Guaranteed Paid Placement in Field Agencies

MSASS is the only social work school in the country that guarantees a stipend for field placement work. Students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences provide some 225,000 hours of community service for approximately 350 community agencies. This service enabled the social work school to become eligible for increased work-study funding from the federal government through special funding.

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February 08, 2011

Dr. Anna Santiago, podcast- Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention

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Dr. Anna Santiago, Dr. George Galster, and Renee Nicolosi, are in a podcast titled, "Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention," on the University at Buffalo School of Social Work's Living Proof Podcast series Episode 64.

"In this episode, our guests discuss their research that attempts to respond to and understand how housing policy influences not only its clients, but the neighborhoods in which they reside. They describe, amongst other programs, the Home Ownership Program in Denver, Colorado; their longitudinal research; their findings; and the continuing challenges to sustaining home ownership and its effect on poverty."

If you wish to hear play the mp3 directly click here.

Dr. Santiogo is a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

February 07, 2011

Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways

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A new report from Case Western Reserve’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development documents the problem of so-called bank walkaways in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

The report, titled Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways, takes an in-depth look at stalled foreclosure cases in Cuyahoga County in order to describe the factors involved in delayed foreclosure cases. Foreclosure cases that remain unresolved for long periods of time can result in serious spillover damages, incurring costs like unpaid taxes, unpaid utility bills, nuisance abatement assessments, maintenance, and in the most severe cases, could include fire damage or demolition.

The researchers examined the court records of 999 stalled foreclosure cases (cases where a decree of foreclosure has been granted but the property did not go to sheriff’s sale for over 180 days), finding that 56 percent of these stalled foreclosure cases could possibly be considered bank walkaways. The researchers also found that the possible bank walkaways are more likely to be vacant, tax delinquent, and demolished.

When considering the status of a foreclosure case in court, the researchers determined that cases where a plaintiff (the mortgage lender or subsequent note holder) took no action for 180 days or more after receiving a foreclosure judgment, and cases where a plaintiff dismissed a foreclosure judgment for reasons that did not involve resolving the mortgage lien, among other scenarios, could possibly be considered bank walkaways.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s going on with a foreclosure case,” reports Michael Schramm, co-author and Research Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty. "Paper and electronic court records might be missing details, and plaintiffs often only give boiler-plate reasons for their actions. But defining the problem and outlining how to recognize it is the first step in finding the solution.”

Click here to download the file.

For questions or comments about this report, please contact Michael Schramm at 216-368-0206.

This work has been possible using the Center's freely available, social, economic, neighborhood and property information database, NEO CANDO, can be found on the web here.

January 24, 2011

Windy City Times: Chicago women filmmakers collaborate on Cabrini-Green film

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An article in the Windy City Times, announces a new, feature-length documentary, Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up, which has political and historical analysis provided by Dr. Mark Joseph, of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, among others. Dr. Joseph studies mixed income housing development in Chicago and other areas.

Since 1995, 23 high-rise buildings have been demolished, that may have contained between 15,000 and 20,000 residents at their peak. New mixed-income developments have been built in some areas to replace these public housing high-rises that now contain an estimated 1,000 residents, of these only about 15% of which are original public housing residents.

"Critics assert that the plan does not eliminate the problem (poverty and the systemic causes of poverty) but merely displaces people and disperses the poverty around the city. Janet Smith, co-author of the report "Where are Poor People to Live," told Bower that only about 15 percent of the displaced Cabrini families are living in the new mixed-income developments that replaced Cabrini. Smith wondered on camera, "who will actually benefit from the Plan for Transformation when it is complete?"

....Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up features students at Jenner Elementary school, one of whom confronts Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; the Stamps family of educators and activists; and a woman who is one of the few Cabrini residents that qualified to return to live in the new mixed income development. Academics Janet Smith (University of Illinois at Chicago) , Mary Pattillo (Northwestern University) and Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University) provide political and historical analysis."

Dr. Joseph is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

January 21, 2011

Data analysis of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment reveals cost savings for State of Ohio

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Researchers from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) recently conducted an analysis of claims data for behavioral-health services in the State of Ohio and found that Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, helped save the state approximately $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. The people in this group were among the highest users of mental-health and addiction services. The savings took place only one year after they started to receive IDDT services. This analysis is compelling, because it shows that IDDT can make an impact upon costs in a short amount of time.

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January 13, 2011

Cuyahoga County Universal Pre-Kindergarten 2010 Report in Video

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the evaluation partner for Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children Program. Videos summarizing the 2010 annual progress are here.

Videos about the programs' progress, the evaluation and recent benchmarks from the last years are available from the 2010 Annual meeting here. The program is a comprehensive, voluntary, and high quality early care and education program. The video regarding the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program's evaluation, titled "Universal Pre-Kindergarten: Making a 'BIG' difference," has comments from Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center.

In the videos, Dr. Fischer comments, "... what's very interesting here is that the kids that were lowest performing and lowest developmental scores at baseline show the most dramatic gains, the most meaningful gains in these measures."

For more information regarding the Invest in Children programming please see their web site here, or look on this page for both the Invest in Children and the Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation reports.

The ten year retrospective of the Center's Evaluation of the Invest In Children project, titled "Inform, Influence, Impact, " can be read online or downloaded here.

January 07, 2011

Cuyahoga County Data Briefs with UWGC

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in partnership with the United Way of Greater Cleveland, has released a series of 12 data briefs on key social demographic and population dimensions of Cuyahoga County. The data briefs address issues related to United Way’s core community priorities, with specific attention to changes in indicators over time. Using data from a range of Census and local sources, the briefs highlight important dimensions of life in Cuyahoga County that can inform approaches to address community needs.

The briefs examine shifts in population (changing demographics, child population, mobility), indicators of risk (poverty, child maltreatment, teen/unmarried births, educational attainment, adult literacy), and indicators of opportunity (employment, public schools, safety net supports, housing affordability).

The United Way of Greater Cleveland used these demographic analyses as a discussion launching point for their request for proposal committee process for the 2011 year. The United Way of Greater Cleveland used these demographic analyses as inputs for their request for proposal committee process for the 2011 year. This social research is
available on our website
as individual briefs or one combined .PDF. They are also shared on the United Way server here.

January 02, 2011

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for college students, health and human service professionals during spring break

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Take an educational holiday overseas in March or May 2011. Engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit travel-abroad courses for Case Western Reserve University students are open to students at other colleges and universities and to working professionals in health and human services. Each trip is led and taught by instructors from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve. Join Patrick Boyle of the School's Center for EBPs for his course, "Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services," and a trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (March 4 to 13). Other trips/courses include the following ...

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December 22, 2010

Poverty up Sharply in Rust Belt

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The December 21st article "Poverty up Sharply in Rust Belt" in the politics section of the U.S. News & World Report shows severe increases in poverty levels in Ohio and southern Michigan, deeper than the national average, as reported in the recently released 2009 poverty estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The article quotes Professor Claudia Coulton, Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Coulton says that increasing poverty is a sign of a country coming down from the "good times" of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when poverty rates were lower in many areas of the country. "I think what you have is people were just getting above the poverty line when times were good, and now they're falling back below it," says Coulton.

Read the full article.

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December 15, 2010

Educational Travel Open to Alumni

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Alumni and professionals are invited to travel along with MSASS students to Guatemala, Kenya, the Netherlands, Turkey or Ecuador during Spring 2011. Meet with regional and neighborhood leaders, policy makers, practitioners, scholars and consumers.

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December 15, 2010

Employment Opportunities

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December 15, 2010

Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Storytelling

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Friday, February 18, 2011 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mandel School, Room 320
Barbara Eady, MSSA '74 (2 CEUs)

Storytelling is often used for entertainment, education and edification and can be a powerful therapeutic tool. It gently opens the heart and mind to new insights and, teaching others to share stories, can allow your clients to find their own voice. You will be invited to listen as well as plan ways to add stories in treatment.

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December 15, 2010

Celebrating 10 Years of Evidence-Based Practice in Ohio

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This season marks the tenth anniversary of the State of Ohio's investment in evidence-based practices in local communities for the treatment and recovery of people with severe mental illness. The anniversary was celebrated by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at its conference titled Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next Ten Years, this fall in Columbus. Over 330 people from Ohio and 17 other states attended the event.

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December 15, 2010

Faculty Honors at MSASS: David E. Biegel

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December 15, 2010

Faculty Honors at MSASS: Victor K. Groza

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December 10, 2010

Celebrating 10 years of evidence-based practices in Ohio, anticipating the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare

10YearsofEBPs_125p.jpgThis season marks the tenth anniversary of the State of Ohio's investment in evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of residents with severe mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It also marks the tenth anniversary of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. Both anniversaries were celebrated at the Center's EBP conference, which took place on October 12, 13, and 14 in Columbus. This year's conference was the ninth sponsored by the CEBP and its Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives. Over 330 people from Ohio and 17 other states attended.

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November 29, 2010

Plain Dealer: "Frank Russo's campaign donors got big tax breaks," cites NEO CANDO

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"Donors to former County Auditor Frank Russo received more than $1.8 million on their property taxes. Russo has pleaded guilty to taking more than $1 million in bribes over 10 years and will serve more than 21 years in prison," says this Plain Dealer Article.

NEO CANDO, as well as over 2,000 paper documents, and the County Treasurer database are cited as some of the sources of the ongoing Plain Dealer Investigation, of the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision, which incoming County Executive Ed FitzGerald has vowed to completely replace.

The article begins, "Many of the people who contributed to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo's election campaigns also went to his office in search of tax breaks -- and got them.

They received hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars off their tax bills thanks to reduced property valuations, a Plain Dealer analysis of campaign-finance reports and county records has found."

The section citing the methods and sources of the report states, "The newspaper used the state's public records laws to acquire county payroll records, campaign finance reports and databases showing reductions of property values. Case Western Reserve University's NEO CANDO, a data system containing demographic, economic and property data, provided the newspaper with county property values from 2003 through 2009.

Reporters also searched Ohio Secretary of State filings and corporate websites to unearth connections between Russo's most generous donors -- those giving $1,000 or more -- and corporate interests that received property reductions."

NEO CANDO is a free online database of social, property, and economic indicators combined with geographic data markers down to the neighborhood level, created and maintained by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center is one of several research centers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

November 12, 2010

Katherine Widen - painter

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The first three words that come to mind when looking at Widen’s works are energetic, dramatic, and subliminal. The works may make the viewer uncomfortable at first blush; this is because the landscapes are purposely painted with “slight alterations.” This technique is exactly what the artist wants to do. Widen’s paintings are contemporary landscapes with a twist.

The smaller landscapes are more recognizable, but Widen throws the viewer for a loop with the added geometric abstractions that are dramatically placed in the landscape. Widen states that her work “places the viewer as a voyeur looking into vignettes of human-altered landscapes conflated with other landscape features or geometric forms that obstruct the foreground of the paintings.”

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November 04, 2010

Social Justice, Race, and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank

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Case Western Reserve University will host "Social Justice, Race, and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank" on November 19 and 20, 2010. This event also launches the public program of the newly established, university-wide Social Justice Institute.

View more information at the event's page and download the program.

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October 29, 2010

Walley Two Hawks - artist

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Walley Two Hawks’ intaglio monotypes are currently being exhibited at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. There are soft vs. hard lines, dark colors vs. muted colors, along with recognizable images vs. unfamiliar images; this is a personal style used by the artist throughout his works.

Color is an important element in his works. Often there are surprises of unexpected blotches of color along with images that catch the viewer’s eye. A lone red hawk may be visual or subliminally flying across the prints. That makes the work stable but explosive!

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October 18, 2010

Battling the Next Phase of the Housing Crisis

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An article in Forefront, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, titled Battling the Next Phase of the Housing Crisis, refers to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's research article, "REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio," on the "rising tide" of Real-Estate Owned Properties in Cuyahoga County.

"The foreclosure crisis is breeding a new one: a crushing load of REO, or real-estate-owned, properties. These are the foreclosed homes that banks and other lenders have on their books after failing to sell them at sheriff’s auctions. In weak housing markets, including many in the Fourth District, these unsold houses too often stand vacant and neglected.

A new volume published by the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Boston and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors highlights the latest research and on-the ground efforts to attack the REO problem on several fronts. The collection of articles, REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization, was released in September to coincide with a summit hosted by the Federal Reserve in Washington. The summit aimed to help communities and practitioners find the most promising practices for addressing neighborhood stabilization and the disposition of REO properties across the country.

Among the Cleveland-area contributors to the volume were researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The researchers reported a worsening scope to the problem in northeast Ohio, offering new evidence of how REO properties further drag down communities.

In “REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio,Claudia Coulton, Mike Schramm, and April Hirsh found:

  • Since 2007, almost all properties in Cuyahoga County (home to Cleveland) that come out of foreclosure sales have ended up as REOs.
  • The number of REOs in the county peaked in 2008 at just over 10,000 properties and had declined to about 7,300 by late 2009.
  • REOs are disproportionately concentrated in lower-income communities.
  • From 2004 to 2008, the percentage of properties on Cleveland’s east side that sold out of REO at extremely distressed prices—$10,000 or less—shot up from 4 percent to almost 80 percent.

Read the full "Forefront" article here.

October 14, 2010

Child-welfare panel says Cuyahoga County agency needs to improve services and practices

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A Plain Dealer article discusses the presentation of the results of the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department review panel. Both Drs. Vicotor Groza, and David Crampton from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences are on this review panel.

A review panel Wednesday called on the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department to improve the way it manages high-risk families, but it also put responsibility on the community and the next county government to keep children safer.

The panel appointed by Director Deborah Forkas issued 12 pages of recommendations, which deal in large part with beefing up services to combat threats to children from domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness.

The presentation to an audience of nonprofit social services providers contained criticisms that the agency has not done enough to address risks to children, such as engaging mental health and addiction experts in cases. But the event was also part pep rally to solicit help from outside the county bureaucracy.

"It's not about the department, it's not about Deborah Forkas," said David Crampton, the panel chairman and an associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University. "It's about all of us working together to protect our children."

"...For a complete list of recommendations, go to cfs.cuyahogacounty.us and click on "community task force."

Read the full Plain Dealer article here.

Dr. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

October 12, 2010

Cleveland shares its expertise at national conference here on reclaiming vacant properties

Volunteers clear vacant land for a community garden in Slavic Village earlier this year. The neighborhood will be part of a tour during a national conference here on reclaiming vacant properties.

A Plain Dealer article, discusses the national reclaiming vacant properties conference that is going on this week, and references the work that the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is doing in partnering with other local government and non-profit groups.

"Cleveland got clobbered early by the foreclosure crisis -- and has been trying to fight back with innovative strategies that will be showcased during a national conference here next week.

The conference -- Reclaiming Vacant Properties: The Intersection of Sustainability, Revitalization and Policy Reform -- runs Wednesday through Friday and is expected to draw about 900 people.

It is organized by the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit with offices in both Washington, D.C. and Flint, Mich. that works with communities to return vacant or abandoned property to productive use.

"We've seen a lot of progress in Cleveland -- particularly with the foreclosure crisis -- and people are paying attention to the strategies being implemented there," said Jennifer Leonard, the center's vice president.

Cleveland was hit early by the foreclosure crisis and been working on responses longer than many other communities. "We might be a year or two ahead in trying things that others are just starting to look at," said Frank Ford, NPI [Neighborhood Progress Incorporated]'s senior vice president for research and development....

The region has also benefited from collaborations among people in both the city and Cuyahoga County. "A lot of cities and counties haven't figured out ways to do that," Leonard said. Ford said the conference will highlight local initiatives such as the data system known as NEO CANDO, which was developed by Case Western Reserve University researchers and provides certain demographic, economic and property data online and for free.

Among other things, the system's information has been mined to trace a web of mortgage fraud and track the footprint of companies trading in distressed and foreclosed houses.

"It really is a model," Leonard said. "Many cities don't have the information they need to make smart decisions."

The full Plain Dealer article can be read here.

September 29, 2010

Plain Dealer: Census shows Cleveland is the second-poorest city in the United States

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A Cleveland Plain Dealer Article, "Census shows Cleveland is the second-poorest city in the United States," quotes Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences professor Claudia Coulton.

The article begins, "Hard times came to every corner of Northeast Ohio during a historic recession, as unemployment and its consequences rippled across the city and suburbs.

The hammer of despair landed hardest in Cleveland, where one out of every three people lived in poverty at the end of 2009, making Cleveland the second-poorest big city in America -- thank you, Detroit -- according to estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau."

The article continues, "...While much of the region's poverty is rooted in low education levels and high rates of single parenthood, the latest poverty spike is purely economic. This is unemployment poverty, said Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. And it's not over yet.

'We have not created jobs, not enough to get us out of this unemployment crisis,' she said."

September 27, 2010

REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, contributed to a Summit and to the joint publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named, "REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization." Resources for stabilizing communities are available off the summit's website.

"The foreclosure crisis that the nation continues to grapple with has led to scores of real-estate-owned, or REO, properties. These and other vacant properties erode the values of nearby houses, fracture neighborhood stability, and threaten to undo decades of economic progress made in communities across the country over the past 25 years. How big is the REO problem? How are communities, banks, and policymakers dealing with the challenge? Most important, what approaches are showing the most promise for success."

The Center's Chapter is titled" REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio." The full summit report PDF may be obtained here.


The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

September 25, 2010

Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says

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A Plain Dealer article, "Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says" by Harlan Spector says,

"The panel appointed by Department of Children and Family Services Director Deborah Forkas is expected to issue a long list of recommendations this month. But the chairman [Prof. David Crampton,] said there is a lack of urgency at the agency to address ongoing risks to children from parents' mental illness, addictions, domestic violence and other problems. "

"We clearly need some system after the department closes the case to make sure they (parents) stay on their medications and are getting mental health treatment," said Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

September 24, 2010

Cuyahoga County Early Childhood System Shines in National Report

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Cuyahoga County’s comprehensive early childhood system, Invest in Children, shines in a recently released report by The Urban Institute. In Using Data to Promote Collaboration in Local School Readiness Systems, researchers at the Urban Institute highlight Cuyahoga County as a key example of how to build a community-wide early childhood system to promote school readiness.

The report highlights that in order for children to be truly ready for school they must be supported by a system that includes ready families, ready pre-schools, ready schools and ready communities. “Invest in Children’s multi-faceted approach is forging just such a system”, says Dr. Rebekah Dorman, Invest in Children’s Director, and we are very proud to be recognized in this national publication.”

Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report concluded, “The collaboration in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland) has perhaps the most impressive record – the Invest in Children Initiative (IIC).” The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, co-directed by Case Western Reserve University faculty members Claudia Coulton and Rob Fischer, participated as a research partner in the study, which included Atlanta, Chattanooga, Denver, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, and Providence. The Center is the long-standing independent evaluator of Invest in Children. In late 2009, the Center released a report entitled Inform, Influence, Impact - The Role of Research in Supporting a Community’s Commitment to Its Children, documenting a decade of research by the Center in evaluating the efforts of Cuyahoga County’s work in the area of early childhood.

September 16, 2010

WCPN: Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing

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"Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing" is a radio new piece on WCPN quoted Prof Claudia Coulton, Co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences on Thursday, September 16, 2010 .

"The U-S Census Bureau released disturbing numbers about the national poverty picture today, while another economic indicator report also shows tough times still ahead for Northeast Ohio. Ideastream®'s Rick Jackson reports.

One of every seven Americans; more than 43 million people, now lives in poverty. Claudia Coulton of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CASE says the 14.3% figure is actually not surprising, due to the depth of this recession....

“This one is worse. It’s pushed us higher in poverty than we’ve been in a long time - as a nation - so it’s different than other recessions where a little bit of government spending and a little bit of loosening up of various government policies turn it around.”

Hear or read more of "Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing"

September 16, 2010

New workshop added to EBP Conference 2010 lineup

PresenterAisle5299702_125px.jpg"Workshop #F4 | Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities" has recently been added to the lineup of over 60 workshops at the Center for EBPs' Conference 2010, "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," which will take place on October 12, 13 and 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The new workshop takes place on Thursday, October 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The presenter is Phil DeVol, author, consultant, and trainer at "aha! Process, Inc." of Highlands, Texas, which has developed a method for helping people from all economic classes discover and share their ideas and models for solving the problem of poverty. Devol was a keynote speaker at our March 2009 Supported Employment Conference (click here). Learn more about this year's workshop and Confernece. Register online.

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September 15, 2010

Briefly Stated 10-02: Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape

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Briefly Stated 10-02: Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape: The Work of Catholic Sisters in Metropolitan Cleveland by Rob Fischer & Jenni Bartholomew has been released, and mailed to the community.

Download the report here.

Summary: Women religious play a vital role in many communities in addressing the needs of the poor, neglected, and vulnerable members of society. In the history of Northeast Ohio, Catholic nuns have been instrumental in the arenas of education, healthcare, outreach and advocacy.

In high poverty cities such as Cleveland, women religious continue to provide essential services, supports, and spiritual guidance in many venues. The experience in Cleveland is relevant to cities with an urban core where the population has shifted to suburban areas, leaving inner-city churches with declining membership and support.

In addition, this case example will show how proactive and collaborative efforts on the part of women religious can enhance the likelihood of effectively addressing community needs presently and in the future.

A summary presentation of the results for Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape: The Work of Catholic Sisters in Metropolitan Cleveland can be viewed here.

September 10, 2010

Prof. Crampton: Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: AECF's Family to Family Initiative

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On Tuesday, November 09, 2010, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., David Crampton, Ph.D. will give a talk titled, "Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family to Family Initiative"

Place: The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, room 115
A light lunch will be served. All are welcome.

Click here to view Dr. Crampton's profile in our experts database Prof. Crampton is a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work.

Schubert Conversations on Children in Research, Policy, and Practice are monthly seminars featuring cutting-edge research by CWRU faculty, with corresponding commentary by local professionals. These events stimulate an ongoing dialogue about child-related research, policy, and practice among faculty, students, policy experts, advocates, and professionals from Northeast Ohio.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is located at 11402 Bellflower Road on the CWRU campus.

Parking is available on nearby streets and at the Severance Hall or Botanic Garden parking garages. Visitors may not park on Hessler Court or at the lot reserved for L'Albatros or the Spartan Diner.

Handicapped parking is available - please call the Center at 216-368-2275 for details.

September 07, 2010

David Menke - artist

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Artist, David Menke, draws portraits. He uses a graphite pencil as his medium. He controls the subtle variations from light to dark to create texture and form in each portrait. The composition fits perfectly on a 18 x 24 inch piece of paper. Intentionally, the artist leaves part of the persons fore head off; this technique establishes the tension in his work. The subjects eyes are the focal point of each portrait. The eyes capture the individual’s personality and their intensity.

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September 02, 2010

Lauren Sammon : artist-photographer

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Lauren Sammon is an artist-photographer whose photographs demonstrate a typical day in Ugandan society. Sammon has documented people in Uganda engaging in their every day routines. As the viewer, you are drawn into the photos by the composition, the beautiful colors, and the daily activities of the people being photographed. View the striking photos and enjoy the cultural diversity of the Ugandan people.

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August 19, 2010

Doctoral Candidate Diwakar Vadapalli presented a paper in India, at two separate venues on collecting, analyzing, and using Social and Economic Indicators

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Doctoral Candidate Diwakar Vadapalli presented a paper in India, at two separate occasions on collecting, analyzing, and using Social and Economic Indicators, based on the Center on Urban Poverty’s NEO CANDO database model.

The paper: "Indicators, actionable data, and ‘model villages’: NEO CANDO as an example for similar systems in India" by Diwakar K. Vadapalli, and Claudia J. Coulton was presented at: The National Seminar on ‘Building of Model Villages through Panchayat Raj Institutions’ on 10th August, 2010 at The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India

The second presentation on this same research was titled, "Indicators, actionable data, and local decision-making: NEO CANDO as an example for similar systems in India" also presented by Diwakar K. Vadapalli on Aug 18, 2010 at the invitation of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India.

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August 18, 2010

Conference 2010 to explore EBPs, integrated primary health and behavioral health

Conference2010full_125p.jpgRegister online today! ... The annual conference of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices will take place on October 12, 13, and 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event, titled "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," features over 60 workshops and presentations by Carlo DiClemente, co-creator of "stages of change," Richard H. Dougherty of DMA Health Strategies, the Directors of Ohio's departments of health, mental health, addiction services, and rehabilitation services. ... Learn about integrating primary healthcare with behavioral healthcare and providing evidence-based practices (EBPs) and other emerging and best practices to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. CEUs are available.

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August 17, 2010

"Readiness Ruler" for motivational interviewing now available

readinessruler_125px.jpgGet the new "Readiness Ruler" from the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices to support your use of Motivational Interviewing (MI), the evidence-based treatment. MI is a conversational approach designed to help people discover their own interest in considering and/or making a change in their lives (e.g., diet, exercise, employment, managing symptoms of physical or mental illness, reducing and eliminating the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs). Use the Readiness Ruler—and related MI principles and practices—with the people you serve to help guide conversations about personal change.

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August 15, 2010

Plain Dealer Editorial: Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent

An Editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled, "Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent," by The Plain Dealer Editorial Board, discusses the task force review of the Cuyahoga County agency by a committee chaired by Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Prof. David Crampton.

Crampton emphasized that reviewing individual cases is not essential to the panel's main goal of reviewing systemic problems. Quoting from the article: "Task force chairman David Crampton, a respected child-welfare scholar and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, understandably bristles at the notion that he or other panelists are being manipulated into a bias in favor of Forkas or her department.

'My job is not to protect the job of a Deb Forkas; it is to have the best child-welfare system in the country,' Crampton says. 'I'm not doing this for any other reason than that.'

He adds that any best-practices review of child welfare won't dwell on a handful of tragedies but instead will take the widest-angled view possible of systemwide practices. "

The full editorial can be read here.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

August 13, 2010

Plain Dealer: Child-welfare agency won't release case files to review panel


An Article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled, "Child-welfare agency won't release case files to review panel," by Harlan Spector, discusses the task force review of the Cuyahoga County agency by a committee chaired by Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Prof. David Crampton.

Crampton emphasized that reviewing individual cases is not essential to the panel's main goal of reviewing systemic problems. Quoting from the article: "The task force is looking specifically at whether the county follows the safest practices when it returns children to their parents after taking temporary custody due to maltreatment." Crampton said: "We need information on a larger number of cases. We don't need to see case files, but we need to see system issues."

The full article can be read here.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

August 10, 2010

CWRU's THINK magazine: MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

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MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

"Before parents with young children buy a new home, they want to know the quality of the neighborhood public schools.

Mark Joseph, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, does too. He's examining how public schools have a role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods—especially neighborhoods where new mixed-income developments are being built.

He's particularly interested in housing under development in Chicago and other major cities with HOPE VI funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Joseph and Jessica Feldman from the University of Chicago report challenges facing these schools in the article, "Creating and Sustaining Successful Mixed-Income Communities: Conceptualizing the Role of Schools," which appeared in the journal Education and Urban Society.

In a prior study, Joseph found that the income groups do not always mix in these housing situations and many middle-class families do not have children. But schools can shake things up. According to Joseph, they are a critical component in linking middle-class families and lower-income families to the broader social and economic mainstream."


More of the THINK article, "MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods"

Click for more of Mark L. Joseph's research.


The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

August 10, 2010

CWRU's THINK magazine: Bouncing Back, Report documents foreclosure crisis and community response in Greater Cleveland.

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Bouncing Back: Report documents foreclosure crisis and community response in Greater Cleveland.

"The subprime mortgage crisis left tens of thousands of foreclosed homes in its wake, more than 10,000 in the Greater Cleveland area alone, according to a new report.

But new research from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Cleveland State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland does more than illuminate grim statistics-it also documents how community groups mobilized to respond to the crisis.

The study's co-authors, Claudia Coulton from Case Western Reserve and Kathy Hexter from Cleveland State University, say they hope sharing Cleveland's story can help other cities in their own struggles.

'Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Cleveland: What Happened and How Communities Are Responding' weaves together research from previous studies conducted by the poverty center, providing dozens of examples of community responses, ranging from government reform and legislation to counseling and prevention initiatives."


More of the THINK article, "Bouncing Back"

Get this report and others about the effects and size of Cleveland's Foreclosures crisis.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

August 09, 2010

Sandusky Register: Will Commissioner Cole help defeat another stereotype?

Professor Rob Fischer Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was quoted in the Sandusky Register article, "Will Commissioner Cole help defeat another stereotype?" by Jason Singer, regarding Commissioner Diedre Cole living in public housing within the City of Sandusky on whose council she will serve, when Commissioner Brett Fuqua resigns to take a position in Columbus.

Directly quoting the article, "Local residents say Diedre Cole is many things: A lightning rod, articulate, charismatic, opinionated.

She's also historic....Once she's sworn in, Cole may be the first person in state history to serve in an elected position while also living in public housing."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

July 26, 2010

NEO CANDO in Plain Dealer Article: Cuyahoga County Council District 8 Race

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A Cleveland Plain Dealer article, "Cuyahoga County Council District 8 voters have high hopes for new government" by Sandy Livingston uses data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development to help put the race for District 8's Council seat in perspective. This article reviews the general concerns of this ward and summarizes the experience and backgrounds of the candidates for the ward's counsel seat.

"Cuyahoga County Council District 8 is a microcosm of the region's assets and troubles.

Covering Cleveland Wards 2, 5 and 6 as well as Garfield Heights and Maple Heights, the district includes the Cleveland Clinic's main campus, eclectic shops and eateries along Larchmere Boulevard, Cuyahoga Community College, the Midtown business district, swaths of urban and inner-ring residential neighborhoods, and highway proximity that has drawn warehouse and distribution centers.

It is the county district with the second-lowest average household income, the second- highest poverty rate, the largest concentration of public housing, and -- according to data from Case Western Reserve University [from NEO CANDO]-- the highest numbers of new foreclosure filings in recent years."


NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, which is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University. NEO CANDO allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within Cleveland.

July 21, 2010

WKYC: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment

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As reported by WKYC Channel 3, foreclosures in Cuyahoga County have risen by more than 12% than the first half of 2009. The report uses data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) that shows 7,440 foreclosure actions were filed through May while only 6,604 were filed in the first six months of the previous year.

Foreclosure counselors, including Tom Tusuksri of the Cleveland Housing Network, cite that unemployment and underemployment are a cause in the recent upswing in homeowners being unable to cover their mortgages in Cuyahoga County.

Read the full article "Cuyahoga County: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment" on WKYC.com and watch the televisized segment which aired on June 20, 2010.

Please note, the information obtained by WKYC was not, as is stated in the article, from a survey conducted by the Poverty Center but from data publicly shared in NEO CANDO.

July 19, 2010

NEO CANDO: Foreclosure filings increase in Cuyahoga County during first half of the year

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A Plain Dealer Article "Foreclosure filings increase in Cuyahoga County during first half of the year" by reporter Sandra Livingston draws on data from the Center on Urban Poverty's NEO CANDO, social, economic, and property data system.

"New foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County rose more than 12 percent during the first six months of this year, with the suburbs continuing to feel the brunt of the increases.

Residential and commercial foreclosure filings hit 7,440 in the first half of the year compared to 6,604 in the same period last year, according to data compiled by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

July 15, 2010

The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission displays County Council District Social and Economic profiles using NEO CANDO data.

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The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission displays Cuyahoga County Council District Social and Economic profiles using NEO CANDO data.


"Cuyahoga County Council Districts Social and Economic Profiles

The new Cuyahoga County charter created a county executive-county council form of government. Residents in each of the 11 geographic districts will elect a representative to serve on the county council. As part of the transition to the new structure, we are providing the maps and statistics below to better inform constituents and candidates.

Please visit the Transition Advisory Group for more information about the changes in county government."

These profiles contain:
"A selection of demographic indicators for Cuyahoga County's new council districts

* Population
* Age
* Persons and Poverty
* Families and Poverty
* Household Income
* Household Income by Source
* Education
* Public Assistance
* Foreclosures"

NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, which is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University. NEO CANDO allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within Cleveland.

July 12, 2010

Linda Ayala - artist

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The creative imaginative collage of animal portraits by local artist, Linda Ayala, are on exhibit at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. My first impression of the work was that it was playful, original, and fun.

Linda attended Cleveland State University and received a Bachelor’s of Art degree. Nature, history, music, and culture are just a few of the many things she enjoys. Linda states, “when I am ready to create an image or a concept, I decide how it should be realized, whether in drawing, collage, clay, recycled materials, or in fabric. Exploring a new medium is just as much fun as exploring different subject matters.”

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July 09, 2010

Prof Chupp: The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at CWRU.

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The 2010 Regionally Speaking SJA/I series leaders

The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at Case Western Reserve. SJA/I is working toward equal access to opportunity for all people through understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice while developing innovative solutions. A few blocks from Case Western Reserve is the municipality of East Cleveland. An integral part of the SJA/I is the Collaborative Research Project and its impact on the community. Campus members are invited to join in on the conversation with the SJA/I leaders, Rhonda Williams, the program's director and associate professor of history; Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; and Mark Chupp, project director and assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, to learn about goals and implementation plans. Regionally Speaking, a virtual symposium, is hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium. Listen online.

July 07, 2010

Rock Around Cleveland - The Jewish Family Service Association

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The Jewish Family Service Association, Ascentia Art Therapy Exhibit “Rock Around Cleveland”, is extremely colorful and striking. This incredible exhibit of works is done by clients that struggle with mental health issues on a daily basis. Through the creative process, they begin to explore their own lives and sense of self.

Rock-and-roll has had a cultural impact on our society. Through the music, the clients have brought their personal self-expressions into their work. Their styles range from abstract to realistic as do their techniques and materials used. Their unique talents make this an awesome group exhibit.

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July 02, 2010

Briefly Stated: 10-01 "Service Learning in Community Development: Partnering with East Cleveland" by David G. Harris & Mark G. Chupp

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Briefly Stated no. 10-01, "Service Learning in Community Development: Partnering with East Cleveland" by David G. Harris & Mark G. Chupp has been released. Electronic copies are available here, and hard copies will be shared with partners in the community.

Summary:
Residents of East Cleveland are fighting to improve the quality of pubic education and access to vocational opportunities. “White flight,” economic disinvestment, and ineffective political leadership have led to the disadvantages faced by East Cleveland (Kathi & Cooper, 2005). Nearly 1,200 vacant structures blight their 3.1 square mile landscape. Case Western Reserve University recognizes the potential roles that they can serve in aiding neighboring East Cleveland into becoming a desirable place to call home.

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences students joined residents and firefighters to survey every vacant property in the City. Students utilized their experiences with conducting the survey, and through additional fieldwork, recommended strategies for the impact of vacant housing on topics like workforce development, education, safe streets and neighborhoods, and the senior population.

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This research, aided in part by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University serves as the basis for a partnership for the revitalization of East Cleveland with contributions from students, faculty, and the university who are collaborating with residents, community organizations, and the City of East Cleveland.

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July 01, 2010

NEO CANDO data used for Federal Reserve Bank "Report No. 2010-2 Foreclosures on Non-Owner-Occupied Properties in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County: Evidence from Mortgages Originated in 2005–2006"

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Richard M. Todd, Vice President of Community Affairs of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has completed a short paper, "Report No. 2010-2 Foreclosures on Non-Owner-Occupied Properties in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County: Evidence from Mortgages Originated in 2005–2006," using data on non-owner-occupied properties in Cuyahoga County which was obtained from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

"Abstract: One aspect of the past decade's housing boom was an increase in mortgage borrowing by non-occupant owners of residential property. Using data on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Breck Robinson and Richard M. Todd summarize some of the basic facts regarding home purchases and mortgage borrowing and default by non-occupants who borrowed from 2004 to 2007[in the longer national focused paper linked below].

However, partly due to data limitations, few studies have examined home buying, borrowing, and mortgage default by non-occupant owners using detailed neighborhood and demographic data, including census tract data on the race and ethnicity of the non-occupant owners who borrowed and subsequently experienced foreclosure.

I do so here, using results from loan and foreclosure data on Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that were compiled by researchers at Case Western Reserve University for loans originated in 2005–2006. I find that the incidence of non-occupant foreclosures in Cuyahoga County was very high by national standards and was even higher for loans to minority borrowers made by non-local lenders in low-cost, low-income, minority neighborhoods...."

The more complete national analysis of non-occupant mortgages and foreclosures is titled, "No. 10-11 The Role of Non-Owner-Occupied Homes in the Current Housing and Foreclosure Cycle," by Breck L. Robinson and Richard M. Todd. There, Center data was used to validate another dataset.

June 30, 2010

New report from CWRU, CSU the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, documents foreclosure crisis and community responses in Greater Cleveland

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A new report from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Cleveland State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, documents the foreclosure crisis and community responses in Greater Cleveland.

The new report "Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Greater Cleveland: What happened and How Communities Are Responding," weaves together updated research from Pathways to Foreclosure, Foreclosure and Beyond, and Beyond REO with over a dozen examples of community responses to the foreclosure crisis that range from government reform and legislation to counseling and prevention initiatives.

The report finds that in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, subprime mortgages, in some sections of the city and suburbs, rapidly supplanted conventional loans as the primary product for home purchases and refinances. By 2005, more than 10,000 foreclosures were filed on residential properties in a single year. A growing number of properties entered prolonged periods of vacancy, stuck either in the foreclosure process or in REO—real-estate portfolios of mortgage companies and servicers.

Untended properties deteriorated and were vandalized. The value of housing stock plummeted, leading speculators to buy REO properties in some neighborhoods in bulk and for pennies on the dollar. Neighborhoods with large African-American populations were particularly hard hit by foreclosures and the negative spillover effects.

But Greater Cleveland did not sit idly by; this report also documents our response. Local governments, non-profit organizations, and community groups mobilized to educate potential home buyers, prevent foreclosures, and rehabilitate vacant properties. They have coordinated their efforts and responded strategically, using data to drive their actions. In addition, groups have worked to mediate issues on-the-ground and at the policy level, working to prevent this crisis from ever happening again.

Download the "Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Greater Cleveland: What happened and How Communities Are Responding" report

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June 29, 2010

Poverty Center's Mike Schramm on UCSUR Radio, talking with 3 national experts about the value & use of Neighborhood Information Systems.

June 28, 2010

Cyleste Collins's research mentioned in The Plain Dealer's "Counting Cleveland's citizens"

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Professor Cyleste Collins's, Poverty Center's research was mentioned in an article about population estimates for Cleveland for the 2010 census results, in The Plain Dealer's "Counting Cleveland's citizens," by Mark Salling and Ellen Cyran

The article suggests that the population of Cleveland will not be under the 350,000 mark as some people are predicting, and gives some supporting rationale for this.

"...But where are families that lost their homes? [Cuyahoga] County records show that foreclosure filings in Cleveland are around 7,300 per year. Speculation includes that they are moving: (1) away from the city; (2) in with relatives or friends; and (3) into rental units.

Data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show that rental vacancy rates are down, and researchers at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University found evidence of doubling-up with other families. We can hope that the 2010 census will also find that population."

This research refers to the White paper and the Briefly Stated No. 09-03, April 2009 titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" authored by Profs. Cyleste Collins, and Claudia Coulton, and by PHD candidate Seok-Joo Kim

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

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June 23, 2010

University Circle's "Lifelong Learning" website features MSASS Phd Student Diwakar Vadapalli

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University Circle's new website contains a section called, "I found my education in University Circle."

This website features a video of Diwakar, in the Center on Urban Poverty, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western University, and around University Circle speaking about his love of the area and his enjoyment of the richness of the region.

"Diwakar Vadapalli is a Case Western Reserve University PhD student and teaching assistant at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. His research and work at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has been enriched by studying in Cleveland's cultural mecca. Originally from Srikakulam, India and having spent time in places as far apart as Kansas and Alaska, he now lives in downtown Cleveland with his wife, Manjula, and commutes to the Circle on the HealthLine everyday."

June 23, 2010

WRUW's Regionally Speaking covering the Living Through Legacies Project

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Regionally Speaking:
Every Monday at 1:30PM on WRUW-FM 91.1
June 21, 2010
Listen to this radio program online here: Coming Together through Stories

The Living Through Legacies Project brings together older citizens from McGregor Home in East Cleveland with students from Case Western Reserve University.

Generations come together and the histories of the seniors are recorded. This week Regionally Speaking's Gladys Haddad brings together the director of the program David Harris, along with a interviewer and interviewee who participated in the Living Through Legacies Project.

Director David Harris, MSSA, was a recent Community Development intern at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development during the time he started the program, and is also a recent Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences graduate.

June 09, 2010

NEOCANDO partner: Pitt's Interactive Database of Neighborhood Conditions and Stats Gaining Traction in Revitalizing Pittsburgh

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Case Western Reserve University's, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (CUPCD) is partnered with the University of Pittsburgh's Interactive Database of Neighborhood Conditions and Stats called Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System (PNCIS) through the National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership (NNIP).

Pitt's Interactive Database of Neighborhood Conditions and Stats is gaining traction in revitalizing Pittsburgh citizens, community organizers, and city planners who use Pitt's online Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System. Researchers from NNIP including Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences' Mike Schramm, will discuss its value in reducing blight, expanding services, and renewing communities at inaugural users conference June 11, 2009.

"Mike Schramm from Case Western Reserve University's Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development will recount how Case Western's data system [NEO CANDO] was used to reduce foreclosures and help to stabilize communities affected by the 2009 foreclosure crisis in the Cleveland area." at this conference.

Also speaking are:

Kathy Pettit, codirector of the Washington D.C.-based Urban Institute's National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, will discuss innovative uses of community information systems across the nation and their role in neighborhood development

and,

Robert Renner from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research will talk about the growing role of research at HUD, new neighborhood revitalization programs, and the implications for local communities and neighborhood information systems.

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June 03, 2010

"Predicting what the Census will show us," The News-Herald, May 29, 2010

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Dr. Claudia Coulton, is quoted in the Lake County, News Herald article ""Predicting what the Census will show us," regarding her predictions of demographic changes that the 2010 Census results may show. The article discusses planning with Lake County Planning Commission Director Jason Boyd, and has emphasis on anticipated changes in demographics of Lake County.

In part the article states, "Claudia Coulton is co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

The organization's research and study encompasses 17 counties, including Lake and Geauga.

Coulton believes the Census data will show the region's poverty rate increased from 2000.

'But I think the geographical location of people will have shifted,' she said.

Coulton explained that many poor and middle-income families have moved from inner Cleveland to the suburbs or even out of Cuyahoga County.

Some families also may have chosen to double up with other families, she added. Read the complete article here."

For information on recent research of doubled up families in Cuyahoga County please check here: doubled up homelessness.

Claudia J. Coulton is Co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Coulton's work can be obtained here.

May 26, 2010

Harlem Children's Zone in New York City offers hope in helping families heal - Plain Dealer

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An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, discussing The Harlem Children's Zone project and Cleveland's bid for Federal Promise Neighborhood funding to replicate it, quotes David Miller Phd.

The article begins, "What can be done to help families heal and move beyond generations of broken homes, neglect and embedded poverty?

It's a tough problem to tackle -- and an expensive one.

The acclaimed Harlem Children's Zone project in New York City spends $40 million a year to wrap low-income families in a blanket of services, including day care and schools, health care, counseling and job training. During his campaign, President Barack Obama hailed the concept as the future for erasing urban poverty...." Read More.

"We need to intervene and intercept" youths before they follow the wrong role model, said David Miller, a Case Western Reserve University professor who developed an "Urban Hassles Index" to draw attention to constant stress faced by urban youths."

David B. Miller is an Associate Professor, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Miller's work can be obtained here.

May 25, 2010

Take a deep look at the issues that plague Cuyahoga County's Children and Family Services Department: Plain Dealer editorial

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A Plain Dealer editorial urges a deeper look at the challenges faced by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services as "an insider panel of well-regarded experts" begins meeting to advise the county on improving child welfare practices.

A Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty member, David Crampton is chairing the committee on which this editorial comments.

The editorial states: "The chair of the current reform panel, David Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, came aboard at the invitation of Deborah Forkas, the beleaguered director of children's services. He is concerned about what he sees as a tight July deadline to identify the department's weaknesses and recommend improvements."

Dr. Crampton commented on recent child welfare-related tragic events on WCPN's Sound of Ideas, "Decreasing Child Abuse," Friday, February 26, 2010 here, and in the Plain Dealer Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children — a Letter to the editor of The Plain Dealer, on March 8, 2010.

David Crampton is also a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. More about Dr. Crampton's work can be obtained here.

May 24, 2010

Sons of Imperial Avenue victims in Cleveland vow to end cycle of neglect-Cleveland.com

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An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which interviews four sons of the alleged victims of Anthony Sowel, quotes David Miller Phd.

The article states, "All four say the cycle of neglect will stop with them," speaking about the neglect that each of them experienced from his parents, and of his dedication to changing that pattern.

"Out of this horrible mess and madness, these men are saying, 'We want to take what we've learned and put it to use so that our children will not have to experience anything like this,' " said David Miller, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

They will need a lot of help to shelter their children from poverty, drugs and crime, added Miller, who believes Cleveland's leaders, especially policymakers and pastors, should work harder to regenerate families. "

David B. Miller is an Associate Professor, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Miller's work can be obtained here.

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May 20, 2010

Living Through Legacies: Preserving Histories

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Families often think about recording the great stories their elders tell, but they often don’t manage to get written. Then family memories are lost due to illness or death.

For 12 older citizens from the McGregor Home in East Cleveland and the Fairfax Neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side, their histories have been preserved by the Living through Legacies project in hardcover books for families to cherish from one generation to the next.

These individuals became the focus of Case Western Reserve University social work student David Harris, who graduated on Sunday. He published the individual biographies with support from the McGregor Foundation grant.

Nineteen CWRU students aided Harris in producing the memoirs by interviewing, recording the oral histories, writing text and collecting photographs and other materials. Twelve undergraduates used the experience as a service learning project or coursework, while seven graduate students used it as part of their fieldwork for the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Please read original post in The Daily or continue below.

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May 10, 2010

New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

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Dr. Claudia Coulton, professor and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article "New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio" on the problems of urban flight of households with children.

"'White flight' described the rush of white families to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s. By the 1980s, observers talked of "middle-class flight" to reflect black residents who had joined the tide. A new pattern may demand a new label. Research shows that an exodus of moms and dads of all races and income levels -- family flight -- is reshaping Cleveland and its region."

"This is definitely not trivial," said Dr. Coulton. "I think we're losing households with children and we're losing children, period... Both middle-class and low-income families are leaving the city. And parents tend to leave because they're trying to get a better future for their children."

Read the entire article at Cleveland.com.

May 03, 2010

Booklet for medical professionals, a practical guide to Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment

iddtmedicalprof-resources_125px.jpgA highlight from our IDDT resources & tools. This eight-page booklet is designed for medical professionals who want to improve their clinical relationships with and, thus, outcomes for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It is written for psychiatrists, physicians of internal medicine and family practice, nurses, and other physicians who provide treatment to this population (e.g., obstetrics and gynecology, neurology). The booklet is a quick introduction to the principles and practices of IDDT. It includes recommendations for prescribing medications for both disorders. Printed copies and a free PDF are available.

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April 27, 2010

Neighborhoods Matter in Shaping Lives, Researcher Says

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Having grown up in poverty and lived in substandard housing has brought sensitivity to Anna Maria Santiago's social work research about how people live and how place affects their lives.

The Case Western Reserve University campus recently met Santiago, the inaugural holder of the Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professorship in Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, during a special reception.

Currently on the faculty at Wayne State University, Santiago will officially start at CWRU on July 1. Her arrival will build on the social work school's strength in neighborhood research by faculty members Mark Chupp, Claudia Coulton, Rob Fischer, Mark Joseph, Sharon Milligan and others from the Center on Poverty and Community Development.

"Place matters," Santiago says. "Where one lives has a tremendous influence on the resources available to the individual."

It's a finding emerging from her research with hundreds of families in public housing and who are raising thousands of children in Denver.

Schools, grocery stores, police protection, medical facilities and libraries are the kinds of resources not equally distributed among neighborhoods, Santiago said.

It was those kinds of resources—and in particular access to training in music and the arts in Milwaukee with progressive social services and neighborhood programs—and her mother's value of education, Santiago attributes to her success.

"I would not be where I am today," she said, noting that the opportunity to master the oboe earned her a college scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She later changed her major to geography in the social sciences, with a specialization in the Caribbean and Latin America.

After working as a social worker in her old neighborhood in Milwaukee, she went on to earn a PhD in urban social institutions from UW Milwaukee.

Santiago is the lead investigator on two major projects that involve families and children from the Denver Housing Authority: "Not Just Buying a Home: The Effects of Participation in Homeownership Programs On Building Human, Financial and Social Capital Assets of Subsidized Housing Residents and their Children," funded by The Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and "Magnitudes and Mechanisms of Neighborhood Impacts on Children: Analyzing a Natural Experiment in Denver," supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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April 25, 2010

Recovery stories highlight challenges, triumphs, positive outcomes of personal journies, evidence-based practices

RecoveryStories_125p.jpgWe've added a new "Recovery Stories" section on the web site of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This evolving collection of stories highlights the positive outcomes of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and other services for people diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. The stories are told by consumers, family members, and other supporters of recovery, such as employers and direct-service providers. They discuss openly the challenges and triumphs of recovery, as well as insights gained along the way. We encourage you to share these story widely.

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April 23, 2010

Portraits of Homelessness

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Lecture and Reception - May 6
5-7 p.m., Third Floor Atrium,
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Exhibit Dates: May 6 - June 20, 2010

Lydia Bailey’s Portraits of Homelessness exhibit features 40 photographs and stories of the residents served by the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Homeless Shelter. Run by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, the shelter is the largest in Ohio and serves more than 3,000 men each year.

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April 08, 2010

Continuing-education workshops at Mandel School explore supervision, trauma, addiction, mental health, much more

ContinuingEducation_125px.jpgAre you looking to expand your knowledge and skills and earn some continuing-education credits? The Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case Western Reserve University sponsors a vareity of workshops. We've included a sample of a few that they thought might be of interest to you. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) is an initiative of the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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April 06, 2010

MSASS Professor a leader in conflict mediation

wallacegingerich3.jpg The next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session will focus on "Faculty Mediation." Wallace J. Gingerich, a professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will describe the new conflict and mediation program for faculty members.

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March 30, 2010

Medical professionals to get practical strategies for supporting tobacco recovery among people with mental illess, substance use disorders

womandoctor_125px.jpgA free video-conference training event for psychiatrists, primary-care physicians, other physicians, and nurses will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at multiple sites throughout Ohio. Learn how to advance tobacco cessation and recovery in primary-healthcare and behavioral-healthcare settings for people diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. People with severe mental illness are among the heaviest users of tobacco. Learn different treatment approaches to help consumers improve their health and well-being. A special emphasis will be placed upon pharmacological interventions. Social workers, counselors, and addictions counselors are encourage to attend.


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March 25, 2010

NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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In this Update:

  • New and Updated Geographies
  • 2009 Quarter 4 USPS Vacancy Data
  • January 2010 Public Assistance Data

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  • March 24, 2010

    Poverty Center helps with baseline research in Case Connection Zone pilot research project

    Internet Coverage Map for Area Around Case Western

    Case Western Reserve Project Aims to Provide Thousands with Broadband Access

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    The Federal Communications Commission’s new National Broadband Plan calls for connecting more Americans to broadband Internet access as a way of improving U.S. society and transforming industry.

    Case Western Reserve University is already doing its part to help a major segment of the Cleveland population through its new Case Connection Zone pilot research project, designed to provide broadband access to local residents and Case Western Reserve students who call the neighborhoods surrounding campus home.

    The project, announced late last fall, is moving full speed ahead with dozens of neighborhood residents now signed up for the pilot phase.

    Research from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences suggests that a large number of households in communities surrounding the university do not have Internet access. The Case Connection Zone pilot project aims to close the gap.

    The project is more than just an opportunity for residents to log onto the Internet for leisure. According to Case Western Reserve officials leading the initiative, the program has software in place to meet specific metrics and goals such as contributing to neighborhood and public safety; increasing completion rates of high school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects; monitoring and identifying chronic health conditions for increases in wellness education; and increasing knowledge of and participation in household and neighborhood energy education and management.

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    March 19, 2010

    Bridget Ginley - Artist

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    Bridget Ginley's art work interplay with the elements of her daily existence. She is a painter, printmaker, and mixed-media visual artist. Shapes, color, form, and balance emerge from the work; they are playful and purposeful. She works with oils, watercolors, graphite, and found materials. Ripping and sanding her works until the image appears as she wants.

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    March 16, 2010

    Bruno Casiano - artist

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    Bruno Casiano contemporary abstracts are currently on display at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, on the first floor. Vivid colors, shapes, and surface texture explode on his canvases. He was recently (December 2009 – February 2010) in a juried art exhibit in The National Exhibition in San Juan Puerto Rico. He has also exhibited his paintings in other North East Ohio galleries.

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    March 16, 2010

    Tobacco-prevention advocacy set for March 17 to preserve funding for Ohio’s cessation programs, including those for people with severe mental illness

    ManSmoking6182374_125p.jpgThe Center for EBPs is participating in "Investing in Tobacco-Free Youth Advocacy Day 2010" on Wednesday, March 17 at the Riffe Center in Columbus. The event is designed to convince policymakers in Ohio to preserve funding for all tobacco-prevention and cessation initiatives in the state, including TRAC, a tobacco-recovery model designed by the Center for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Funding for Ohio's tobacco-control programs is scheduled to end on June 30. Tobacco-prevention advocates are pushing for a tax correction on non-cigarette forms of tobacco as a source of funding for cessation programs.

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    March 15, 2010

    Prof. Coulton: Housingpolicy.org's Podcast "Neighborhood Stabilization" is Re-released

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    Housingpolicy.org has re-released the Podcast "Neighborhood Stabilization" featuring Prof Claudia Coulton, Originally Released in December 2008.

    In this month's podcast," Housingpolicy.org hears from Claudia Coulton, Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development operates a comprehensive database, North East Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO), providing public access to neighborhood indicators and property information for the entire region. In this podcast, Coulton discusses how the data collected through NEO CANDO are helping to shape foreclosure prevention and intervention policies in Cleveland.

    This podcast is available through iTunes here.

    The Center changed its name from the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change in September of 2006, but the podcast's official naming and summary on iTunes, and HousingPolicy.org use the previous name. The above summary closely paraphrases this description.

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    March 12, 2010

    Poverty Center in Sun News: 2010 Census count can mean millions in funding for Lakewood

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    2010 Census count can mean millions in funding for Lakewood
    By Kate Spirgen, Sun News

    "LAKEWOOD - Census forms are beginning to appear in mailboxes all over the country, waiting for residents to answer 10 questions that can mean millions of dollars for the city. The 2010 survey will determine funding for some of Lakewood’s most vital services such as street repairs, human services, student programming and emergency assistance to those in need.

    With a population of more than 50,000, Lakewood qualifies for Community Block Development Grants, Title 1 school funds and entitlement status from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, that income could disappear in the next few years as the city’s population falls.

    Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development estimates that the city’s total population was 50,704 in 2008, down about 6,000 since the 2000 census."

    The complete article can be read here.

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    March 08, 2010

    Prof. Crampton: "Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children," March 08, 2010


    Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children — a Letter to the editor of
    The Plain Dealer, on March 8, 2010.

    David Crampton, associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, writes a letter to the editor of the Plain Dealer about newspaper coverage focusing on recent child neglect cases.

    March 05, 2010

    Mark Joseph on CBC Radio: "Learning From Mixed Income Housing Projects In The States"

    Prof. Mark Joseph, Faculty Associate of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, and Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University was interviewed by Steven Webb for the show Information Saint John on Radio One, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    The broadcast titled, "Learning From Mixed Income Housing Projects In The States" aired on March 4th, and the podcast can be found here. The program draws on Prof. Joseph's five-year research on residents of mixed income housing developments in Chicago, Illinois, and applies it to possible mixed-income projects in Saint John's Crescent Valley.

    March 04, 2010

    Research To Practice Seminar Series: “The Data Difference – Using Evaluation Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Early Childhood” - March 4th, 2010


    The inaugural Research To Practice Seminar Series titled, “The Data Difference – Using Evaluation Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Early Childhood” - was held on March 4th, 2010 at the Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations Co-Sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Office of Research & Training, the MSASS Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, & the Schubert Center for Child Studies.

    The Panelists were:
    Claudia Coulton, Ph.D., Lillian Harris Professor and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Rob Fischer, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

    Rebekah Dorman, Ph.D., Director, Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County

    Robert Staib, MSSA, Associate Director, Office of Early hildhood/Invest in Children, Cuyahoga County

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    March 03, 2010

    Lung Association advocate Shelly Kiser shares story of Allena, whose recovery from mental illness was cut short by smoking, cancer

    ShellyKeiser_125px.jpgSometimes it takes a personal tragedy to inspire the kind of advocacy that is necessary for significant, widespread change. This is one reason why Shelly Kiser is so passionate about efforts in Ohio to bring tobacco-recovery and cessation services to people with severe mental illness. Her sister-in-law, Allena, who lived with schizophrenia, died of cancer at age 43. She had smoked cigarettes most of her life. Kiser is a member of the advisory committee for the Center for EBPs' "Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum" (TRAC) initiative, a service model for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

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    March 02, 2010

    Social Service Review Publication by Lim, Coulton, Lalich: "State TANF Policies and Employment Outcomes among Welfare Leavers"



    "State TANF Policies and Employment Outcomes among Welfare Leavers," by Younghee Lim, Claudia J. Coulton, and Nina Lalich

    Social Service Review December 2009, Vol. 83, No. 4: 525-555. DOI: 10.1086/650532 is available here.

    This study examines the influence of state welfare policies on employment outcomes of women leaving welfare during the initial period of welfare reform implementation. The study finds that the stringency of work requirements is likely to increase employment among later welfare leavers, but neither the leniency nor stringency of work requirements is related to employment among early welfare leavers. The study finds that lenient work requirements are found to increase the probability that welfare leavers’ first jobs off welfare carry employer-provided health insurance.

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    March 02, 2010

    Prof. Crampton: on WCPN "Decreasing Child Abuse" on February 26, 2010

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    Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Faculty Associate, and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Associate Professor David Crampton participated in a panel discussion of ways to prevent child abuse.

    The Sound of Ideas® "Decreasing Child Abuse" for Friday, February 26, 2010

    The brief description of the subject mater was described on the website as, "The arrest of two local mothers for allegedly murdering their young children raises the question: Is enough being done to prevent child abuse?"

    Professor Crampton emphasized the importance of prevention efforts such as Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children Initiative Once families do become involved in child welfare services, Professor Crampton suggested there is a need for community support as well as government support.

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    February 26, 2010

    Prof. Collins on WCPN, Doubled-Up in Northeast Ohio Friday, February 26, 2010

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    A WCPN radio article Doubled-Up in Northeast Ohio, on Friday, February 26, 2010, cites part of a longer interview with Prof. Cyleste Collins of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development regarding the number of doubled-up homeless families in Cuyahoga County.

    This article, in part refers to her white paper on the topic and its policy brief summary, "Briefly Stated No. 09-03, Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" which was released in July of 2009. A brief description of this work can be found here.

    A brief radio article, also on WCPN, referencing this white paper was previously released and can be read or heard here.

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    February 16, 2010

    East Cleveland Partnership Article with Prof. Mark Chupp, and Center on Urban Poverty.


    A front-page, Sunday Plain Dealer article, "New Mayor Gary Norton hopes to bring big changes to struggling East Cleveland" on February 14, 2010, discusses planned changes in East Cleveland using the federal stimulus community development block grant funding for vacant and foreclosed properties and the efforts of the new Mayor, Gary Norton, to revive the city.

    The article discusses a kick-off introduction event, hosted by the Social Justice Alliance, and organized by Professor Mark Chupp of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, during which Mayor Gary Norton took interested leaders on a tour of the city and discussed economic revitalization plans for specific neighborhoods and his economic development vision for the community.

    The East Cleveland planning partnership and coalitions are being built include the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences(MSASS), Case Western Reserve University, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS as a data partner, and other organizations. Maps of the planned area for economic development and also of foreclosed, vacant or abandoned houses in the city were provided for the tour by the Center.

    The full article may be read here.

    The full Case Daily article may be read here.

    For a Case video on the partnership click here.

    February 10, 2010

    CUPCD: "Cleveland sees big drop in foreclosure filings" in the SUN POST-HERALD

    Cleveland sees big drop in foreclosure filings By Ken Prendergast February 05, 2010, 6:22PM

    "CLEVELAND While the number of property foreclosure filings increased in Cuyahoga County last year, they fell dramatically in one city.

    Cleveland saw its foreclosure filings drop nearly 20 percent in 2009, according to data compiled by Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

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    February 10, 2010

    NEOCANDO: "OPPORTUNITY OR OPPORTUNISM?" in Cleveland Scene

    An article in the Cleveland Scene:

    OPPORTUNITY OR OPPORTUNISM: East-side residents wary of "Opportunity Corridor" proposal by DAMIAN GUEVARA

    This article uses census figures from NEO CANDO for context about about a neighborhood through which the proposed "Opportunity Corridor" road would, "connect the end of interstates 77 and 490 (at East 55th Street) to East 105th Street and the University Circle district."

    The article start, "Opportunity fled Emma Barnes' Kinsman neighborhood decades ago, along with the white people who flew to the suburbs and the industry that closed up shop (but conveniently forgot to take its toxic waste). Kinsman earned the bleak tag of "Forgotten Triangle." Barnes, 79, has lived among the neglect all her life, but local government and big business want to assure her that prosperity is on the way."

    Read the full article here.

    February 05, 2010

    NEOCANDO: Lorain Co. Sees Foreclosures Spike

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    The Associate Director for Community Information at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Michael Schramm, was quoted on WCPN's article, "Lorain Co. Sees Foreclosures Spike."

    In Summary the article says, "Lorain County officials this week reported a record high number of mortgage foreclosure filings in 2009, following a pattern being seen regionally. ideastream®'s Rick Jackson looks at the meaning behind the increases.

    Lorain County saw mortgage foreclosure filings jump 30 percent in 2009 over 2008 - more percentage-wise than in Cuyahoga County, where filings were up 20 percent."

    The article can be heard or viewed here.

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    February 03, 2010

    East Cleveland and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences community development partnership featured on Case Youtube

    A short video about the East Cleveland Partnership initiated by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is featured in this Case Youtube video with MSASS Professor Mark Chupp, an advocate for university-community partnerships for neighborhood revitalization. Michelle Felder, an East Cleveland resident, is also featured.

    "East Cleveland is not a dying city. There are people here who are committed in the long term to making this a great place. Our students and we, as faculty, designed a survey project to survey every vacant property in the city of East Cleveland. The goal was to determine which houses are suitable for rehab and which houses need to be demolished, because federal funds are designated for demolition and rehab. One of the things that I believe is possible through this East Cleveland Community Partnership is really the revitalization of East Cleveland so that it becomes a destination for people wanting to work in East Cleveland but it also becomes a safer, revitalized place for people who live here." said Professor Chupp.

    The students' data has been collated, matched and mapped down to a parcel level through the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development using GIS mapping techniques. This survey data and the maps generated have been presented to the City to help inform the discussion between the administration and the citizens for planning the use of the federal stimulus funding.

    "I love the neighborhood. I love the community...Its a community of people who work, who love their neighborhood....If you look down most of the streets its a beautiful place," said Michelle Felder.

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    February 01, 2010

    Plain Dealer: New foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County remain high and advance in the suburbs


    A front page Plain Dealer article cites the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO economic, social, and properties indicators database's numbers regarding the foreclosures in Cuyahoga County in the last four years:2006-2009.

    "Foreclosure filings clobbered Cuyahoga County again in 2009, and the economic misery is spreading deeper into the suburbs.... The county saw nearly 14,800 new foreclosure filings last year -- a number virtually unchanged from 2008."

    "'If this is the new norm, it's all bad news,' said Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis....And he takes no solace from the fact that total filings last year were almost unchanged from the year before. 'Flat at such a really high number . . .I still think speaks to an almost cataclysmic state of affairs,' Rokakis said."

    The article brings attention to the movement of the foreclosure problem from the city of Cleveland proper out to the suburbs even though the relative numbers for the whole of Cuyahoga County have remained steady.

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    February 01, 2010

    WCPN: Owner of Exploded House on W. 83rd Lives in California

    "The residents of West 83rd street were shaken from their daily routines last Monday when an abandoned house on their street exploded, leaving 6 families homeless and 57 other buildings badly damaged. As it turns out, the owner of the house --- a real estate company --- is based hundreds of miles away in California, barely aware of what’s happening to the Cleveland property. ideastream®’s Ida Lieszkovszky has this update."

    An interview with the Cuyahoga County Treasurer, Jim Rokakis regarding the absentee owner of the house that exploded on West 83rd street, cites The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's studies and NEO CANDO neighborhood and property database, as well as Neighborhood Progress Incorporated's data:


    "Rokakis: There are dozens of companies like EZ Access. We estimate, and these are studies done by the folks and NEO CANDO and NPI that at least 80 % of properties that have been foreclosed, we’re talking thousands, have already been dumped by the major players to companies that buy these props in bulk."

    The full article can be read or heard here.

    January 29, 2010

    Cleaning Up After the Foreclosure Tsunami: Tackling Bank Walk-Aways and Vulture Investors

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    "Cleaning Up After the Foreclosure Tsunami: Tackling Bank Walk-Aways and Vulture Investors," is an article in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Shelterforce, a magazine published by the National Housing Institute.

    In the article cites The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's publicly accessible 'NEO CANDO' property data system and its working partnerships with the Cleveland Housing Court, The Cleveland Housing Network, and The County Land Re-utilization Corporation as among Cleveland's innovative, "tools and programs for responsible management and redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed property."

    The full article can be read here.

    A scan of the article with photographs can be viewed using the link on this web page.

    This article was written by Frank Ford, Senior Vice President for Research & Development of Neighborhood Progress Inc., a funder and partner of the Center.

    January 29, 2010

    NEO CANDO: "South Euclid offers warning about home foreclosure issues"

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    "South Euclid offers warning about home foreclosure issues" By Jeff Piorkowski

    A South Euclid Sun Messenger Article speaks with South Euclid Housing Manager Sally Martin, and cites the City's use of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO social, economic and neighborhood data to alert home-owners with a high potential of foreclosure as an early warning system so that they may act to avoid foreclosure.

    The article states, "Last fall, the city sent letters to 750 homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages and who could be in danger of foreclosure this year.

    The letters, which urged that homeowners take the proper steps to save their homes, were sent after the city received information on housing projections from NEO CANDO —the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, a research institute housed at Case Western Reserve University. That information told of homeowners in possible danger of foreclosure."

    In the article, Martin suggests that homeowners contact ESOP(Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People) for counseling and help.

    The Center recommends contacting United Way of Greater Cleveland's First Call for Help at phone number 211, for HUD licensed counselors- who will work with a homeowner to assess the specific situation and who may also refer a caller to ESOP while helping to create a plan of action.

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    January 25, 2010

    New Social Work Professional Association Finds Home at Case Western Reserve University

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    The newly formed American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) will have its virtual home at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences over the next three years.

    Claudia Coulton, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of social work and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the social work school, has been named one of the founding fellows. She also is the inaugural treasurer of the organization to advance the social work profession.

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    January 24, 2010

    Claudia Coulton authors report on resident perceptions of their neighborhoods for Annie E. Casey's Making Connections


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    Finding Place in Making Connections Communities: Applying GIS to Residents’ Perceptions of Their Neighborhoods
    By Claudia J. Coulton, Tsui Chan, And Kristen Mikelbank, January 2010

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    ABSTRACT
    The growing recognition that place matters has led to numerous foundation- and government-sponsored initiatives that address the needs of disadvantaged neighborhoods and families in tandem. Fundamental to these people-based and place-based strategies is the assumption that residents are both the beneficiaries and the cocreators of improvements in their neighborhoods and the systems that serve them. However, despite the centrality of place in these community initiatives, defining neighborhoods as they are experienced by residents has proven challenging. This paper demonstrates how a household survey can be used to ascertain residents’ views of the place they refer to as their neighborhood. The study uses data from the Making Connections (MC) target areas in 10 cities. A representative sample of households were asked the name of their neighborhoods and instructed on how to draw maps of their neighborhoods as they viewed them. GIS tools were used to uncover spaces within the MC target areas that residents included in their definitions of neighborhood as well as spaces that seemed to fall outside their collective definitions. The study revealed several overlapping areas that constituted resident-defined neighborhoods within most Making Connections target areas. The paper discusses the implications of this diversity of resident neighborhood perceptions for community change initiatives.

    This research is part of the work that the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development participates in for the Annie Casey Foundation's Making Connections Initiative.

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    January 22, 2010

    University of Buffalo, Living Proof Podcast Episode 37 - Dr. Claudia Coulton - Location, Location, Location: Using Technology to Address Social Problems in Context

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    Living Proof is the podcast series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. The purpose of this series is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice, practice to research.

    Prof. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was interviewed for episode number 37 of the podcast series, during which she discussed: the importance of context for child and family well-being, how social work practitioners, researchers, and students can use technology such as geographic information systems (GIS) and other analytic tools to understand social problems, improve service delivery, promote community and social development, to better understand and address place-based disparities.

    To see GIS mapping of social well-being indicators being used for these purposes, see the Center's Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing data base website. NEO CANDO, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system

    January 20, 2010

    2021: MySpace or YourSpace?: Professional Ethics and Social Networks

    Date: Monday, March 29 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Presenter: Kimberly Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D., LISW Fee: $60 Location: RaeAnn Suburban, 29505 Detroit Rd., WESTLAKE
    The widespread emergence of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook create unique challenges in the application of familiar ethical concepts. Client privacy, professional boundaries, worker self-disclosure, conflicts of interest and informed consent all take on new form and complexity in light of technological advances. This workshop introduces the features of social networking and explores the risks and rewards of conscious use of networking sites in social work practice.

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    January 20, 2010

    2019: The Visible Helper: Navigating Our Public and Private Selves

    Date: Friday, March 26 Time: 1:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Presenter: Kimberly Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D., LISW Fee: $60 Location: MSASS
    The concept of purposeful use of self suggests that clinicians are the vehicles by which relationships with clients are created and change occurs. Yet helping professionals are not blank slates. We carry with us our life experiences, personal characteristics, preferences and biases, families and community ties. How can we become aware of and channel these qualities so that they enhance practice rather than derail it? How can we tell when certain experiences or traits are ill-suited for a particular setting or clientele? How can professionals live fully and visibly in their communities and their families while managing intrusions from their professional lives? This workshop will draw from a variety of areas to offer answers to these questions and foster discussion about the complexities in successfully reconciling our personal and professional selves.

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    January 20, 2010

    2018: Integrated Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders: What We Know About what's Working... and what Isn't

    Date: Monday, March 15 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Presenter: Mr. Ric Kruszynski, M.S.S.A., LISW, CCDC III-E, Director of Consultation and Training Fee: $116 Location: MSASS
    This session will review key treatment principles, approaches and models of care that have been demonstrated to be effective for individuals with severe mental illness and a substance abuse disorder. Material will draw from current literature and the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment implementation experiences of 40+ organizations in Ohio, as well as numerous other partnering States served by the Center for Evidence Based Practice at Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence over the past nine years.

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    January 20, 2010

    Cleveland Scene's article "Dishonorable Discharge" uses NEO CANDO data in article regarding pollution in Lake Erie affecting the local neighborhood.

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    A Janurary 20, 2010 Cleveland Scene article, "DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE: FirstEnergy asks to be excused for exceeding limits on mercury pollution in lake by DAMIAN GUEVARA," uses NEO CANDO Poverty Data in its discussion of the potential effect of First Energy's Lake Shore Power Plant's, Mercury pollution on nearby residents who supplement their food intake by fishing nearby in Lake Erie.

    January 19, 2010

    Steve Knerem - "Contemporary Sci-fi / Fantasy" Drawings

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    Steve Knerem’s work incorporates elements of bio-mechanical art, which is characterized by fantasy settings where humans and other creatures are rendered with a high degree of realism.

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    January 17, 2010

    "13 neighbourhoods in need," Toronto about to launch a neighborhood based NEO CANDO-like information system.

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's Associate Director for Community Information, Mike Schramm, was quoted in the Toronto Star's article, "13 neighbourhoods in need: It has been four years since the launch of an ambitious campaign to lift up Toronto's 13 most troubled neighbourhoods. Millions of dollars later, it's not clear what that effort has achieved. How does a city measure hope?" About a free, online, neighborhood-indicator database. This system will not only be used to track changes and to award millions of dollars in grants, but can be used by activists and non-profits, similar to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences's own NEO CANDO system, here at Case Western Reserve University.

    "Information in the hands of people can be very powerful," said Mike Schramm, of Neocando, an online database of neighbourhood [sic] indicators developed by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

    "But you have to have data that deals with neighbourhoods and you have to be in the business of democratizing information ... really getting it into the hands of those people who can actually act to make a change, from the mayor to the head of a non-profit that does community development, to a councillor for a ward."

    January 17, 2010

    Change How Kids Learn, Change the Future - Invest in Children and Prof Rob Fischer in Plain Dealer

    Professor Robert L. Fischer is quoted in The Plain Dealer article, "Change How Kids Learn, Change the Future" by Brett Larkin.

    The article is about Cuyahoga County's Universal Pre-Kindergarten Pilot administered by Invest in Children , a public-private partnership focused on young children and their families. Cuyahoga County is assisted by Starting Point, a nonprofit specializing in child care. Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the project evaluator. The numbers regarding the improvements of children assisted by the program come from the program evaluations, run by the Center.

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    January 15, 2010

    (Date Change) 2017: Innovation and Engagement: For Managers, Leaders and Direct Service Practitioners

    Date: Friday, April 9 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Presenter: Ms. Jackie Lowe Stevenson, MSSA, LISW Fee: $116 Location: RaeAnn Suburban, 29505 Detroit Rd., Westlake
    This interactive workshop will present the cutting edge organizational and therapeutic capacity for positive change. The intention of the workshop is to support leaders, managers and teams and therapists to transform unsolvable problems into manageable dilemmas, exciting possibilities and effective solutions.

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    January 15, 2010

    2016: Advocacy for Social Work Professionals

    Date: Wed., March 3 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Presenter: Ms. Danielle Smith, BSSW, LSW Fee: $60 Location: MSASS

    The history and tradition of social work is advocacy for social justice. In this workshop you will learn how to connect to this tradition by becoming a more effective advocate for your clients and for yourself as a social work professional.

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    January 15, 2010

    2015: Developmental Levels of Personality Organization: Clinical Applications

    Date: Monday, March 1 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Presenter: Ilga Svechs, Ph.D. Associate Professor Emerita Fee: $60 Location: MSASS
    This clinically-oriented workshop will address the following three-primary levels of personality organization: functional level (anxiety disorders and mood disorders), borderline level (personality disorders) and psychotic level (pre-psychotic and psychotic states). The presenter will offer theoretical material with a direct application to clinical practice. Discussions will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the nature of the treatment relationship as informed by the client’s level of personality organization. Participants will be expected to share their clinical experiences.

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    January 15, 2010

    2014: Diagnosis ADD/HD: Now What?

    Date: Friday, Feb. 26 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Presenter: Ms. Kimberly Langley, M.Ed., President, LifeBalance Enterprises, Inc. Fee: $116 Location: Rae-Ann Suburban, 29505 Detriot Rd., WESTLAKE
    Attaching a name to a disorder is just the beginning. Home and school success often depends on the skill of parents who know how to meet their child's special needs. Foster and adoptive parents will enjoy new ideas for how to end the homework hassle, advocate successfully for the child at school, deal with the frustration of siblings, improve social skills and preserve the self-esteem of the child who struggles with ADD/HD. The unique gifts of these children will also be considered.

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    January 15, 2010

    2013: The Power of Your Awareness (new title) - ONLINE WEBINAR

    Date: March-May 2010 Time: Webinar available online 24/7 Presenter: Mr. David Fiala, M.S.S.A., LISW Fee: $199.99 Location: | The Power Of Your Awareness |
    The Power of Your Awareness seminar is a holistic approach to life that integrates the mind, body, emotions, and sprit in a conceptual and experiential manner to significantly increase one’s awareness of life. It takes the practitioner through a unique process by teaching you how to be more conscious of what’s transpiring inside of you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Subsequently, you learn and experience the critical importance of implementing, in addition to practicing, various internal skills as a way of life. These practical life skills become the foundation by which to empower and instruct your own clients or patients in overcoming even the most challenging situations.

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    January 15, 2010

    2012: Spanish for Human Service Professionals

    Date: Feb. 6 - Apr. 17 (10 weeks) Time: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Presenter: Ms. Marianne T. Canario, President Instructional Methodologies of Ohio, INC. Fee: $475 (must have minimum of 10 participants) Location: MSASS
    The growing presence of the Latino population in the U.S. demonstrates a need for bilingual professionals who can help those in the Spanish-speaking community. Spanish for human service professionals is intended for individuals who have previous knowledge of Spanish but need more conversational practice and familiarity with the vocabulary used in the field of social work.

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    January 15, 2010

    Social Work Licensure Examination Review Course

    Date: Saturday, March 27 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Presenter: Mrs. Elain V. Stevens, M.S.W., LISW, BCD, and Kimberly Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D., LISW Fee: $150 Location: MSASS
    This Reveiw Course helps participants understand and prepare for the LSW or LISW examination. It assesses previously learned classroom material and refreshes participants' memories if they have been out of school for an extended period of time. The course seeks to help participants feel confident about their knowledge and abilities for taking the exam. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss sample questions.

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    January 05, 2010

    The Center for Community Solutions profile of University Heights cites NEO CANDO.

    In The Center for Community Solutions's January 2010 news publication, Planning & Action, the article "Community Profile: University Heights: Diverse Residents, Beautiful Homes" includes NEO CANDO Median Home value data by city for a comparison of homes values across Cuyahoga County by city.

    December 31, 2009

    Conference 2010 update: Become a workshop presenter, submit your abstract by February 15

    CallForAbstractsBlack_125p.jpgThe Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is currently accepting abstracts for workshops from potential presenters for its Conference 2010, "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," which will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 12, 13 & 14. Workshops will focus on topics that enhance the delivery of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and emerging best practices for adults diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

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    December 29, 2009

    Cuyahoga County 2009 Child Well-Being & Tracking Update

    Many of the child indicators continue to show positive trends but some are mixed or their interpretation continues to be unclear. With respect to early care and education, after initial increases, families continue to avail themselves of the increased supply of regulated child care and use child care subsidies at a constant rate. Children’s access to medical care has improved and the receipt of prenatal care by pregnant women had also improved for a number of years. Rates of child maltreatment, which rose during the first four years of IIC, showed a significant drop in the 2003 to 2006 period. However, newly developed related indicators (children the subject of an abuse/neglect report; cases referred to ongoing services), suggest that the level of risk for these children remains steady. The persistence of high rates of low birth weight births, supports IIC strategies in the arena of prenatal services.

    Read the complete report.

    December 22, 2009

    Mandel Student Provides a Gift of Memories

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    Mandel Student Provides a Gift of Memories

    Keepsake books will appear as holiday gifts for 10 senior citizens in Wadsworth, Ohio. The gift is one filled with their memories, which for some is a way to preserve their past before it is lost to the ills of aging.

    David Harris, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Master Student field placed with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, and his longtime friend Joey Hanna from Wadsworth created The Living through Legacies Project with the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults, which allows for the creation of personal, timeless memoirs.


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    December 08, 2009

    Claudia Coulton Testifies Before U.S. House Subcommittee on Foreclosure Crisis

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    On Monday Dec 7, Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, gave testimony as she appeared before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, during which she suggested steps to ease to nation's foreclosure crisis. During the hearing Prof. Coulton referred to data the Center has gathered in Cleveland to track the housing crisis over the past decade.

    Data from the Center's research was also quoted in this news segment on WOIO on News at Noon about this hearing, noting that, "In the last four years, there have been upwards of 47,000 foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County alone." Prof. Coulton also appeared in a video segment related to foreclosures and the hearing on WOIO's 4 PM news - also available at the same link above.

    At the request of the Center, WOIO - Fox 19 News also included a link suggesting with what the Center considers the most important information for individuals:

    "Click HERE for free help. The phone number is 211 (from your cell phone) or 216-436-2000," which are connections to the HUD certified counselors and United Way's First Call for Help.

    For more detailed information on the breadth and depth of the crisis see the Center's recent foreclosure-related reports:

    Behind The Numbers Brief Number 8, Trends in ‘home purchase loan’ originations in Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland through the period 1995-2008

    Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008.

    Pathways to Foreclosure: A Longitudinal Study of Mortgage Loans, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008.

    Behind the Numbers Brief Number 6, Houses in transition: a report on properties owned by financial institutions and real estate organizations in Cuyahoga County, 2007.

    Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on ownership and housing values following sheriff’s sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007.

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    December 08, 2009

    Korean Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs Officials visit MSASS and NEOCANDO

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    From 12/6 to 12/8/2009, South Korean governmental officers of the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Mr. Hwan Wi, Deputy Director and his two colleagues, a director (Dr. Keesung Noh) and a researcher of Korea Social Service Institute, Dr. Kwangho Jung (Professor, Seoul National University Seoul, Korea) visited to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in order to observe the welfare delivery system of the U.S. Their visit was hosted by Dr. Joseph White, Director of the Center for Policy Studies.


    At CWRU, they discussed the social service system of the U.S. and South Korea at a seminar with CWRU faculty members including Dr. White, Dr. David Crampton, and Dr. David Hammack. Afterward, they visited to Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

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    November 30, 2009

    Trends in Home Purchase Loans


    Behind the Numbers report shows much lower home purchase lending levels in 2008

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's November 2009 Behind the Numbers takes a closer look at trends in ‘home purchase loan’ originations in Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland through the period 1995-2008.

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    November 30, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2008 HMDA Data
  • 2009 Quarter 3 USPS Vacancy Data
  • 2008 Property Data
  • 2008-2009 CMSD Proficiency Test Data
  • October 2009 Public Assistance Data


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  • November 19, 2009

    Inform, Influence, Impact: The Role of Research in Supporting a Community's Commitment to its Children, November 2009

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    All too often research is conducted in a way that is disconnected from the reality of life in communities, with findings often having little relevance to real-world program and policy decisions. With this publication, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development highlights an example of how research and evaluation data have been effectively used over time in a major community initiative in the Cleveland region.

    Drawing on a decade of transformative research done in partnership with Cuyahoga County's Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children and its public/private set of collaborators, the report describes the experiences of this community initiative and concrete examples of how data have been used to inform practice and policy.

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    November 17, 2009

    Breezy Snyder - Artist

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    Breezy Snyder is a second year painting student at the Cleveland Institute of Arts. Her exhibit “Destiny of Dandelions” is her first solo debut in the Cleveland art community. Each ink drawing captivates the viewer’s mind; it is like poetry on paper.

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    November 12, 2009

    ARNOVA Best Paper for 2008 by Prof. Mark Chupp

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    "Transforming Civil Discourse and Neighborhood Identity through Action Research," a paper written by Mark Chupp, was recently selected by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) as the "Best Paper for 2008." Chupp, Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, presented the paper at ARNOVA's 2008 conference.

    The announcement of this award was released during the 2009 conference and the notice of the award is listed in the ARNOVA Newsletter. WINTER 2010 VOLUME 38, NO. 3 on page number 3.

    November 03, 2009

    Researchers team up with Federal Reserve to help nation respond to foreclosure crisis.

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    The economic epoch that has shaken the foundation of the American Dream and swallowed housing markets into a nationwide financial sinkhole has had several epicenters. One is the City of Cleveland.

    Foreclosures and vacant properties in many neighborhoods have stock piled, values have plummeted, and numerous properties are being bought at below-market values of $10 thousand or less by real-estate speculators, most of whom are corporations that have no vested interest in planned and coordinated community development.

    Now, Coulton and her colleagues are teaming up with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and The College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University in a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional partnership to provide a report to the nation, titled “Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Greater Cleveland: What Happened and How Communities are Responding.” The new report is being funded in part by the Federal Reserve and Neighborhood Progress Incorporated. Coulton’s four previous reports were funded mainly by the The Cleveland Foundation and The George Gund Foundation, with additional support from Enterprise Foundation and Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

    To see the full article from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences's Insight and Action please to here.

    To see Foreclosure related research papers from the Poverty Center please go here.

    Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008.

    Pathways to Foreclosure: A Longitudinal Study of Mortgage Loans, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008.

    Behind the Numbers Brief Number 6, Houses in transition: a report on properties owned by financial institutions and real estate organizations in Cuyahoga County, 2007.

    Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on ownership and housing values following sheriff’s sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007.

    November 03, 2009

    Ohio providers develop action plans for stage-based tobacco intervention for people with mental illness and substance use disorders

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    Representatives from nine community-based organizations and a state psychiatric hospital in Ohio attended a one-day training for “Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)”, a stage-based motivational service model that helps people diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders reduce and eventually eliminate the use of tobacco products. The event provided practical information and useful strategies for implementing TRAC services and featured Carlo DiClemente and other presenters from the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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    November 03, 2009

    Urban Institute Paper affecting Community Initiatives by Coulton, Theodos and Turner released.

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    "New Evidence and Implications for Community Initiatives" by Claudia J. Coulton, Brett Theodos, Margery Austin Turner

    Publication Date: November 02, 2009

    The text below is an excerpt from the complete document at the Urban Institute. Read the full report in PDF format.

    Abstract

    Americans change residences frequently. Residential mobility can reflect positive changes in a family's circumstances or be a symptom of instability and insecurity. Mobility may also change neighborhoods as a whole. To shed light on these challenges, this report uses a unique survey conducted for the Making Connections initiative. The first component measures how mobility contributed to changes in neighborhoods' composition and characteristics. The second component identifies groups of households that reflect different reasons for moving or staying in place. The final component introduces five stylized models of neighborhood performance: each has implications for low-income families' well-being and for community-change efforts.

    This research is part of the work that the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development participates in for the Annie Casey Foundation's Making Connections Initiative.

    More papers that Claudia Coulton has authored for the Urban Institute can be viewed here.

    November 02, 2009

    A brief TRAC consult regarding e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems

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    The topic of e-cigarettes came up at a recent TRAC Program Leader Training, held in Cleveland on October 1st, so the "Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)" intitiative at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University presents a summary regarding what is known to date about electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), what are commonly called "e-cigarettes."

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    October 30, 2009

    MSASS Honored With Bronze Key Award

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    Download Movie FileThe Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University will receive the Bronze Key Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the National Council for Alcohol and Drug Dependence to recognize leadership in the field of substance dependence and recovery.  This award will be presented by local affiliate Recovery Resources, a stalwart provider of substance abuse and mental health services in Northeast Ohio.

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    October 13, 2009

    Conference 2010 to celebrate ten years of EBPs in Ohio, combine annual SAMI-IDDT & SE events, as well as tobacco

    Conference2010full_125p.jpgSave these dates! The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University will host its next conference October 12, 13, and 14, 2010. The event, titled "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next Ten Years", will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the State of Ohio's success with implementing EBPs for people diagnosed with mental illness. The event will highlight national EBP research and lessons-learned from EBP initiatives in Ohio and other states. The Center for EBPs is a partnership of the Mandel School and the Dept. of Psychiatry.

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    October 12, 2009

    New Thinking About Poverty

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    New Thinking About Poverty in a Shrinking City: a presentation by Claudia Coulton, Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, September 2009.

    Cleveland has lost more population and housing in the past 5 years than previous trends would have suggested. Yet it continues to be one of the poorest cities in America. This presentation documents the shifts in demographics and an economic downturn that suggest the need for new thinking about how to address poverty in a shrinking city.

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    October 12, 2009

    A Plain Dealer Article by Brent Larkin Quotes Center Co-director Rob Fischer Regarding Investment in Early Childhood in Cuyahoga County.

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    A Plain Dealer article by Brent Larkin, "Focus public investment on early-childhood intervention," on October 11, 2009, quotes Center Co-director Rob Fischer regarding Investment in Early Childhood in Cuyahoga County.

    The articles main point can be summed up by this quote from the article from Arthur Rolnick and Rob Grunewald, officials at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis:

    "We're quite certain that investing in early childhood education is more likely to create a vibrant economy that [sic] using public funds to lure a sports team by building a new stadium or attracting an automaker by providing tax breaks," Rolnick and Grunewald wrote in 2007. "The return on early childhood development programs that focus on at-risk families far exceeds the return on other projects that are funded as economic development."

    The full article can be seen here.

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    October 09, 2009

    Ohio Supported Employment conference 2009 retrospective

    PresenterPodium4163145_125px.jpgThe Annual Ohio Supported Employment (SE) Conference 2009, entitled "Recovery Is Working," attracted some 200 people from around the country to Columbus in March. Participants learned about the most recent outcomes from national studies of the evidence-based SE model and forged professional relationships, sharing consumer-success stories and lessons-learned stories from implementation of SE. Listen to and read about presentations and conversations in this retrospective of the event.

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    October 08, 2009

    SE pioneer Gary Bond provides an update on research, evidence for supported employment

    GaryBond2009_125p.jpgGary Bond, PhD, digs into the researech evidence and explains why Supported Employment (SE) is one of the most sought-after service models for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. He also foreshadows the coming of two emerging best practices—cognitive rehabilitation and supported education—which will likely augment SE and enhance consumer outcomes.

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    October 07, 2009

    Consultant and author Philip Devol helps people understand the psycho-social dimensions of poverty

    PhilDevol_125px.jpgPhilip Devol wants everyone to know that if you are going to help people get out of poverty, you must include representatives from all economic classes—the wealthy, the middle class, and the poor—in the process of planning and implementing services. Each has mental models (perspectives and experiences) that contain knowledge to shape useful solutions.

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    October 06, 2009

    Michele Robinson helps young woman with co-occurring disorders re-enter community after prison by providing

    MichelleRobinson.jpgMichele Robinson is an employment specialist embedded in an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team, which serves people diagnosed with co-occurring severe mental and substance use disorders. She shares a story about a woman in her twenties who started her teen years and adult life with the odds stacked against her.

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    October 05, 2009

    Social Work Students Conduct Housing Survey in East Cleveland

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    First year students Susan Ross and Jeong Woo Lee help survey vacant homes and lots in the City of East Cleveland, for their Macro and Policy Skills course. The students, accompanied by East Cleveland residents, surveyed the vacant properties and the results are helping city officials prioritize which buildings should be demolished. The students’ project helped the City of East Cleveland secure $2.2 million in federal funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

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    September 22, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2008 Juvenile Delinquency Data

  • July 2009 Public Assistance Data
  • 2008 Crime Data
  • 2008-2009 CMSD Enrollment and Attendance Data
  • 2007 Business Patterns Data

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  • August 24, 2009

    NEO CANDO Update: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2006-2009 Foreclosure filings
  • 2006-2009 Foreclosure filings (quarterly data)
  • 2006-2009 Foreclosure filings (cumulative data)
  • 2000-2009 Sheriff’s sales
  • 2000-2009 Sheriff’s sales (quarterly data)


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  • August 13, 2009

    Janice Reash - artist

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    Janice Reash a SASS graduate (1969), worked as a social worker until she retired in 1991. In 1991, Reash started to explore the different avenues of printmaking. Today she varies her techniques to that of the linocut, intaglio, wood cut and monotype. You can see her enjoyment and passion of the process as the images emerge on the paper.

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    August 13, 2009

    Laurel Herbold - artist

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    Laurel Herbold is a freelance artist. After she graduated from Bowling Green University, in 1993, she started to exhibit her art work throughout the greater Cleveland area. Laurel is an artist who uses a variety of different mediums to express her creative outlets.

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    August 03, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • 2008 Population Estimates
  • 2009 Quarter 2 USPS Vacancy Data

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  • August 01, 2009

    7 Core principles of supported employment, the evidence-based practice

    7CoreGold_125p.jpgSupported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice, helps people diagnosed with severe mental illness or co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders find competitive jobs of their choice in local communities with rapid job-search and placement services. There are seven core principles that make the evidence-based SE model different from traditional vocational programs.

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    August 01, 2009

    Checking Greater Cleveland’s Pulse

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    The Cleveland Foundation and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development recently began working together to show how the economic crisis is affecting Cuyahoga County. The result is an online display of data called “The Pulse.”

    "The Pulse" succinctly uses four indicators to give its viewers a picture of the needs of Cuyahoga County residents:

    • the number of people with food stamps benefits,
    • the number of children with Medicaid benefits,
    • mortgage foreclosures, (all from the Center's NEO CANDO system),
    • and unemployment data from the Ohio Labor Market Information System.

    These figures are updated on a monthly basis.

    “The Pulse” was created in conjunction with the Cleveland Foundation's new Basic Needs Fund, which will help sustain local nonprofits that provide essentials like food, clothing, and shelter.

    You can find “The Pulse” online at http://clevelandfoundation.org/grantmaking/Pulse.html.

    The full NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing resources can be found here.

    You can find The Cleveland Foundation Pulse press release here.

    July 25, 2009

    Limitations and Lessons in Place-Based Community Development: The CDC Movement in the US

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    Prof. Mark Chupp and Doctoral candidate Diwakar Vadapalli, will present "Limitations and Lessons in Place-Based Community Development: The CDC Movement in the US" in Monterrey, Mexico at the 16th, International Consortium for Social Development Symposium.

    Abstract:
    Community Development Corporations (CDCs) in the US are a vital organizational mechanism for revitalization of disadvantaged communities. throughout their evolution in history, CDCs followed the dominant framrwork of "place-based community development'.

    This study examines the diverse roles of CDC's in community revitalization in the Cleveland metropolitan area, their limitations in addressing challenges that result in part from larger state and federal policies in spite of their adoption of sophisticated and modern organizational mechanisms and techniques.

    Recommendations include: 1) adopting a broader social development framework for building community capitals and 2) adopting a flexible unit of analysis that can be applied beyond the confines of a "place-based community'. Community-based organization in other countries, as they design their strategies for revitalization or development, can draw lessons from the experience of CDC's from a major American city.

    July 21, 2009

    Facing the mortgage crisis: What Detroit can learn from Cleveland

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    Michigan Radio, July 20, 2009

    The City of Cleveland has a goal of rehabbing 150 vacant homes, demolishing 300, and preventing another 300 homes from going into foreclosure. It's all part of a program called Opportunity Homes. The program relies on data from Mike Schramm and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University.

    Read or listen to the WUOM 91.7, Ann Arbor, Michingan NPR affiliate interview here.


    July 19, 2009

    "Bank 'walkaways' from foreclosed homes are a growing, troubling trend"

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    Cleveland Plain Dealer July 19, 2009

    You can see a troubling new trend in the foreclosure crisis in a Cleveland Plain Dealer article by Sandra Livingston titled, "Bank 'walkaways' from foreclosed homes are a growing, troubling trend" here.

    "Bank walkaways" are another troubling development in the foreclosure crisis, particularly in cities like Cleveland with weaker housing markets, say housing advocates and government officials. Where banks and Mortgage comanies choose to leave the house in legal limbo, rather than complete the foreclosure. Researchers at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University are studying the issue.

    Researcher Michael Schramm comments.

    July 17, 2009

    Berea Children's Home and Family Services highlights Poverty Center in newsletter.

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    The Berea Children's Home and Family Services's Summer 2009 newsletter, Seeds of Hope, highlights The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in the question-and-answer article, "Understanding Poverty: What Can Be Done To Help Children and Families?"

    The Berea Children's Home and Family Services's site can be found here.

    The Summer 2009 issue of the Seeds of Hope newsletter can be found here.

    The Article with the Poverty Center starts on page 6 of the PDF version.

    July 13, 2009

    John Taylor, from The ‘Urban Observatory’ from Indonesia meeting with Poverty Center

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    John Taylor, an urban planner from Indonesia, and José "Zay" Marcelo Zacchi, Executive Director of Overmundo Institute and a founder and a member of the Brazilian Public Security Forum Board of Directors, visited the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

    Mr. Taylor is currently involved in facilitating data-driven decision-making in urban areas of Indonesia. Building bridges between policy establishment, political decision makers, and the population impacted by those decisions is at the core of Mr. Taylor efforts. The ‘Urban Observatory’, as he called it, will be a place to collect data from various sources and disseminate it in multiple formats such as tables and maps.

    Mr. Taylor and Mr. Zacchi were at the Center for a three day exchange of ideas on democratizing data and assisting in local policy making. A video of their impressions of the Center and its work will be part of a documentary film that Mr. Taylor will be using to advocate for data-driven decision-making in Indonesia.

    An overview of Mr. Taylor's presentation can be viewed, here. His bio can be found, on page ten, here.


    July 08, 2009

    NASW article features research by Diwakar Vadapalli for UNICEF, which will be presented in Monterrey, Mexico in July.

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    Diwakar K. Vadapalli, Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, presented a paper in Carmona, Spain, April 22-24, at a research meeting titled, "Social Welfare and Cash Transfer Meeting," which was organized by both UNICEF and University College London, to discuss the role of social welfare services in improving cash transfer programs.

    A communiqué released from the meeting is available here.

    Mr. Vadapalli's paper is titled, "Barriers and challenges in accessing social transfers and role of social welfare services in improving targeting efficiency: a study of conditional cash transfers," and it was featured in the July edition of NASW News in the article, "Services Enhance Cash Programs: Information flow among the parties is vital to the success of cash transfer policies," by Paul R. Pace, that reports about this research meeting.

    Mr. Vadapalli's paper will also be presented at the 2009 Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development in Monerrey, Mexico on July 28th, 2009. It will appear in a special issue of the international journal Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies titled, "UNICEF Special Issue: Barriers and challenges in accessing social transfers and role of social welfare services in improving targeting efficiency: a study of conditional cash transfers by: D. Vadapalli."

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    July 07, 2009

    Briefly Stated No. 09-03, April 2009

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    Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County

    A new Briefly Stated number 09-03, titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" has been released. It summarizes research in a white paper by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development regarding an analysis of the number of homeless families and "doubled up" families in Cuyahoga County.

    The Briefly stated can be read or downloaded here.

    The White paper, also titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County," can be read or downloaded here.

    A brief radio article, on NPR affiliate WCPN, referencing this paper can be read or heard here.

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    July 01, 2009

    Study to explore vision, quality of life in dementia patients

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    A multi-institutional team of researchers, led by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, will begin a five-year, $2.9 million National Institutes of Health-funded study. They will examine the lives of patients with both cataracts and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to document how restored vision improves everyday life for people with dementia.

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    June 15, 2009

    2009 Commencement Address by Robert P. Madison, FAIA

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    Thank you Dean for your very kind and generous introduction.

    Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

    I am very pleased to have the honor of speaking at this Commencement Exercise.

    I congratulate you, the class of 2009, for persevering in the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and confidence to confront the social issues of today.

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    May 08, 2009

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • New HMDA Indicators


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  • May 04, 2009

    Pamela Dodds – Linoleum Block Prints

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    Exhibit Dates: May 4 - July 11, 2009

    The current exhibit on the second and third floors of the Mandel School is a collection of linoleum block prints by artist Pamela Dodds. She uses a technique called linocut, which is similar to that of woodcut. The smooth, grainless texture of the linoleum allows for the cutting of a fluid, detailed line. After the image is cut in the linoleum plate, the surface is carefully inked and transferred to paper.

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    May 01, 2009

    Paul Lender, Environmental Photographer

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    Exhibit Dates: May 1, - July 6, 2009

    Paul Lender, an environmental photographer, has his work currently on display throughout the first floor of the Mandel School. According to his artist statement, he strives to capture the world around him as close as possible to the way he sees it. He aspires not only to highlight the beauty found in expansive landscapes, but also the magnificence found in small details.

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    April 27, 2009

    New printed newsletter from the Center for EBPs at Case

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    We recently mailed the first issue of our new printed newsletter, "Evidence Matters." A free PDF is available from our web site. Please distribute it to anyone who is interested in enhancing services for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. We've retired our "SAMI Matters" newsletter. The Fall 2008 issue was the last. Find out why. Get back issues from this web page. Use them to educate staff and stakeholders. . . . The Center for EBPs is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    April 26, 2009

    The Impact of Supported Employment for Consumers with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders

    ResearchStudyImage_125px.jpgThe primary purpose of this study was to improve our understanding of who gets referred to evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services and what characteristics predict entry into competitive employment for adult consumers diagnosed with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. This report includes some tips for policy and practice. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    April 26, 2009

    A "Work Is Recovery" consumer success story

    AkronMap_125px.jpgJohn Moneypenny is Assistant Director of the Choices Community Social Center in Akron, Ohio, a gathering place that provides a social, recreational, and educational outlet for adults recovering from mental illness in the surrounding Summit County area. He recounts his recovery story, so it might be shared as a source of inspiration for others. . . . Listen to and download free ".mp3" audio files. . . . Choices is a community partner of the Center for EBPs at Case, which is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    April 09, 2009

    Helping Adults With Mental Illnesses Find Work

    job application.jpgThe ranks of the unemployed have swelled in the current economic downturn, and people from all walks of life have found themselves coping with the reality of job loss. For some workers, though, being without a job is nothing new.

    “Our goal was to identify the barriers that keep individuals from being referred for employment services and subsequent employment,” says David Biegel, Ph.D., of Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

    Read the Article from Case's Think magazine.

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    April 03, 2009

    Event Title: The Impact of Housing on Financial Markets and Urban Families Primary Speaker: Marc A. Stefanski Event Date: April 3, 2009

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    You are invited to watch a video on the university's YouTube channel featuring Marc A. Stefanski and Sharon Milligan on "The Impact of Housing on Financial Markets and Urban Families."

    Stefanski is the chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings and Loan; Milligan is associate dean for academic affairs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Associate Director for Outreach and Education at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

    The discussion—which took place during spring semester—was sponsored by the Office of the President, Case Western Reserve University.

    To view this video please click here.

    February 27, 2009

    Mike Schramm Testifies at Cleveland, Ohio City Council's: Breaking the Cycle of Abandonment Initiative, discussion with the presidential campaigns.

    Cleveland, Ohio City Council held a meeting with presidential campaign representative six days before the Ohio 2008 presidential Primary regarding the Foreclosure Crisis and to inform the candidates might be able to about it.

    This meeting was called, "Cleveland: The Fighting Foreclosure and Abandonment Forum, A dialogue about solutions between the Presidential campaigns and one of America's hardest-hit communities... six days before the decisive Ohio primary" with the sponsorship and participation of numerous Cleveland leaders, agencies and community organizations and invited representatives of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was represented at this meeting by our Associate Director for Community Information, Michael Schramm.

    On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 there was a live Webcast called to view the recording of this video please go here.

    Information on the Cleveland City council's Foreclosure Forum can be viewed here.

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    February 19, 2009

    NEO CANDO Update: Property Data Update

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    NEO CANDO property data update

  • Property transfer data through the end of 2009 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    New property data in NEO CANDO Social and Economic Data section

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  • February 17, 2009

    New fidelity scale finds its way to Ohio’s supported-employment services

    496066_130p.jpgThe Ohio SE CCOE is now using a revised fidelity scale to assist mental health service organizations in Ohio that are implementing the evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) model. Evaluators from the CCOE have already conducted fidelity reviews using the new scale at several organizations across the state and plan to conduct at least one review with the new scale at all evidence-based SE programs in Ohio by the end of the year. (The Ohio SE CCOE is a program of the Center for EBPs at Case--a partnership of the Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry.)

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    February 02, 2009

    Briefly Stated No. 09-01, January 2009:

    Lord knows...But what do we know about the effectiveness of faith-based programming?

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    Beginning with the Clinton Administration and greatly extended under George W. Bush, the federal government has expanded the role of faith-based providers in the delivery of a range of human services.

    Since 2001, the Faith-Based and Community Initiative (FBCI) has aimed to give these organizations equal opportunity with secular and larger organizations to secure federal funding for the delivery of social services.

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    February 02, 2009

    Briefly Stated No. 09-02, January 2009:

    Quality Matters - Assessing the quality of early care settings in Cuyahoga County

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    This document summarizes recent research which investigates the effects of County programs which promote increased capactiy and quality in the region's childcare.

    Using data from 177 pre-school classrooms, this study was undertaken to assess the level of quality in regulated early care and education settings in and around Cleveland, Ohio.

    The quality of care in settings serving young children is a crucial concern in policy and practice circles as we seek ways to promote child development. This study examined the structural and contextual factors associated with high quality care and was designed to inform a community-wide initiative focused on child well-being and school readiness.

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    January 29, 2009

    Supported Employment Conference 2009 | March 24 and 25

    SE2009ConferenceLogo.jpgKeynote speaker Gary Bond, PhD, an internationally known SE researcher from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. . . . Keynote speaker Phil DeVol, co-author of "Bridges Out of Poverty". . . . Over 30 practical workshops. . . . This event is designed for those who want to acquire more information about and practical skills that pertain to providing evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. . . . . Sponsored by the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE, a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry.

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    January 28, 2009

    CBS features Supported Employment success stories in Ohio

    ClevengerPhoto_125p.jpgIt's always a pleasant surprise when a national discussion focuses on the work we do in the world of social services. It's all the more surprising when the conversation highlights one of our own at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric recently aired a report on Supported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice, featuring our own SE Consultant and Trainer Nicole Clevenger.

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    January 14, 2009

    MSASS Web Chat

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    Web chat allows participants to communicate in real time using easily accessible web interfaces. It is a way to instantly connect with the admission and financial aid office as well as other groups. Our first web chat will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2009 from 5 - 6:30 pm. Prospective students will have a chance to chat and get involved in discussions about the admission and financial aid process. Feel free to submit your questions during this time and our admission counselors and financial aid staff will provide helpful answers and information. Please log in on January 15 from 5- 6:30 pm at this link: http://msass.universitywebchat.com/chat7417/ We look forward to speaking with you!!

    January 05, 2009

    The power of hearing a good story

    StoryToTell_125p.jpg The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry is collecting audio recordings of service providers, consumers, and others telling stories of their experiences with evidence-based practices and other services. Share your story.

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    December 30, 2008

    Tobacco recovery for severe mental illness makes progress despite challenges from Ohio's declining economy

    ProjectUpdate_125p.jpgA significant cutback in funding for tobacco-cessation programs in the State of Ohio has negatively affected efforts to reduce illnesses and healthcare costs associated with the use of harmful tobacco products. Yet, the Ohio Tobacco & Recovery (TR) Project, developed for people with severe mental illness, continues to make progress toward a service model that will stand the test of time and create positive results for Ohio residents. The Ohio TR Project is a program of the Center for EBPs at Case--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry, Case School of Medicine . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW.)

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    December 28, 2008

    Time magazine article links tobacco use, early death among people with severe mental illness

    PopStopIcon_125p.jpgThe Ohio Tobacco and Recovery stages-of-change model is among the nation’s cutting-edge efforts to improve health outcomes among people diagnosed with severe mental illness, because it is designed specifically to address the unique needs of this population. A recent story in Time magazine identified the high incidence of tobacco use and dependence among people with severe mental illness as one of the growing health concerns in the United States. The Ohio Tobacco & Recovery Project is a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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    December 21, 2008

    Social Work Today magazine features Ohio SAMI CCOE as IDDT innovator

    SocialWorkcover_125.jpgThe November/December 2008 cover story of the nationally distributed Social Work Today magazine features the Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE)--a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case Western Reserve University. The Center is a partnership of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. Both are curriculum innovators: both have fellowship programs for the study of co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC.)

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    December 20, 2008

    Advance your career: PhD program at Mandel School provides financial assistance, part-time and full-time study options

    PhDProgram_icon_125p.jpgThe Ph.D. Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences celebrates the second anniversary of its part-time study option for doctoral-level education in social welfare and is inviting applications from professionals with experience in social work and allied disciplines--such as psychology, public health, nonprofit organizations, law, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The doctoral program has both part-time and full-time study options available, along with financial assistance for both.

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    December 14, 2008

    Conference conversations continue

    IDDT2008inreviewv2_125p.jpgAs the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School looks toward its Supported Employment conference on March 24 and 25, 2009, we reflect upon the 8th Annual SAMI/IDDT conference that took place this past September in Columbus, Ohio and are reminded how conversations at these annual events continue to inform the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout Ohio and across the nation. Featuring audio interviews with Robert Drake, MD; Carlo DiClemente, PhD; Sandra Stephenson, MSW, director of ODMH; and more.

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    December 13, 2008

    IDDT pioneer Bob Drake reflects upon the ongoing evolution of integrated treatment and supported employment

    BobDrake125p.jpgPsychiatrist and researcher Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD, knows a few things about the evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model—why it’s necessary, how it works, and which treatment components produce the most positive outcomes. He is one of the original creators of IDDT. His research continues to inform the dissemination of IDDT and the evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) model. . . . Dr. Drake has been a long-time supporter, collaborator, and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School. Join us for our conversation with him.

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    December 12, 2008

    Stages of change co-creator Carlo DiClemente discusses practical applications of his Transtheoretical Model for health, wellness and recovery

    CarloDiClementePhoto_125p.jpgAsk Psychologist Carlo DiClemente, PhD, co-creator of the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM), how you might achieve and maintain a meaningful personal change in your life—diet, exercise, sobriety, mental health recovery—and he’ll tell you what he’s found from almost 30 years of research on the subject. Dr. DiClemente sat down with us to provide a tutorial on the origins and ongoing evolution of TTM. . . . Dr. DiClemente is a supporter, collaborator, and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School.

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    December 11, 2008

    Refreshing the heart: Darnella Allen discovers the compassion of integrated treatment

    DarnellaAllenPhoto_125p.jpgLiving two seemingly separate lives never seemed quite right to Darnella Allen, BA, LICDC, of Cleveland. There was her life as an ordained minister, where she felt free to use her compassionate, forgiving, and supportive self to help people. And there was her life as an addictions counselor, where she felt skeptical of the motives of people who abused alcohol and other drugs. She spent some 20 years living with this conflict. Then she was hired as a case manager at Mental Health Services, Inc. (MHS) in Cleveland, which uses IDDT to help homeless persons with severe mental illness. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case provides technical assistance to MHS.

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    December 10, 2008

    Street scenes: Ohio ACT Director Jonas Thom has seen assertive outreach work with some of the toughest homeless cases

    JonasThomPhoto_125p.jpgThere is hope for people who are most at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, and institutional recidivism. It is called Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). If you listen close enough to Jonas Thom, MA, PCC, you will get the impression that ACT is more than an evidence-based practice that produces improved outcomes; it is a way of being present gently and consistently in the lives of others. Thom is Director of the Ohio Coordinating Center for ACT. He is a collaborator and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry. Join us for our conversation with him.

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    December 10, 2008

    Waiting for a miracle: Dianne Asher talks about her conversion to integrated treatment

    DianaAsherPhoto_125p.jpgBefore getting a formal introduction to the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model, Dianne Asher, LSCSW, CADC-I, often felt frustrated and powerless in her work as a case manager and team leader. In the 1990s, she became one of the first practitioners in the State of Kansas to be introduced to IDDT and was recruited by The University of Kansas to lead IDDT implementation throughout the sunflower state. . . . Asher is a collaborator and colleague of the Center for EBPs at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry. Join us for our conversation with her.

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    December 09, 2008

    Beyond REO

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    New Poverty Center report examines what happens to properties after sheriff's sale and REO ownership

    Many properties that go into foreclosure eventually end up at a sheriff's auction, where they are usually purchased by the banks, mortgage companies, mortgage services, and government-sponsored enterprises involved in financing the foreclosed mortgage loan. These properties are referred to as "REO" (real-estate owned) properties. Between 2005 and 2008, there has been a drastic increase in REO properties being sold at extremely low prices—$10,000 and often less.

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has produced a report,
    Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008,
    that takes a look at the trend of REO properties sold at $10,000 or less; the most frequent sellers and buyers of these properties in 2007 and 2008; time between property transactions; the price of properties in subsequent transactions; and limited information about the practices of some buyers and sellers of REO properties.

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    December 02, 2008

    State hospitals in Ohio bring new meaning to rapid job-search

    SE7coreimage_125p.jpgVocational specialists from the State of Ohio's inpatient Behavioral Healthcare Organizations (BHOs) are putting to rest fears about symptoms of mental illness interfering with a person’s ability to work. The specialists are exploring how they might help some people obtain or return to competitive jobs in the community as part of their transition out of the hospital, before discharge. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School provides technical assistance to the State of Ohio's BHOs.

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    November 25, 2008

    Employer, employee team-up with onsite job coaching

    JohnLogocollage_final.jpgThe Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio is no ordinary park. It is a living educational museum, with interactive exhibits for children and adults alike. John is a participant of evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services who works at the Farmpark. He has not missed a shift in over four years. His success is partly the result of his own fortitude, the guidance he receives from SE services at NEIGHBORING of Lake County, and the open communication he has with his boss, Beth Florian. . . . The Center for EBPs at Case provides technical assistance to NEIGHBORING.

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    November 25, 2008

    Eric Meyer - Beauty and Function

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    On exhibit - first floor of the Mandel School until January 10, 2009

    Eric Meyer welds and shapes handmade kitchen utensils out of pewter, silver, bronze, aluminum, and brass. His handmade objects, including a tea set, goblets, a tea infuser, and cutlery, have an opulence fit for royalty.

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    November 11, 2008

    Poverty Center Mapping Series: Food Stamp Enrollment Between July 2000 and July 2008

    Among its many functions, the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO) database allows users to extract data across geography and time to examine trends.

    The second map in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development’s Map Series illustrates changes in Food Stamp enrollment between July 2000 and July 2008.

    read more »

    October 31, 2008

    Judith Brandon – Recession Work

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    Exhibit Dates: October 24, 2008 -- January 10, 2009

    Judith Brandon graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 with degrees in drawing and enameling. It is the enameling techniques of scribing metal and the layering of transparent and opaque colors that are the foundation for her paintings. Her subject matter originates from the weather channel, travels and experiences. Oceans, rain, mist and ice, water in all of its forms and locations are an endless source of inspiration to her. Water is a dominant theme in her paintings.

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    October 31, 2008

    John W. Carlson

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    Exhibit Dates: October 20, 2008 – January 10, 2009

    John Carlson began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper, and Lucien Freud, he strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings.

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    October 22, 2008

    Center for EBPs promotes best practices for treatment of schizophrenia

    BeSTlogo2_125p.jpgThis past July, over 200 participants gathered at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) in Rootstown to attend a conference entitled “Moving in the BeST Direction: An Incubator to Improve Schizophrenia Treatment in Northeastern Ohio.” Representatives from the Center for Evidence-based Practices at Case Western Reserve University attended.

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    October 22, 2008

    Poverty Presentation to the Young Presidents Organization

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    Sharon Milligan Presents on Poverty to the Young Presidents Organization as part of a panel that addressed Poverty in Cleveland.

    The event was held at the Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland on October 22, 2008.

    Others joining Dr. Milligan on the panel that presented to the Young Presidents Organization were Joe Gaunter, Cuyahoga County Employment & Family Services; Reverend Bruce Goode, Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church; and Judy Simpson, United Way of Greater Cleveland. The panel's moderator was Regina Brett from The Plain Dealer.

    The handout providing an update about poverty statistics in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County was distributed to those who attended and is available here.

    October 15, 2008

    NEO CANDO In Practice

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    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals and research.

    Read about how two researchers, Fahui Wang and Richard Smith utilize NEO CANDO for policy evaluation in Evaluating Economic Development in Cleveland's Urban Neighborhoods.

    read more »

    October 07, 2008

    ACLU of Ohio

    "Unfinished Business"
    When: 10.07.08 | tuesday | 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center, 4506 Chester Ave., Cleveland

    Join the ACLU of Ohio for a discussion of some of the most pressing immigration, national security, and racial justice issues facing the country in 2008. Panelists will suggest possible solutions to these problems, as well as steps public officials and activists can take to create positive change.
    Panelists include:
    David Leopold, immigration attorney, David Wolfe Leopold & Associates Co.
    Edward Little, criminal justice consultant
    Julia Shearson, executive director, CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter
    Shakyra Diaz, education director, ACLU of Ohio, will moderate this program.

    Free and open to the public. Free parking available.
    Please RSVP by clicking the button above, or calling (216) 472-2220.
    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.
    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    September 30, 2008

    The Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award

    TheLynnGoffAwardImage.jpgThis award recognizes a service team that embodies passion, dedication, and creativity when providing services to people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It recognizes those who consistently go above and beyond the expectations of the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model and, in doing so, raise the standard for exceptional care.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Warming hearts on a cold bench

    ReneeMolzonPhoto.jpgRenee Molzon went into social work to help emotionally-disturbed children, never anticipating that her professional journey would land her beside homeless adults dealing with severe mental illness. . . .(Molzon is a community partner of the Mandel School.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Team Terrific: A supervisor’s perspective on recruitment, humility, collaboration

    LeberGeorgePhoto.jpgThe career of Deana Leber-George has been an odyssey of reinvention. . . . She is now the Dual Diagnosis Program Supervisor at NEIGHBORING and has been a guiding member of the service team since 2002. She has learned a few lessons along the way about the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs). . . . (Leber-George is a community partner of the Mandel School.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Board's-eye view: An executive's perspective about EBP implementation

    KenGillPhoto.jpgTimes are especially good for NEIGHBORING's Chief Operating Officer Ken Gill, MSSA ('82), LISW-S, LICDC, and his Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team. They are being recognized for raising the standard of exceptional care with the third annual Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award. . . . Things, however, weren’t always running this smoothly.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 29, 2008

    Lake County agency receives The 2008 Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award

    LakeCountyMap.jpgA few years back, the City of Painesville had a problem: what to do about the homeless population hanging out in its picturesque town square. For NEIGHBORING, a mental-health and substance-abuse service agency headquartered in the City of Mentor, this was another chance to step up and help out. . . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Ken Gill, MSSA (’82), LISW-S, LICDC, and other community partners.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    September 27, 2008

    Women Make Your Mark

    The Voting Process

    When: Saturday, September 27, 200, 11:00 - 12:30
    Where: Strosacker Auditorium and Adelbert Gym at Case Western Reserve University

    What you Always Wanted to Know about Voting but were Afraid to Ask!

    Time: 11:00 - 12:30, Strosacker events:

    ~ Film ~ Music ~ Hip Hop
    ~ Dramatic Performance by Students from the Cleveland School of the Arts
    ~ Amazing Facts about YOU!
    ~ How YOU can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    Program followed by Lunch, Prize Drawings 12:30-2:00, Adelbert Gym:

    ~ Pizza lunch
    ~ Prize drawings
    ~ Give-aways
    ~ Voter registration

    Free and Open to the Public. First 200 persons who register will be eligible for a drawing for a flat-screen TV.

    *To be eligible for the drawing, you MUST register in advance by emailing us.

    Current Co-Sponsors (List still growing):
    LINKS, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, The League of Women Voters, Ohio Votes, The Greater Cleveland Voter Coalition, Cleveland State University, plus many other schools and organizations

    September 26, 2008

    MSASS COMMENTARY: Opinions on issues in the news by members of the Mandel School Faculty
    Stokes Crop 1.jpg Read Op/Eds from Mark Chupp, Congressman Louis Stokes (pictured), and MSASS Dean Cleve Gilmore.

    read more »

    September 25, 2008

    Citizen's for a Safe and Fair Cleveland

    Join Citizens for a Safe and Fair Cleveland in a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the impact of and develop solutions for selective enforcement practices on drug crimes within Cuyahoga County.

    When: 09.25.08 | thursday | 7:00 p.m.
    Where: Trinity Cathedral Commons, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
    (Entrance to the program and free parking are accessible through Prospect Ave.)

    Free and open to the public. To RSVP, call (216) 472-2212 or visit www.safefaircleveland.org.

    Citizens for a Safe and Fair Cleveland (“CSFC”) is a coalition committed to making the streets of the City of Cleveland safer for all persons, while monitoring law enforcement policies to insure consistency, proportionality, and fairness. The Town Hall Meeting will provide an insight into the harsher drug sentences being applied within the city of Cleveland and its impact on the African American and Hispanic communities.

    Citizens for a Safe and Fair Cleveland includes:
    100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland
    ACLU of Ohio
    Cleveland Chapter, NAACP
    Cleveland Job Corp Academy
    As well as a number of community leaders and stakeholders

    September 23, 2008

    L. I. N. K. meeting

    1st colloquium of fall 2008 semester about El Salvador from civil war to sustainable economies….

    If you want to learn about this intriguing country or
    If you are thinking of joining MSASS/IPM trip to El Salvador in December. Come and meet Magda Lanuza, IPM’s director for Latin America & the Caribbean

    When: Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008, 12:45pm – 2:00pm
    Where: Room 320A, MSASS

    Feel free to bring your lunch. Soft drinks and cookies will be provided.

    September 20, 2008

    Celebrate Arts, Culture, and Civil Liberties

    The ACLU of Ohio needs your help! We are looking for several volunteers to staff a literature table for the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival.

    When: Saturday, September 20, 2008 and Sunday, September 21,2008
    Where: Lincoln Park

    Between W. 14th, W. 11th, Kenilworth and Starkweather, Cleveland
    We need energetic, friendly people to work the table during the festival. Responsibilities will include engaging visitors, handing out literature, asking people to sign-up for ACLU email updates and selling a few small items like t-shirts and ACLU memberships.
    What’s in it for you? A day of fun meeting new people, listening to music and helping the ACLU gain friends and support!
    If you are interested in participating, please reply to this email and a staff member will contact you.
    * This involves disassembling a tent, so be prepared for a little heavy lifting.

    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our new website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.

    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    September 19, 2008

    Calling all Spartans: Case for Community Day Registration Now Open

    Needed: Case Western Reserve University Spartans of all ages for the sixth annual Case for Community Day on Friday, September 19. Requirements include time to volunteer for an afternoon of serving the needs of campus neighbors and community organizations.

    Coordinated by the Center for Community Partnerships, a volunteer force of nearly 600 hundred people are being sought from campus to serve the needs of the local community during this rewarding day of service.

    The event begins with a free Italian lunch menu and short program led by President Barbara Snyder at 11 a.m. in the Thwing Student Center and continues throughout the afternoon at volunteer sites across the city. The day concludes about 4 p.m. with an outdoor barbecue complete with live music performed by Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell & the Footprints Jazz Trio along with Carlos Jones & the Plus Band on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Demonstrating their commitment to social responsibility and Case Western Reserve, Bon Appétit will donate the foods and services for lunch for all volunteers.

    Community Projects
    Each year Case for Community Day features a variety of campus and community projects for volunteers to select.

    One includes a highly visible project with local artist Hector Vega, who will redesign a public mural at the University Circle Rapid Transit Station located at the bottom of Cedar Hill. Sponsored by Sherwin Williams and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), a battalion of 100 volunteers will help Vega paint the new mural comprised of 34 six-foot panels.

    In addition, the nearby park will receive a facelift with fresh paint, new landscaping, benches and picnic tables. A community garden will be established in the park for local residents and students living on the south side of campus. All materials for the mural and park are being donated by Sherwin Williams, RTA and landscaping partners of Case Western Reserve.

    "Case for Community day is a wonderful event that brings our campus and its neighbors together. I applaud all of the volunteers who have been involved in previous years, and encourage everyone to take part in the activities this September 19," said Snyder.

    Volunteers are needed for more than 50 service projects to assist in tasks identified by community agencies.

    For individuals unable to leave campus or their work areas, they can contribute through campus drives for school supplies for local school children, canned goods for the Cleveland Foodbank and blood for the American Red Cross.

    The campus can view a complete list of service opportunities beginning today and register as a volunteer. Registration closes on Friday, September 12, 2008.

    Charity Choice Campaign
    Created by the Staff Advisory Council in 2002, Case for Community Day also launches the university's annual Charity Choice Campaign to raise money for a federation of nonprofit organizations comprised of United Way, Earth Shares and Community Shares agencies. Since 2001, the university has donated nearly $1 million to the community. The campaign will continue through November.

    Service Grants
    As a new addition to the day's activities, Snyder will announce the winners of community service grants sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships. Campus members are encouraged to apply for funding for upcoming community service initiatives in 2008-09. Download the application. The deadline is September 2, 2008.

    Case Western Reserve University offers over 500 community outreach programs to nearly 600 community partners in the areas of academic, health, social service, community and economic development. As a campus, Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff and students invest approximately 400,000 hours of volunteer service each year; impact nine local school districts and 29 international countries. To learn more about how the university is engaged in the community, contact the Center for Community Partnerships at (216) 368-3909 or visit the Web site.

    For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

    September 18, 2008

    LINK First Meeting

    Thursday 18th, September 2008
    12:45pm – 1:45pm
    Room 323, MSASS

    September 18, 2008

    Student Medical Plan & University Health Services Forum

    At this forum, sponsored by the GSS, Aetna will give a presentation about the new student medical plan. In addition to this presentation, there will be a discussion session during which students may voice their opinions and concerns about the new plan. Please advertise this event to your fellow graduate students. Attached is a flier that you can print out and post. The forum will take place at 11:45 in DeGrace 312 on Thursday, September 18. Lunch will be provided.

    September 18, 2008

    Conference

    5th Annual Conference on Prostitution, Sex Work, & Human Trafficking
    Accepting Registration
    September 18th & 19th, 2008

    Please join us at the 5th Annual Conference on Prostitution, Sex Work, & Human Trafficking on September 18th & 19th, 2008.

    Purpose:
    To bring together researchers and practitioners in an effort to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy, and program development. To educate social service, health care, and criminal justice professionals on human trafficking and the needs and risks of those victimized by the commercial sex industry.

    Conference Location:
    The University of Toledo
    Student Union Rooms 2582, 2584, 2591
    2801 W. Bancroft St.
    Toledo, OH 43606

    Who Should Attend:
    This conference is open to survivors, researchers, practitioners, and
    workers in the social service, criminal justice, and health care fields.

    Registration available online.
    Cost: Early Registration Before September 1st - $100 for both days / $50 for 1 day / $20 for Students Late Registration After September 1st - $120 for both days / $60 for 1 day / $30 for Students

    Continuing Education Credits: The conference has been awarded 12
    continuing education credits for social work, mental health, counseling, CHES, ASSECT, RCH, and CLE's. With pending approval, up to 6 credits will be awarded for Nursing.

    September 16, 2008

    Mandel School's Student Leadership Council Social Event

    When: Tuesday, Sept 16, beginning 8pm
    Where: Barking Spider

    Details: First round of drinks on SLC!

    September 16, 2008

    Grading Policy Meeting

    If you are an MSASS student, first, 2nd year, Adv. Standing, IW or just concerned,
    Please join us Tuesday, September 16th at 12:45 in the Student Lounge to discuss and share about the new grading policy. Many students have voiced their concern in opposition to this new policy, and as social workers it is our job to advocate. Hope to see you there!

    *If you are unable to attend this meeting for any reason and would still like to express your opinion about this matter, please email your thoughts to us, The Mandel Council, or let us know in person!*

    September 16, 2008

    Announcing 3 American Red Cross Blood Drives on Case Campus!

    Were you aware that only 5 percent of eligible donors across the nation donate blood, but the number of transfusions nationwide increases by 9 percent every year? –Mayo Clinic

    Blood Drive #1
    Date/Time: Tuesday, 9/16/2008 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Case Western Reserve University
    Thwing Center - Ballroom

    Blood Drive #2
    Date/Time: Wednesday, 9/17/2008 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Case Western Reserve University
    Thwing Center - Ballroom

    Blood Drive #3
    Date/Time: Friday, 9/17/2008 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Case Western Reserve University
    Thwing Center - 1914 Room

    What you can do in advance: Making an appointment is easy. Click Here
    Click on the link above or below. Once you get to the website enter your email address and date of birth. If you have used the online appointment system before, your information will display for your approval. If you have not used our online system before, you can fill out the form with some basic information that the blood bank will need. Then click the "Continue and View Blood Drives" button. You will see the blood drive(s). If you went to the site without using the link and don't see our drive, enter Casewestern where it asks for the sponsor code. Click the circle to the left of the day you would like your appointment. On the next page, pick a time. Then you will receive an email confirming your appointment.
    Click Here now to make your appointment! Be advised that the actual blood donation usually takes less than 10 minutes. The entire process, from when you sign in to the time you leave, can take up to 45 minutes.

    Questions and Comments:
    Brett A. Hoover
    American Red Cross - CWRU Site Director
    bhoover14@gmail.com

    September 13, 2008

    MSASS Community Service and Social Event for the Day

    ~First Mandel Council Community Service Event. 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Hyacinth Park. The event is a park celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. There will also be a petting zoo there for the children of the community. It will mainly consist of helping children during the petting zoo, staffing the food tables, passing out programs, etc. Please RSVP to The Mandel Council by 5p.m. on Wednesday, 9/10, so that we can get a count of those attending.

    ~First Mandel Council Social Event. 7:30pm at Johnny Malloy's for an MSASS social. *Other graduate professional organizations are more than welcome to attend either the Community Service Event and/or the Social.*

    September 12, 2008

    Annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture

    Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of the critically acclaimed
    book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the
    Bronx, will discuss her writings as the featured speaker for the fourth annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture. The free, public event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 12, in Severance Hall.

    September 12, 2008

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    In this Update:

  • Data Features: 2006 Business Patterns and July 2008 Public Assistance Data
  • New Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Municipal Profiles
  • NEO CANDO Survey

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  • September 10, 2008

    Identity Fraud Lecture

    Identity fraud affects millions of new victims each year. Join fellow
    alumni and Liberty Mutual experts for lunch and a free seminar on
    reducing the risks of becoming an identity fraud victim from noon to 1
    p.m., Wednesday, September 10, at the Alumni House. Lunch will be
    provided by the Office of Alumni Relations. To register, contact Emily
    Cole at 368-3085.

    September 10, 2008

    Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch

    When: Wednesday, September 10, 12:30 p.m.
    Where: MSASS, Second Floor Atrium

    You are invited to a brown bag lunch with Margaret Denk-Leigh, Assistant Professor and Printmaking Department Head at The Cleveland Institute of Art, who will be discussing the techniques and influences used in her show 45 Works on Paper: Print Exhibition.

    Ms. Denk-Leigh's lithographs can be viewed on the first and second floors of the Mandel School. The exhibit runs until October 6, 2008.

    For more information on Ms. Denk-Leigh's exhibit, please visit:
    http://blog.case.edu/msass/2008/08/15/margaret_denkleigh.html#more

    Also, don't miss Pamelinda O'Keefe's exhibit of 30 oil pastel works on the third floor. Ms. O'Keefe's work will be on display on the third floor until October 6, 2008.

    For more information and to suggest future exhibitions, please contact
    June Hund and Kristen Kirchgesler at (216) 368-2302 or at
    artonthewalls@case.edu.

    September 09, 2008

    SLAM Meeting

    Initial meeting for interested members. The third floor commons area from 1p.m. to 2p.m.

    September 09, 2008

    Affiliation code more efficiently tracks consumer outcomes, IDDT effectiveness

    debhrouda.jpgThe IDDT Affiliation Code Initiative gives agency providers, county boards, and State of Ohio stakeholders the capacity to collect data and to examine indicators and outcomes systematically. . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW, and community partner David C. Ross, MA, LPCC, of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County.)

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    September 09, 2008

    Mandel Council Full Body Meeting

    Mandel Council 1st Full-Body Meeting & Organization Interest Meeting

    When: 12:45-1:45p.m.
    Where: MSASS Room 320BC

    Everyone is invited and welcome!

    September 09, 2008

    Mandel Council Full Body Meeting

    Mandel Council 1st Full-Body Meeting & Organization Interest Meeting

    When: 12:45-1:45p.m.
    Where: MSASS Room 320BC

    Everyone is invited and welcome!

    September 07, 2008

    Analytic Flicks!

    When: Sunday, September 7 at 7:30pm
    Where: Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, Height's Medical Building at 2460 Fairmount Boulevard, Suite 312, Cleveland Heights (Cedar-Fairmount)
    Details: Center's Library, "Elegy", director Isabel Coixet (adapted from the Philip Roth novel "The DYing Animal" will be discussed.

    Description: Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life-which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood"-thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

    *The group gathers on the first Sunday evening per month in the Center's library to discuss a film from a psychoanalytic perspective.*

    (For the building's outside back door code, please call Debbie Morse at 216-229-5959, ext 103, or email dmorsecpc@sbcglobal.net)

    September 04, 2008

    ACLU Community Shares 23rd Annual Campaign Kickoff

    When: 09.04.08 | thursday | 11:00 a.m.
    Where: Rotunda, Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland

    Join Community Shares to celebrate the kickoff of its 23rd annual campaign. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and City Councilmen Anthony Brancatelli, Joe Cimperman, Jay Westbrook and Matt Zone will speak about the importance of Shares to Cleveland.

    The ACLU of Ohio Foundation is a proud member of Community Shares, along with 36 other progressive non-profit organizations working for real change. Shares provides an easy, effective way for people, through gifts at work, to support the social justice missions of organizations like the ACLU.

    Representatives from Community Shares members, including the ACLU, will have booths with literature available for those interested in learning more about the organizations.

    Make the leap on September 4 to show your support of the ACLU and Community Shares! Mingle with like-minded colleagues who support social justice for all!

    For information about other ACLU events, click here.
    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.
    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    September 04, 2008

    Act III

    Special Time, Special Topic

    When: September 4, 4-5:00pm
    Where: 309 Thwing

    Featuring "The State of Health Care in the U.S." presentation and facilitated discussion by Dr. Nancy Johnson

    September 02, 2008

    WISER Kick-off

    Come Check it Out!

    Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 8:00 pm in the 1914 Lounge in Thwing

    Join us for pizza and snacks to learn more about WISER, the mentoring program and help plan our activities and events for the year!

    WISER---Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable. The goal of WISER is to promote the academic excellence of people, particularly women, pursuing science at CWRU by building a learning community and by giving them the tools they need to succeed. WISER provides a peer and professional mentoring program, educational/professional opportunities, and networking/social events.

    September 02, 2008

    NEO CANDO: self registration and log in

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    To sustain NEO CANDO as a free resource to the community, we are now requiring self-registration and login in to access the Social and Economic Data and Quick Profiles in NEO CANDO. We have been using this login successfully for the past 2 years on the Property Data section. If you have already registered to use the Property Data you do not need to self register again.

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    September 02, 2008

    Graduate Student Major League Night

    The Cleveland Indians versus the Kansas City Royals

    When: Friday, September 12th
    Details: Game Starts at 7:05pm
    Tickets $10
    Post-GameFireworks
    Contact gssvp@case.edu or visit gss.case.edu for more information

    Ticket Sales Locations

    T 8/26 Tech Fee Forum – Rockefeller 301 12-1pm
    W 8/27 BRB Lobby 12-1pm
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    Early Bird Special: All-You-Can-Eat Picnic
    Join the Graduate Student Senate on the Indian's Patio from 6-8pm
    Adults: $25 Children (under 14): $15 (ticket included in price)

    Must purchase your tickets by September 2nd to get the special!
    M 9/1 Labor Day Holiday
    T 9/2 Nord Hall 12-1pm LAST DAY FOR SPECIAL
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    M 9/8 Nord Hall 12-1pm
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    R 9/11 Welcome Back BBQ – Case Quad 11:30-1pm
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    Limited quantity available. Ticket sales to continue until sold out.Brought to you by the Activities Committee of:

    http://gss.case.edu

    August 29, 2008

    Advisory committee enthused by readiness assessments, integration of new service model with IDDT

    ashtrayphoto.jpgThe advisory committee meeting of the Ohio Tobacco and Recovery Project was held at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus this past spring. Mental health organizations around Ohio are getting ready to implement components of the new Tobacco and Recovery model.

    (Featuring Mandel School graduate Patrick E. Boyle.)

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    August 28, 2008

    Shawnee Mental Health Center uses follow-along and gadgets to encourage consumers to kick the habit

    tobaccorowphoto.jpgThe Shawnee Mental Health Center not only serves three of the poorest, most rural regions in Ohio--Lawrence, Scioto, and Adams counties--with mental health and tobacco recovery services, but it also lies in the heart of tobacco country, making the notion of kicking the habit seem less doable than flicking a cigarette butt across the Ohio River.

    (Featuring community partner Flash Phipps of Portsmouth, Ohio.)


    | learn more & listen to audio |

    August 15, 2008

    Margaret Denk-Leigh

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    45 Works on Paper: Print Exhibition
    Exhibit Dates: August 13 - October 6, 2008

    Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch - September 10
    12:30 p.m., Second Floor Atrium

    Maggie Denk-Leigh is an Assistant Professor and Printmaking Department Head at The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she has been an instructor for the last nine years. She also is the Board Treasurer of the Morgan Conservatory. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking, Design and Business from Xavier University and her Masters of Fine Arts from Clemson University in South Carolina.

    read more »

    August 15, 2008

    Pamelinda O'Keefe

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    Oil Pastels on Sandpaper
    Exhibit Dates: August 13 - October 6, 2008

    Pamelinda O’Keefe’s show displays 30 prints depicting common objects enlivened with bold lines and bright colors. Inspired during a particularly gray day in February, O’Keefe felt compelled to create colorful images to counteract the dreariness of that time of year.

    read more »

    August 15, 2008

    Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Municipal Profile


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    These profiles summarize key data pertinent to the early childhood population in Cuyahoga County’s communities. This is provided as a reference tool that may be helpful in understanding community needs and existing services for children. A version of this profile was originally developed by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development for Invest in Children. Invest in Children, administered by the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners, is a community-wide public/private partnership working together to help increase the development, funding, visibility, and impact of early childhood services in Cuyahoga County. The common goal of these partners is to make sure that all children have quality services available to them, which assist in their earliest developmental years and ensure they enter kindergarten healthy, happy, and ready to learn. Click here to view sources for indicators in the profiles.

    read more »

    July 30, 2008

    NEO CANDO Updates: Social and Economic Data

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    Data Sources Recently Updated:

  • 2007 Population Estimates (Data Feature)
  • 2006 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Data
  • 2007 Cleveland Police Data
  • 2008 Quarter 2 United States Postal Service (USPS) Vacancy Data

    read more »

  • July 29, 2008

    Ohio SAMI CCOE emphasizes need for focused clinical supervision, provides useful methods (Part 1)

    Kruzsynski-9_07.jpgRic Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, provides consultation to mental-health and substance-abuse service agencies about the effectiveness of real-time clinical supervision in the community.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    July 22, 2008

    Linda Carlson equips Ohio supervisors with practical strategies for managing service teams

    Linda Carlson.jpgEleven people representing eight organizations throughout the Buckeye State attended the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE’s outcomes-based management training. The event gave service team leaders methods for promoting competitive employment among people with severe mental illness.

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    July 15, 2008

    NEO CANDO Survey

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    Let us know how we are doing! Please take the NEO CANDO survey by clicking the following link:
    http://neocando.case.edu/survey

    There are also links to the survey on the NEO CANDO home page under "NEO CANDO features" and the "Questions and Comments" section on the left.

    Your feedback is valuable to the improvement and maintenance of the system.

    If you took the last survey, you can still take this one.

    The survey will be available through July 31.

    read more »

    July 13, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: July 2008

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    Over the past few months the following data sources have been updated:
    Social and Economic Data:

  • Public Assistance, Second Quarter (April, 2008)
  • USPS (postal service) vacancy data (First quarter, 2008) [commercial and residential are now available as seperate counts]
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District data on Proficiency Test (2006-2007 school year)
  • IRS data on tax returns (2005)

    Property Data:

  • 2007 Property Characteristics and Tax Bill info
  • Property transfer (sales) data are available through May 31, 2008

    read more »

  • July 10, 2008

    Dean's Letter May 2008

    Dear Alumni and Friends of MSASS,

    The month of May is a busy time at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. As I write, students are in the midst of final examinations, class presentations, and group projects. This is a stellar group of students. Several weeks ago, we hosted a “thank you” luncheon for students to meet some of the people who provided scholarships to them for this academic year. Our guests were greatly impressed by the students’ work at MSASS, their field placements and with their goals. Our alumni, too, are impressive. Local agencies routinely seek out MSASS graduates when they are looking for social workers with exceptional skill and knowledge. Your School is known for educating the very best in professional social work and in helping to shape public policy through applied research.

    read more »

    July 09, 2008

    Cleveland Free Times: Cites Center in "Tatered"

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    Tattered: Rampant Foreclosures Have Torn The Very Fabric Of The Region
    By Dan Harkins

    An article in the Cleveland Free times, Volume 15, Issue 62 Published July 9th, 2008, quotes poverty Center research in its detailed assessment of one neighborhood's experience with foreclosures and shrinkage.

    "According to a study released late last month by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case, 'Even when they are compared with whites of similar income, [African Americans'] rates of receiving high-cost subprime loans are two to four times higher. Racial segregation and disparities in the loan products African Americans receive play in a highly significant spatial concentration of foreclosures that brings down surrounding property values and further fuels the foreclosure process.'

    read more »

    July 01, 2008

    Aravindhan Natarajan and Moon Choi

    Exhibit Dates: June 30 - August 8, 2008.

    This summer the Gallery @ MSASS is displaying the works of Aravindhan Natarajan and Moon Choi, current Ph.D. students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS). Even though their artistic expression is completely different from each other, they both share common threads in their work. These threads include being self taught, traveling extensively, and documenting their individual understanding of life events through their art.

    read more »

    June 23, 2008

    Pathways to Foreclosure

    Pathways to Foreclosure

    New Poverty Center report examines circumstances most likely to lead a property to foreclosure

    Foreclosure rates in Northeast Ohio have grown exponentially in recent years and present unprecedented challenges for communities, governments and households. Subprime lending has also increased markedly as a proportion of all mortgage loans originated in the region during this period and is widely believed to have played an important role in the current foreclosure crisis.

    read more »

    June 13, 2008

    Family programs, staff retention challenge IDDT providers to explore innovations

    Jeremy Evenden.jpgCommunity partners at the Northeast IDDT Regional Stakeholders meeting shared challenges to and emerging solutions for implementing and sustaining family psychoeducational programs. (Featuring Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW.)

    | read more & listen to audio |

    May 28, 2008

    Center creates regional stakeholder meetings to disseminate lessons-learned in Ohio

    Mary Ann Hastings.jpgThe Ohio Supported Employment(CCOE) hosted the first Regional Stakeholders Meeting in the state. These meetings help professionals from multiple service systems promote competitive employment among people with severe mental illness. (Featuring Mary Ann Hastings of the Ohio SE CCOE.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    May 20, 2008

    ACLU event

    Town Hall Meeting on Ohio's Death Penalty System
    Date: Tuesday, May 20
    Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

    Capital punishment in the United States is fraught with problems: botched executions, arbitrary and unfair administration, cruel and unusual punishment, ineffective mode of punishment.
    Join in the conversation of the current state of the death penalty in Ohio. Topics of discussion will include:
    Review of ABA Examination of Ohio's Death Penalty System
    Applications for the Death Penalty in Ohio
    Case Law Update
    Trends in Capital Cases
    For more information, and to make a reservation click here.
    This event is free of charge. Two CLE credit hours are available.
    Sponsored by Criminal Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and The University of Akron School of Law.

    May 14, 2008

    Lobby Day for Equality 2008

    Date: 05.14.08, Wednesday
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Hyatt on Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus

    Join hundreds of activists from across the state to talk with your elected officials about equal rights for ALL Ohioans regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    We'll ask legislators to support the Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA), a piece of bipartisan legislation that was introduced in March 2008. The EHEA will prohibit discrimination against LGBT Ohioans in employment, housing and public accommodations.
    Because appointments will be scheduled with your legislator, you must register to attend. Registration with lunch is $10.
    Registration closes May 1, 2008, so click here or call (614) 224-0400 to reserve a spot now.

    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.
    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    May 13, 2008

    COMMENCEMENT, Sunday, May 18, 2008

    University Convocation, Veale Center, 9:30 a.m.
    Speaker: Craid Newmark, founder of craigslist

    Diploma Ceremony, Temple-Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Noon

    Graduation Reception at MSASS immediately following the diploma ceremony

    May 12, 2008

    MINT initiative helps set agenda for future of motivational interviewing in Ohio

    Christina M. Delos Reyes.jpgThree staff members of the Ohio SAMI CCOE participated in a three-day international Motivational Interviewing Network Training (MINT). The CCOE is participating in this initiative to add to the pool of advanced MI consultants and trainers in Ohio. The training was conducted by William R. Miller, Ph.D. and Theresa Moyers, Ph.D. (Featuring Patrick E. Boyle, MSSA ('89), LISW, LICDC, and Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    May 09, 2008

    Annual conference proves that commitment to Supported Employment continues to grow in Ohio, throughout nation

    Gary Bond.jpgThe annual conference of the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE drew close to 200 participants from throughout Ohio and 10 additional states, demonstrating the growing national interest in this evidence-based practice. (Featuring Gary Bond, Ph.D., of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.)

    | learn more & listen to audio |

    May 08, 2008

    Two Generations of Youth Activism

    The ACLU of Ohio is hosting a discussion on the important role youth play in protecting civil liberties.

    Date: Thursday, May 8
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center, 4506 Chester Ave., Cleveland

    Join iconic symbol of youth activism Mary Beth Tinker and current youth activist Jonathan Lykes for a discussion of the importance of young people being involved.
    Tinker fought for her rights to freedom of speech and expression in the precedent setting case Tinker v. Des Moines in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that students retained these rights while in school.
    Lykes is a student at Shaw High School who helped found Youth Voices for Justice, a statewide action group that promotes student political activism. He is also the winner of the 2008 National ACLU Youth Activist Award.

    This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.
    To RSVP click on the button above or call (216) 472-2220.
    For more information regarding this event and others, visit our website at www.acluohio.org.

    May 04, 2008

    Analytic Flick!

    Date:Sunday, May 4th
    Time:7:30pm
    Location:Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

    Feature: Married Life, dir. Ira Sachs, (2008).

    Tagline: Do you know what really goes on in the mind of the person with whom you sleep?

    Plot Outline: A 1940s-set drama where an adulterous man plots his wife's death instead of putting her through the humiliation of a divorce.

    Join us for a lively film discussion of the film "Married Life." The film is currently now playing at the Cedar Lee in Cleveland. Please feel free to bring friends and colleagues: we welcome many approaches and viewpoints.

    If you need more information please contact Debbie Morse at
    dmorsecpc@sbcglobal.net or go to http://www.psychoanalysiscleveland.org/friends.htm

    Discussants are Ingrid Geerken, PhD, Professor of English at Oberlin College and Psychotherapist and Jeffrey Pence, PhD, Professor & Director of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College

    April 30, 2008

    MSASS Information Session, Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

    Opportunity for prospective students to chat with MSASS faculty and attend two presentations: Journey to MSASS and Financial Aid.

    April 29, 2008

    Rap Sessions: Politics and Hip-Hop

    Date: Tuesday, 4.29.08
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Trinity Cathedral Commons
    2330 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
    Entrance to the program and free parking is accessible through the Prospect Street entrance of Trinity Commons.

    Have you ever wondered what political issues matter most to the hip-hop generation?

    Young people, do you want to learn how you can mobilize the hip-hop vote?

    Join hip-hop scholars, voting experts, youth and city leaders for a conversation about hip-hop and politics.
    Program panelists include:
    Bakari Kitwana, the executive director of Rap Sessions and moderator of the discussion, is the author of The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture

    Rosa Clemente is the Executive Director of REACH Hip-Hop and an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

    Billy Wimsitt is the co-founder of the League of Pissed off Voters and author of Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons. Best known in hip-hop circles as Chicago graffitti writer, Upski he is also the co-editor of How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office.

    M-1 also goes by the name Mutulu Olugbala. The last name he shares with his rhyme comrade comes from the Yoruba culture and means "for the love of people." M-1's political consciousness was sparked when he read Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

    Maya Rockeymoore is CEO of Global Policy Solutions and adjunct professor in the Women in Politics Institute at American University. She is the author of The Political Action Handbook: A How to Guide for the Hip-Hop Generation.

    Carrie Davis, is the lobbyist and staff attorney for the ACLU of Ohio. Prior to her work with the ACLU she worked for the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
    This event is free and open to the public.
    Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling (216) 472-2200 or by clicking on the link above.
    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.
    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    April 26, 2008

    Psychoanalytic workshop

    Dr. Yanof will give a free workshop on "Infertility - Alternative Ways to Parenting, Struggles and Delights"
    Date: Saturday, April 26
    Location: Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center's library, 2460 Fairmount Blvd., Suite 312
    Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Learning objectives:
    (1) to have an exchange of ideas among professionals on the topic about the complexities of conception and the various ways to achieve it today.
    (2) To explore the psychological complexities of using alternative ways of conception to achieve parenting.
    (3) to explore the variety of meaning to children that being conceived
    through alternative methods has & how children master the challenges.

    CEU's are offered at the minimal cost stated above. Please RSVP to me for seating at the workshop by Thursday, April 24, 2008.

    April 25, 2008

    Psychoanalytic lecture

    Judith Yanof, M.D., training and supervising analyst and child supervisor at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, will present her paper entitled, "The Shifting Sands of Gender: Thoughts about Gender in Psychoanalysis" is not for distribution.
    Date: Friday, April 25
    Time: 8:15 pm
    Location: RB&C Amphitheater

    Learning objectives:
    (1) to gain a psychoanalytic understanding of gender.
    (2) to learn multiple ideas about gender development in psychoanalysis.
    (3) to learn how one works with gender psychoanalytically.

    This meeting is free and open to the public. Cost for continuing education credits is $30.00 (2 credits) for persons who are neither Active, Affiliate nor Candidate members of the Center and $20.00 for Center members.

    On Friday before the presentation there will be a dinner, in a private room, at Nighttown Restaurant at 12387 Cedar Road beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Please pre-register with Debbie Morse at 216-229-5959 with your dinner selection, any dietary restrictions, and if you're requesting CEU credits by Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

    Dinner selections:
    Chicken Marsala - boneless chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms in a
    Marsala wine sauce, served with rice pilaf & fresh vegetable.

    Veal Meatloaf - prepared with Grade A veal, served with Madeira mushroom
    sauce, mashed potato & fresh vegetables.

    Dublin Lawyer - lobster meat sautéed in mild cayenne butter with mushrooms,
    scallions, Irish whiskey and cream, served with rice pilaf.

    Dinner salad, dessert, and specified beverages are also included for a cost of $35.00 per person.

    April 24, 2008

    The Clothsline Project

    The Clothesline Project honors women survivors as well as victims of
    intimate violence. Any woman who has experienced such violence, at any
    time in her life, is encouraged to come forward and design a shirt.
    Victim's families and friends are also invited to participate. It acts
    as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it
    becomes a healing tool for anyone who makes a shirt - by hanging the
    shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn
    their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away;
    finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to
    understand that they are not alone.

    Take Back the Night: Rally & March
    Date: April 24th
    Time:9:00 p.m.
    Location: Thwing Center Atrium

    Contact Katie Hanna for more information.
    www.case.edu/provost/centerforwomen
    www.case.edu/provost/sexualconduct

    April 24, 2008

    Take Back the Night March

    Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008
    Times:Rally at 5:30 PM, Keller Commons
    March at 8:00 PM, Keller Commons
    Speak out at 9:30PM, Lombardo Student Center Atrium
    National Day of Silence at 11:00 PM, Lombardo Student Center
    Location: John Carroll University

    Questions??? Please email Ryan Knotts, Coordinator for Developmental
    Programming or call 216.397.1973

    April 23, 2008

    "A Level Playing Field"

    Join Equality Ohio, Plexus and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron's Social Action Committee for:
    "A Level Playing Field"
    A Town Hall Meeting on Discrimination in the Workplace
    Date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron
    3300 Morewood Rd
    Akron, OH 44333
    Cost: This event is free

    Join Equality Ohio, Plexus and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron's Social Actioin Committee for a conversation about the real impact of discrimination against the LGBT Community in housing, public accommodations and employment. A panel of experts on local and state discrimination laws, as well as individuals who have suffered discrimination, will examine the impact on the LGBT Community and the economy of Ohio. Moderated by Prof. Susan Becker, Charles R. Emrick Jr.-Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
    Participants (subject to change):
    • Drew Small, Ernst & Young & Plexus
    • Chris Royer, Esq.
    • Karen Vekasy
    • Kim Welter, Equality Ohio .

    April 23, 2008

    Testing, Testing!

    Examining HIV Testing Policy and Implementation
    Date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    Time: 9am to 4:30pm
    Location: 3210 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

    There are openings available for the workshop – Testing, Testing:
    Examining HIV Testing Policy and Implementation - on Wednesday, April
    23rd, 2008, from 9am to 4:30pm at 3210 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.
    This 1-Day workshop provided by the HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity
    Building Initiative (CBI) of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland is designed to update clinic managers, health educators, social workers,and others who are interested in HIV testing implementation, including topics such as local HIV testing resources, partner notification, HIV testing policy in Ohio, and HIV testing integration into family planning.
    Six CEU and/or RCH credits will be available for counselors, social
    workers, marriage and family therapists, and chemical dependency
    professionals.
    The fee for the 1-Day Workshop is $35; we are generously supported by a grant from the HIV/AIDS Unit of the Cleveland Department of Public
    Health. To reserve your spot, please mail or fax the attached registration form, or send an email with the following information:

    * Full Name/Title
    * Agency Name
    * Mailing Address
    * Daytime Phone

    Write us an email or call (216) 621-0766 x254. Upon receipt of payment
    you will receive a confirmation letter.

    April 22, 2008

    The Clothsline Project

    The Clothesline Project honors women survivors as well as victims of
    intimate violence. Any woman who has experienced such violence, at any
    time in her life, is encouraged to come forward and design a shirt.
    Victim's families and friends are also invited to participate. It acts
    as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it
    becomes a healing tool for anyone who makes a shirt - by hanging the
    shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn
    their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away;
    finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to
    understand that they are not alone.

    Supporting Survivors, presented by the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
    Date: April 22nd
    Time: 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, 309 Thwing Center

    Contact Katie Hanna for more information.
    www.case.edu/provost/centerforwomen
    www.case.edu/provost/sexualconduct

    April 22, 2008

    ACLU event

    Date: 4.22.08, Tuesday
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Parma South Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
    7335 Ridge Rd., Parma

    The ACLU of Ohio has launched a series of programs throughout Cuyahoga County focusing on threats to civil liberties since 9/11. The next talk will feature local national security expert Frank Kunstel.

    In times of unprecedented surveillance, unconscionable torture and unchecked government secrecy, Kunstel will answer the question, “Can Americans really be safe AND free?”

    The event is free and open to the public. Reservations suggested.
    To RSVP, click the link above or call (216) 472-2220.

    April 22, 2008

    In the Continuum with Discussion

    MetroHealth is pleased to announced its sponsorship of Cleveland Public Theatre's production of in the Continuum. The powerful In the Continuum -- a timely and often underexposed topic. Living worlds apart in South Central, LA and Zimbabwe, two young women experience a bizarre weekend of darkly comic, life altering revelations. With two actors playing dozens of roles, In the Continuum promises to engage audiences in its story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.

    The performance will be followed by a question & answer session led by
    Dr. Kalayjian, MetroHealth’s Director of Infectious Disease, and Earl
    Pike, Executive Director of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

    In the Continuum
    Date: April 22
    Time: 4:00 PM
    Place: MetroHealth Medical Center - 2500 MetroHealth Drive
    Cost: FREE
    RSVP: REQUIRED

    April 22, 2008

    Let's Talk Politics!

    The election and issues surrounding it. Political Literacy Discussion led by Dr. Marvin Rosenberg. 12:45-1:30pm in MSASS Room 112.

    April 21, 2008

    In the Continuum

    A Theater Event
    Opens Saturday, April 12, 2008, through May 3.
    Cleveland Public Theater, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 44102
    Performance
    The powerful In the Continuum explores the devastating problem of AIDS
    among African and African-American women -- a timely and often
    underexposed topic. Living worlds apart in South Central, LA and
    Zimbabwe, two young women experience a bizarre weekend of darkly comic, life altering revelations. With two actors playing dozens of roles, In The Continuum promises to engage audiences in its story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.

    In the Continuum is presented in part by The Richard J. Fasenmyer
    Foundation in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the AIDS Taskforce of
    Greater Cleveland. For more information, visit the CPT website.

    Special Exhibit
    CPT is proud to present the companion exhibition: "Giving Women Power
    Over AIDS" in the CPT Bookstore.
    The exhibit will be open 90 minutes before curtain and 60 minutes after each performance of In the Continuum, as well as select afternoons. Stay tuned for more detailed exhibit hours.
    Created by The Global Campaign for Microbicides, an international
    coalition working to accelerate access to new HIV prevention options.
    Microbicides refers to a range of products that share one common
    characteristic: the ability to prevent sexual transmission of HIV and
    other sexually transmitted infections when applied topically. The
    exhibit features an adaptation of "In Her Mother's Shoes" a photo essay that tells the story of Martha, one of 11 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa and also provides an overview of microbicide research and development and the global need for new prevention technologies.

    Check out http://www.cptonline.org/ for details and tickets!

    April 21, 2008

    Take Back the Night Week

    The first Take Back the Night march was held in Belgium in 1976 and has since spread across the world. The march demands that women have “the right to move freely in their communities at day and night without harassment and sexual assault.” The purpose of the march is to speak out against violence against women and raise community awareness as a preventative measure against future violence.

    Kelly Addington & Rebecca Tieder present: “Let’s Talk About ‘IT!’”
    Monday, April 21, 2008 at 7:00 PM
    John Carroll University, Kulas Auditorium, Administration Building

    Co-sponsored by Greek Life, the Program in Applied Ethics,
    Developmental Programming, and the Take Back the Night Week Planning
    Committee

    April 19, 2008

    CASE Service Days

    The purpose of Service Days is to give students the opportunity to contribute to the local community at least one day a semester. Saturdays of Service include various service opportunities throughout the city.
    Past events included tutoring young students, visiting senior centers, cleaning out a thrift store, and other projects. Transportation is provided to sites that are not in walking distance.
    For more information check out:
    http://studentaffairs.case.edu/civicengagement/service/servicedays.html

    April 18, 2008

    Commencement

    April 18, 2008

    The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center & Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) present...

    "Computer Jeopardy: Internet Crimes Against Children"
    Today's children and families face many dangers related to exploitation and assault made possible by the internet. Learn more about how the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center & SART respond to these crimes; best practices regarding internet safety; the explosive effect the internet has had on child pornography; how those responsible are held accountable; and innovative community programs to protect our children.
    Attend for the whole day (9-3) or just for the special luncheon awards program (11:30-1) where dedication and commitment to serving survivors of sexual violence in our community is recognized by presenting awards to:
    Richard A. Bell, Community Justice Chief, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
    Fred M. DeGrandis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals
    Sex Crimes Unit, Division of Police, City of Cleveland
    Presenters represent Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

    WHEN:
    Friday, April 18, 2008
    9:00 am registration
    9:30 am-3:00 pm program
    WHERE:
    The Forum Conference Center
    1375 East 9th Street
    Cleveland, OH 44113
    COST/CEUs:
    $15 - lunch program & materials only
    $40 - includes lunch, materials & CEUs
    To register email Dan Clark, danc@clevelandrcc.org or call 216-619-6194 ext. 104.

    April 17, 2008

    Moliere's Tartuffe

    Eldred Theater presents Molieres' classic French comedy, Tartuffe, at 8 p.m., April 11-12 and April 17-19, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m., April 13 and 20. This outrageous comedy attacks religious hypocrisy. Translated into English. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case Western Reserve personnel, and $5 for students.

    April 17, 2008

    Can Women Ever Become Modern?

    New Directions in Thinking about Gender, Science and Modernity
    Presented by Dr. Sandra Harding
    4:30-6:30
    Mandel Center, Room 115

    The familiar response to this question is that women already are modern in developed, industrialized societies; it is to be hoped that the rest of the world’s women, and their brothers, join them as rapidly as possible. Yet critics point out that modernity, its sciences and their philosophies, have invariably been defined against whatever counts as feminine and “primitive.” Are they right? If so, what is to be done?

    Dr. Sandra Harding is the author or editor of fifteen books and special journal issues, including Sciences from Below: Gender, Imperialism, and Modernity (2008). Harding’s groundbreaking work in The Science Question in Feminism (1986) and Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? (1991) has made these books classics in the philosophy of science. Harding taught at the University of Delaware prior to joining the faculty at UCLA and is a philosopher of science. She directed the UCLA Center for the Study of Women for almost five years, and co-edited Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, one of the most prestigious journals in Women’s Studies. Harding has lectured at over 200 universities and conferences around the world.

    Co-sponsored by NSF-ACES, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department, and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, and College Scholars. Harding is coming to us via a grant from the national association of Phi Beta Kappa, which covers some of the expenses of the visit.

    April 17, 2008

    Hard Hatted Women

    Hard Hatted Women: Come meet and learn from the Policy & Advocate Director of Hard Hatted Women, Kelly Kupcak. She will present information about the organization and their policy initiatives. Hard Hatted Women is dedicated to empowering women to achieve economic independence. HHW works to ensure equity for women through training, education, advocacy, and supportive services. This is a great organization to be familiar with especially if you are working with women in the Cleveland area. 12:45-1:45pm in MSASS Room 323.

    April 16, 2008

    Research ShowCASE

    On April 16 and 17, 2008, hundreds of scientists and scholars will come together for two days of collaboration, creativity, and innovation. From real-world applications to critical insights to creative and intellectual activities, Research ShowCASE highlights the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research at Case.
    Don't miss Research ShowCASE and your opportunity to view some of the most exciting and important research being done on our campus, in Ohio, and in the world.
    Research ShowCASE is a free public exhibit and is held in Veale Convocation Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.
    Research ShowCASE is made possible by a grant from the Ohio State Board of Regents, and the generosity of our sponsors.

    April 15, 2008

    Post-test make-up session

    May graduate post-test MAKE-UP SESSION will be held at 4pm in Room 223. Attendance is taken at this event, and these post-tests MUST BE COMPLETED prior to your graduation. The information from the tests is used in the aggregate to help MSASS complete self-evaluation of our master's program. You also have the opportunity to grade your post-test licensure exam before you leave, and this could yield useful information.
    Contact Maureen Heffernan if you are unable to attend to create a plan for completion.

    April 15, 2008

    Let's Talk Politics!

    The election and issues surrounding it. Political Literacy Discussion led by Dr. Marvin Rosenberg. 12:45-1:30pm in MSASS Room 112.

    April 14, 2008

    Torture: A History of the Present

    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
    Moot Courtroom (A59)
    11075 East Blvd., Cleveland

    Since 2003, the ACLU has litigated for the release of records relating to the treatment of prisoners held in U.S. detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantánamo Bay. The documentation obtained makes clear the connection between the policies adopted by senior officials and the abuse taking place on the ground.
    Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, will talk about the litigation, the documents and the Bush administration's controversial torture policies.
    A graduate of Harvard Law School, Jaffer recently co-authored the book Administration of Torture. For more information about the ACLU’s efforts to end torture and restore the Constitution, click here.
    Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University’s Institute for Global Security Law & Policy, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call (216) 368-3600.
    "Event of Interest to ACLU Supporters" means you may like this event, but we are not responsible for the content.
    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.
    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    April 14, 2008

    MSASS Professor Rosenberg "Cold Storage" video offered free for use in training

    Mandel School is pleased to offer a DVD produced by Professor Marvin Rosenberg for use in training social work students, medical care providers, hospice volunteers and others serving people in the end stages of life.
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    April 10, 2008

    Flower, Farms, & Factories

    Flowers, Farms, and Factories: Workers’ Voices from Colombia, Cambodia, & Costa Rica
    Thursday April 10, 7-9pm
    Pilgrim Congregational Church
    2592 W. 14th (at Starkweather), Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood

    The U.S. is the largest retail market in the world. The people who make the products we buy are routinely subjected to exploitation and abuse: physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional. The flowers we give our loved ones, the bananas and pineapples we eat, and the clothes we wear all come at a very human cost.

    Join us for a panel discussion to hear personal stories of three courageous workers.
    Learn the real costs of the things we buy. Learn how we can make conscious consumer decisions and support the dignity of workers.

    April 10, 2008

    Distinguished Lecture

    Distinguished Lecture: National Trends in Foster Care and Adoption. Presentation by Dr. Penelope Maza. 2-4 p.m. in MSASS Room 320BC.

    April 10, 2008

    Faculty Colloquium Series

    Dr. Wally Gingerich on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and a review of the empirical evidence regarding the effectiveness of this method.idence regarding the effectiveness of this method.
    Time: 12:45pm
    Location: MSASS Room 320BC

    April 10, 2008

    2008/09 MSASS International Study Trips

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    Award Winning MSASS International Study/Travel 3 Credit Hour Courses (Spring) for Undergrad & Grad students being planned for 2008 & 2009

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    April 10, 2008

    Open Forum on Race and Gender: A campus wide conversation

    Faculty, staff, students and administrators are all invited to participate in an open conversation about race and gender as these topics become an increasing part of the national conversation concerning the presidential primary.
    Share your reactions, questions, concerns, and knowledge as we discuss, among other things, Senator Obama's speech on Race, an analysis of sexism in the media coverage of Senator Clinton, and the opportunity for dialog that this presents.

    Panelists from across the disciplines will be available to share their perspectives. Facilitated by Amanda Shaffer

    DATE:Thursday, April 10th 2008

    TIME: 11:30 - 1:00 pm

    LOCATION: 1914 Lounge, Thwing Center

    RSVP to amanda.shaffer@case.edu

    Coffee and cookies served, so feel free to bring your lunch.

    Co-sponsored by

    The Office of Faculty Diversity www.case.edu/president/aaction/aaeeo.html

    The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women www.case.edu/provost/centerforwomen/

    Please join us!

    April 10, 2008

    Faculty Colloquim Series

    Join us for the third lecture in popular Faculty Colloquium Series that showcases the many research projects being conducted by MSASS faculty. These one-hour lectures are held on selected Thursdays at lunch-time; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at MSASS in Room 320 B&C. There are no CEU’s for the faculty series.

    DATE: Thursday, April 10, 2008
    TIME: 12:45p.m. - 2p.m.
    LOCATION: Room 320 B&C

    Dr. Wally Gingerich on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and a review of the empirical evidence regarding the effectiveness of this method.

    April 09, 2008

    In the Continuum

    Time: 6:30pm, hors d'oeuvres; 8pm, performance
    Location: Cleveland Public Theatre Campus

    The AIDS Taskforce has a benefit coming up on Wednesday, April 9th , in conjunction with Cleveland Public Theatre. The event includes a reception, art installation, and tickets to a performance of "In the Continuum," a two-woman show that deals with the impact of HIV/AIDS on African and African American women.

    Thanks to the generous gift of an anonymous donor, tickets can now be offered at $35 to a limited number of guests who cannot afford the full ticket price. To reserve your ticket to this special benefit performance of In the Continuum, please call Sarah Stankorb, 216-357-2223 or email sstankorb@atfgc.org.

    We encourage students to take advantage of this generous opportunity!

    April 09, 2008

    *Campus Open Forums for Strategic Planning*

    Time: 5 – 6:30pm Evening Students (or those unable to attend during day hours)
    Location: Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 202

    April 09, 2008

    3rd Annual Freedom of Choice Ohio Prevention First Lobby Day!

    04.09.08 | Wednesday | 9:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.
    YWCA Columbus
    65 South Fourth St.

    Join pro-choice Ohioans to lobby for choice! Participants will learn about the Ohio Prevention First Act and other reproductive health legislation and join with others from their area to talk to their state legislators.

    The Ohio Prevention First Act focuses on prevention of unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sex education for teens, including abstinence and affordable, accessible birth control.

    It’s more important than ever for our elected officials to hear from pro-choice constituents. Because appointments will be scheduled with your legislator, you must register to attend.

    Registration is $10 before April 1 ($15 after) or $5 for students. To register, click here or call (614) 221-2594.

    Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.

    Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    April 08, 2008

    Youth Summit

    Building on the success of Youth Summit 2007, my colleagues and I are in the process of planning Mayor Frank G. Jackson's Youth Summit 2008, "Conduct, Character & Courage". Last year, with only five weeks to plan, more than 1,000 young people between the ages of 12 – 17 joined Mayor Jackson at the Convention Center to share thoughts and ideas on effective conduct, character and courage to keep them motivated to succeed, healthy, and safe. Presently, I am recruiting persons that specialize in working with young people to serve as Youth Summit Facilitators. Your names were selected because of your demonstrated dedication and commitment to working with and depositing into the lives of our young people...our future. Listed below you will find the logistical information. Please let me know if you are interested and available by Friday, April 4th.
    What: Mayor Frank G. Jackson's Youth Summit 2008
    Theme: Conduct Character & Courage
    When: Saturday, June 7th
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Where: Cleveland Convention Center

    April 08, 2008

    Let's Talk Politics!

    The election and issues surrounding it. Political Literacy Discussion led by Dr. Marvin Rosenberg. 12:45-1:30pm in MSASS Room 112.

    April 08, 2008

    Mandel Scholars' Presentation

    Mandel Scholars presentation to MSASS Community. Monica Bricker-Thompson will present “A Look at Our Infinite Identity,” while Jennifer Kennedy will present “Aging Out of Foster care: The Need for a Smoother Transition.” 12:45-1:45 p.m. in MSASS Room 320BC. Light refreshments will be provided.

    April 08, 2008

    *Campus Open Forums for Strategic Planning*

    Time: 11:30 – 1:00, Staff and Students
    Location: Ford Auditorium

    Time: 3:30 – 5:00 Faculty, Staff and Students – President Barbara Snyder attending
    Location: Ford Auditorium

    April 07, 2008

    From "Cityscapes" Interview Series: Thomas Sugrue

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    Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities "Cityscapes" Series. Claudia J. Coulton, of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, interviewed Thomas J. Sugrue, a visiting fellow from the University of Pennsylvania, and author of "The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit" (1996), will present "Jim Crow's Last Stand: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Suburban North" 29:28 min.

    View the Case Utube Video Here.

    April 04, 2008

    ACLU Night at the Great Lakes Theater Festival – The Crucible

    DATE: Friday, April 4
    TIME: 6:30 p.m. discussion; 7:30 p.m. performance
    LOCATION: Ohio Theater, Playhouse Square Center, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
    The Great Lakes Theater Festival’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible revisits the Salem witch-hunts of 1692. False accusations transform into mass hysteria, shaking the foundations of the community. Written as an allegory for the fear of communism, The Crucible has obvious parallels to today’s war on terror.
    ACLU Night at GLTF includes discounted tickets for ACLU members for the April 4 performance and a special pre-performance discussion, led by local political science professor, Charles Hersch.

    Discount tickets are available for $30.00. Contact the Great Lakes Theater Festival at 216-241-5490, ext. 301. Ask for the “ACLU Night” discount tickets. *All ticket sales are handled through Great Lakes Theater. Please do not contact the ACLU of Ohio to purchase tickets.

    April 04, 2008

    Persepolis

    Marjane Satrapi, graphic novelist and co-creator of the Academy Award-nominated animated film "Persepolis," will give a lecture at Case Western Reserve University's Amasa Stone Chapel, 19040 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH, at 4:30 p.m. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4. Her film with then be screened at 7:30 p.m. at the Institute's Cinemateque. The Cinemateque is at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

    April 04, 2008

    Poverty Center demonstration in KSL GIS Symposium

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    Kristen Mikelbank & Michael Schramm, presented a poster and a demo of NEO CANDO, the web-based social and property indicators data system, at The Kelvin Smith Library GIS Symposium, titled,

    "The NEO CANDO Database: How it can be Used to Help Understand the Surrounding Environment"

    Additional Authors: Tsui Chan and Claudia Coulton

    Abstract is available here.

    Download PDF of Poster

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    April 04, 2008

    Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems

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    Property data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development’s NEO CANDO serves as a primary tool in Neighborhood Progress, Inc’s (NPI) Strategic Investment Initiative. The SII land assembly team uses NEO CANDO data (including lists of blighted properties and parcel maps) to aid community development corporations (CDCs) in tracking effort and targeting neighborhoods for recovery projects, such as Slavic Village.

    Some of the work by NPI is featured in the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy publication Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems (Policy Focus Report) from March 2008.

    April 03, 2008

    Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Open House

    Interested in the Mandel Center's Certificate for Non-profit Management program? Learn more...
    Thursday, April 3, 2008
    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Mandel Center Building
    Room 115
    11402 Bellflower Road
    Cleveland, OH 44106

    April 01, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: February 2008 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through February 29, 2008 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

    April 01, 2008

    Allies' April Monthly Meeting

    DATE: Tuesday, April 1
    TIME: 5 p.m.
    LOCATION: MSASS Student Lounge

    Allies will meet. Everyone is welcome!

    April 01, 2008

    Clinical presentation

    You know you want a clinical career, but without experience, how?
    Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center's psychodynamic psychotherapy grads
    include numerous MSASS grads. Learn hands-on, gain a networking base,
    earn 2 years' worth of CEUs.
    Two 2007 MSASS grads have completed the program and are practicing
    therapists already. Join Debra Fink and Colleen Coakley, M.S.S.A from the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center on Tuesday, April 1st from 12:45-2:00 p.m. Room 320 A. This presentation counts for Professional Development hours. This event is sponsored by the Mandel Council and SLAM (Students Advocating for Mental Health). Questions? Contact Katie.Kurtz@case.edu

    March 31, 2008

    Dear Friends and Alumni of the Mandel School:

    Although we are geared toward the academic calendar at the Mandel School, a new year on the Roman calendar provides a natural opportunity for reflection and renewal, and I wanted to take a few moments to share with you some news and thoughts about where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

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    March 31, 2008

    Case Lecture

    DATE: Monday, March 31
    TIME: 1:30pm-3:30pm
    LOCATION: Wolstein Auditorium
    Women of the Medical School faculty. “Developing Your Negotiating Skills”

    March 28, 2008

    18th Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit

    DATE: Friday, March 28, 2008
    TIME: 7P.M.
    LOCATION: Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive in Mayfield Heights
    SPONSORED BY: Office of Multicultural Affairs

    The theme for this year's banquet is 'An Evening with Spike Lee'. Producer, director, actor. Spike Lee is no stranger to controversy for certain provocative elements in both his films and public statements, Lee often takes a critical look at race relations, political issues and urban crime and violence.

    This yearly event not only celebrates the notable accomplishments of our school's underrepresented students but also serves as an opportunity to recognize and award several scholarships, including the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Scholarship. In addition to the presentation, the evening's event includes dinner, which begins at 7:00pm and music featuring a live jazz band.
    Ticket prices for the Case and Cleveland communities are as follows:
    · $60 (1/28 – 2/15)
    · $70 (2/16 – 3/8)
    · $80 (3/9 – 3/21)
    · $100 (3/22 – 3/26)

    For event specifics, tickets, or departmental journaling information, please contact me at dlr21@case.edu or 216-368-2904 at the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

    March 28, 2008

    Movie showing

    DATE: Friday, March 28
    TIME: 6-8pm
    LOCATION: Room 320BC
    Movie "Trade," which is a movie about human trafficking, will be shown by MSASS students as part of a class project. Everyone is welcome!

    March 28, 2008

    MSASS Ranked #10 Nationwide

    U.S. News & World Report released the rankings of Social Work Schools March 28th. MSASS is ranked #1 in Ohio and #10 out of 182 schools.

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    March 27, 2008

    Music and Culture Lecture Series

    David Ake presents “Marginalizing the Center: Historiography and Jazz Education” Music and Culture Lecture Series.
    DATE: Thursday, March 27
    TIME: 4:30pm
    LOCATION:Harkness Chapel

    March 27, 2008

    CASE SERVES!

    DATE: Thursday, March 27
    TIME: 3:30pm
    LOCATION: East End Neighborhood House. Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 27, 2008

    Faculty Colloquium Series

    DATE: Thursday, March 27
    TIME: 12:45pm
    LOCATION: MSASS Room 320BC
    Dr. Lenore Kola on the work of the Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (SAMI CCOE) which is an MSASS partnership with the CWRU Department of Psychiatry and the School of Medicine.

    March 27, 2008

    Prints from Zygote Press Artists

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    Exhibit Dates: March 27 – May 19, 2008.

    Zygote Press was founded in 1995 by Elizabeth Maugans (BFA ’89 KSU) and Joe Sroka, joined later by Bellamy Printz and Kelly Novak, to provide print facilities for artists interested in creating fine prints. Since its inception, Zygote Press has grown to offer many additional educational programs and exhibition opportunities in its expanded facilities.

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    March 27, 2008

    Faculty Colloquim Series

    Join us again for the third lecture of popular Faculty Colloquium Series that showcases the many research projects being conducted by MSASS faculty. These one-hour lectures are held on selected Thursdays at lunch-time; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at MSASS in Room 320 B&C. There are no CEU’s for the faculty series.

    DATE: Thursday, March 27
    TIME: 12:45p.m.-2p.m.
    LOCATION: Room 320B&C

    Dr. Lenore Kola on the work of the Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (SAMI CCOE) which is an MSASS partnership with the CWRU Department of Psychiatry and the School of Medicine.

    March 27, 2008

    DISABILITY DIVERSITY TRAINING

    Thursday, March 27, 8:30am to Noon
    (Held at same site) Held at United Way of Lake County
    9285 Progress Parkway
    Mentor, OH 44060 These workshops are free of charge, but you must register in advance and will be charged a $25 fee for a no-show or late cancellation.
    You may register for one or more of the workshops.
    Send registration to:
    Madeline Gustin
    Catholic Charities Community Services
    8 North Street
    Suite 455
    Painesville, OH 44077
    440/946-7264

    March 26, 2008

    CASE SERVES!

    DATE: Wednesday, March 26
    TIME: 3:30pm-5:30pm
    LOCATION: Judson Manor/
    Judson Park, Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 26, 2008

    Robyn Ochs presents...

    Wednesday, March 26th 3-6pm The LGBT Center
    Youth activity & discussion, All 14-24 yrs Welcomed! FREE Chipolte Dinner Provided!

    March 26, 2008

    Social Work Licensing Workshop

    DATE: Wednesday, March 26
    TIME: 12:45pm
    LOCATION: MSASS Room 320BC

    March 26, 2008

    Robyn Ochs Presents...

    Wednesday, March 26th, 10-12pm at The LGBT Center.
    CEU approved workshop for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists, on "Working with Bisexual Clients",

    March 26, 2008

    FAITH MATTERS--CLEVELAND sponsors ADVOCACY TRAINING ON COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION AND TEENS

    You are invited to take part in an advocacy training for comprehensive sex education and on behalf of teens, sponsored by Faith Matters Cleveland. Faith Matters is a faith-based initiative designed to increase the number of congregations involved in helping teens make healthy choices around sex. Faith Matters Coordinator, Rev. Tony Minor, will lead the training.
    Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
    • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; lunch will be provided
    • Location: First United Methodist Church, 3001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

    Open to: Pastors, lay members, and faith-based service workers
    • To attend: RSVP by calling Namita at 216-961-8804, ex. 1206.
    • Background: The City of Cleveland recently reported that new infections of HIV, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia have been increasing in alarming rates among young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Clearly, there is an urgent need for people of faith to stand up on behalf of our young people to make sure that they receive the services that they need and deserve.
    • Purpose of the training: To motivate faith leaders to advocate for comprehensive sex education, and provide strategies for advocating within churches, denominations, with the general public and their elected officials.
    • Content: Participants will discuss:
    o the merits of comprehensive sex education and compare models that have been effective in helping teens
    o how to position and frame abstinence based approach within the context of comprehensive sex education.
    • Results:
    o Participants will develop an advocacy workplan to begin advocating for more effective services for our youth in their communities and with elected officials.
    o Participants will be invited to advocate in support of the Ohio Prevention First Act on Lobby Day, April 9th.
    • Preparation: All participants are asked to complete the attached Advocacy Questionnaire so we can help you develop an Advocacy Work plan.
    • Questions? Contact Rev. Minor at 216-640-6075 or rev_minor@yahoo.com .

    March 25, 2008

    LGBT Event

    DATE: Tuesday, March 25
    TIME; 7-9pm
    LOCATION: Thwing Center, Spartan Room
    Beyond Binaries: Identities and the Sexuality Spectrum

    Bisexual Advocate Robyn Ochs will present.

    March 25, 2008

    Bowl-a-thon

    DATE: Tuesday, March 25
    TIME: 6pm
    LOCATION: Corner Alley
    Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland will sponsor a Bowl-a-thon.

    March 25, 2008

    LINK event

    DATE: Tuesday, March 25
    TIME: 12:45pm
    LOCATION: MSASS Room 320A

    Representatives from the India trip will be presenting information about various Indian social policies. Drinks and cookies will be provided. Sponsored by LINK and is eligible for professional development.

    March 25, 2008

    Field Education Open Forum

    DATE: Tuesday, March 25
    TIME: 12:45pm
    LOCATION: MSASS Room 320BC
    Zoe Breen Wood and the Field Education Dept. will hold an open forum for students to attend to discuss their feelings about the field education program.

    March 24, 2008

    CASE SERVES!

    DATE: Monday, March 24
    TIME: 5:30pm- 8:30pm
    LOCATION: Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 20, 2008

    Vagina Monologues Event

    DATE: Thursday, March 20
    TIME: 6-8pm
    LOCATION: MSASS Building
    Sponsored by: The Mandel Council
    Vagina Monologues' Movie clips and discussion following.

    March 20, 2008

    Migrating Identities: Ethnicity, race, and Well-Being among African-descended Belizean adolescents

    DATE: Thursday, March 20
    TIME: 4:15pm- 5:00pm.
    LOCATION: Clark Hall, Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Rd.
    Presenter: Eileen Anderson-Fye

    March 20, 2008

    Spoken Word Workshop

    Amalia Ortiz, Poet, Director, Actor, Activist.
    DATE: Thursday, March 20
    TIME: 4pm
    LOCATION: Spartan Room, Thwing. 4pm
    Performance: Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library

    March 20, 2008

    CASE SERVES!

    DATE: Thursday, March 20
    TIME: 3:15pm-6pm
    LOCATION: East End Neighborhood House. Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 20, 2008

    Men’s Violence Prevention Taskforce Meeting

    DATE: Thursday, March 20
    TIME: 12:30pm-2pm
    LOCATION: Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

    March 19, 2008

    Take that Ovaries!

    Evening of storytelling about fun, fearless women. Coffee and Desserts.
    DATE: Wednesday, March 19
    TIME: 7:00pm
    LOCATION: Arabica

    March 19, 2008

    CASE SERVES!

    DATE: Wednesday, March 19
    TIME: 3:30pm-5:30pm
    LOCATION: Judson Manor/Judson Park.
    Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 19, 2008

    HISPANIC DIVERSITY WORKSHOP - Part II

    DATE: Wednesday, March 19
    TIME: 8:30am to Noon
    LOCATION: United Way of Lake County
    9285 Progress Parkway
    Mentor, OH 44060

    These workshops are free of charge, but you must register in advance andwill be charged a $25 fee for a no-show or late cancellation. You may register for one or more of the workshops.
    Send registration to:
    Madeline Gustin
    Catholic Charities Commun ity Services
    8 North Street
    Suite 455
    Painesville, OH 44077
    440/946-7264

    March 18, 2008

    CASE SERVES!

    Steps Towards Advancing in Resettlement Skills.
    DATE: Tuesday, March 18
    TIME: 3pm – 6pm
    LOCATION: Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 17, 2008

    Volunteer with Case SERVES!

    Volunteer with Case SERVES! at the Cleveland Foodbank.
    Date: Monday, March 17
    Time: 5:30pm- 8:30pm
    Location: Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 17, 2008

    "Creativity and Madness" Distinguished Lecture Series

    DATE: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
    TIME: 5:30pm
    LOCATION: Severance Hall

    Was the poet Lord Byron right when he said "we of the craft are all crazy"? Is the creativity found in the visual and language arts rooted in psychological suffering? Best-selling author and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison will explore "Creativity and Madness" in her talk as Case Western Reserve University's eminent speaker for its Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series. The free public lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue.
    "Kay Jamison is plainly among the few who have a profound understanding of the relationship that exists between art and madness," said William Styron, the late award-winning author of Sophie’s Choice who struggled with depression throughout his life. Jamison is among a group of cognitive scientists who examine the role that mental disorders have on the creative processes.
    Jamison has made the best-seller lists with An Unquiet Mind (1995). In her memoir, she went public with her personal and professional struggles to conquer the extreme mood swings of manic-depression and offers hopes to those with the illness and their families. She writes about how she learned to manage her moods, after numerous setbacks and a suicide attempt, to gain a normal life with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Her biography of illness chronicles her mastery of college, graduate school and tenure-track career as a psychiatrist at the University of California, Los Angeles. The book was on the New York Times best-sellers’ list for more than five months and garnered Book of the Year honors from The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer .
    While at UCLA, Jamison was instrumental in establishing the UCLA Affective Disorders Clinic. Her work has been recognized with such accolades as one of five individuals showcased in the PBS–TV series Great Minds of Medicine and TIME’s "Hero of Medicine."
    Now a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and an honorary professor of English at St. Andrews in Scotland, Jamison has continued to enlighten the public on issues related to mental disorders in other ground-breaking books: Exuberance: the Passion for Life (exuberance, the fuel of creativity), Night Falls Fast (suicide) and Touched with Fire (manic-depression). She has also coauthored a medical text on manic-depression that has been chosen in 1990 as "Most Outstanding Book in Biomedical Sciences" by the American Association of Publishers.
    Tickets are not needed. Because of the popularity of this series, online registration is encouraged.

    March 16, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: January 2008 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through January 31, 2008 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

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    March 13, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: January 2008 Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data for January 2008 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    March 11, 2008

    Communicating Across Cultures

    Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
    Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
    Location: Corporate College West
    25425 Center Ridge Road
    Westlake, OH
    Contact: Kara Patterson
    (216) 752-3000
    kpatterson@diversitycenterneo.org

    Description:
    The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio presents Workshop B, Communicating Across Cultures: Interpreters, Illiteracy and Beyond.

    Beverage service and light snacks will be provided.

    Keynote--Developing Cultural Competence and Effective Transcultural Communication

    Speaker--Cora Munoz, RN, Ph.D.
    Professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, Author of Transcultural Nursing

    Interactive Breakout Topic-- Communicating Across Cultures: Using an Interpreter and Transcending Illiteracy

    For information visit: www.diversitycenterneo.org

    March 07, 2008

    Career Workshop

    Date: Friday, March 7, 2008
    Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
    Location: MSASS Building, Room 112

    Managing My Career: Strategies for Beginning, Advancing, and Succeeding.
    Discussion of strategies for choosing, entering, and moving up in one’s career.

    March 06, 2008

    Volunteer with Case SERVES!

    Case SERVES! will volunteer at the East End Neighborhood House
    Date: Thursday, March 6
    Time: 3:15pm- 6pm.
    Location: Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 06, 2008

    The Dean's Forum

    Meet with Dean Gilmore
    The Dean will interact with students and answer questions.
    Date: Thursday, March 6
    Time: 12:45pm
    Location: MSASS, Rm 112

    March 06, 2008

    Allies' Movie and Panel

    Ma Vie en Rose (My life in pink)
    Date: Friday, March 6
    Time: 6-9pm
    Location: MSASS 320ABC
    This is a movie about transgender with panel of speakers after the film.

    March 05, 2008

    A Dialogue About Building Psychoanalytic Ideas & Concepts Into Social Work Curriculum

    Date: Wednesday, March 5
    Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
    Location: Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, 2460 Fairmount Blvd, Suite 312, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

    Presenters: Ilga Svechs, Ph.D. and Jerry Floersch, Ph.D.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. History of including psychoanalytic concepts in social work; training
    2. Existing situation at the present time of what is included;
    3. Burgeoning ideas for graduate school curriculums, social work, and beyond including psychiatry, psychology, anthropology

    March 05, 2008

    Lecture

    David R. Roy presents “Getting Beyond Good vs. Evil:
    A Buddhist Reflection on the New Holy War."
    Date: Wednesday, March 5
    Location: Clark Hall, Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Rd

    March 05, 2008

    Faculty Positions Posted

    Two new faculty positions are available at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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    March 04, 2008

    Allies' March Monthly Meeting

    DATE: Tuesday, March 4
    TIME: 5 p.m.
    LOCATION: MSASS Student Lounge

    Allies will meet. Everyone is welcome!

    March 04, 2008

    Licensing Presentation

    DATE: Tuesday, March 4
    TIME: 12:45-1:50p.m.
    LOCATION: MSASS Room 323
    This past November MSASS hosted a presentation by licensing coordinators from the Ohio Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board in Columbus to present information and answer your questions. Nancy Graf, MSASS Director of Continuing Education, arranged the event. Presenters Marcia Holleman and Jennifer Kreinbrink will be returning on March 4, 2008, for another presentation.
    Everyone is welcome, but we particularly invite our May, 2008, and
    August, 2008, graduates to attend.

    March 04, 2008

    HISPANIC DIVERSITY WORKSHOP - PART I

    Date: Tuesday, March 4
    Time: 8:30am to Noon
    Location: United Way of Lake County, 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH 44060
    Sponsored by Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board with support from United Way of Lake County.
    These workshops are free of charge, but you must register in advance and will be charged a $25 fee for a no-show or late cancellation. You may register for one or more of the workshops.
    Send registration to:
    Madeline Gustin
    Catholic Charities Community Services
    8 North Street
    Suite 455
    Painesville, OH 44077
    440/946-7264

    March 03, 2008

    Volunteers needed

    The Barack Obama campaign is in desperate need for volunteers to help
    people drive to the voting polls Monday and Tuesday at all different
    times. If people are interested, they can contact Ruth at 216 287-7161
    (NOTE: This is by no means saying we endorse this candidate, but it is being offered so that students who are interested can be involved.)

    March 03, 2008

    Sushi and Feminism

    Learn the legal ramifications of violence against women.
    Discuss and debate the definition of violence against women.

    Monday, March 3, 2008
    8PM-10PM
    Fribley Room 210 (The corner of Adelbert and Murray Hill)

    Who Should Attend: All Women

    Food and Beverages Will Be Provided

    Sponsored by the YWCA of Cleveland Domestic Violence Outreach Program

    March 03, 2008

    Career Information Fair

    Date: Monday, March 3, 2008
    Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
    Location: MSASS Building

    Career Information Fair
    This event is a great opportunity for all! Not only do we encourage you to attend, but we also recommend you to download your resumes to the CareerLink eResume database at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/partners/clstudent.aspx. Although the deadline has been extended to June 30 to download resumes to the site, it would be helpful to do so prior to the Career Fair because employers/organizations will have access to your resumes about a week before the event.

    Here are some directions to help you navigate through the site and download:
    Log into the system, click the "Document" tab at the top of the page, then click "Add New," and follow the instructions. When you have accessed the system, you will see a resume book entitled "MSASS Career Information Fair 2008." Although there are a number of MSASS related resume books in the options, please make sure to download a copy into that particular book for the fair.

    If you have any questions, please contact Constance Lewis at constance.lewis@case.edu.

    March 03, 2008

    Volunteer with Case SERVES!

    Case SERVES!
    Volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank,
    Date: March 3
    Time: 5:30pm- 8:30pm.
    Location: Meet at CCEL, Thwing

    March 02, 2008

    Analytic Flicks!

    Date: Sunday, March 2
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, 2460 Fairmount Blvd., Suite 312

    Description: "Juno" dir. Jason Reitman (2007).

    Tagline:
    A comedy about growing up... and the bumps along the way.

    Plot Outline:
    Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.


    March 01, 2008

    Gallery Exhibit

    Christa Donner, Artist-in-residence SPACES World Artists program.
    “Re (Re) Production” SPACES Gallery,
    Date: March 1 through March 7
    Location: Superior Viaduct Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, 44113

    February 29, 2008

    Vagina Monologues

    Co-Sponsored by FSM Center for Women
    DATE: Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1
    TIME: 8pm
    LOCATION: AMASA STONE CHAPEL, Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1 at 8:00PM.
    Get there early for crafts and activities! Seating is limited! The tickets will be $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Please join us before hand at Thwing and Nord during lunch hours for tickets, crafts and merchandise. All the proceeds will be donated to the YWCA: Domestic Violence Outreach Program and the V-day Campaign!

    February 29, 2008

    Stress Management, Relaxation, and Meditation Workshops

    Stress Management
    When: Friday, February 29, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
    Where: Second Floor Conference Room, Veale Athletic Center
    Contact: William Hale
    Learn strategies for managing your stress through changing the way you think about things, scheduling your time, using your resources, and handling stress in your body. Brought to you by The Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health.

    February 28, 2008

    Northeast Ohio Clean Diesel Retrofits Conference

    Date: Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Time: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Location: 4524 E. 49th St., Cleveland, OH 44125
    General Price: $30.00

    Description:
    To Fleet Managers, Decision-Makers, and All Interested Parties: The Earth Day Coalition and its partners are sponsoring a “hands-on” conference to learn about clean diesel solutions of all kinds, including particulate filters, fuel-saving components such as auxiliary power units, and possible funding opportunities for equipment. Come hear from the USEPA, the Ohio Dept of Development, the diesel component manufacturers, and others. Join us on Feb. 28, 2008, at the Leonard Krieger Canalway Center (MetroParks) on E. 49th, just one-half mile south of Harvard.

    Register at www.earthdaycoalition.org

    If you have questions, please contact: John McGovern, Earth Day Coalition, (216) 281-6468.

    February 28, 2008

    LEED Seminar

    Presented by Knoch Corporation.
    Date: Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Kent State Conference Center at the Stark Campus in North Canton
    General Price: $125.00

    Description:

    Join the Canton area’s top executives in the healthcare, education, church, and manufacturing markets to learn how going green
    can save your organization money. The Knoch Corporation will be
    presenting a one-day seminar, Cost Benefits of LEED, by the nationally recognized, green speaker, Paul Shahriari. He will discuss the proven cost benefits of green construction.

    This seminar will offer insight on construction and life-cycle costs by reviewing LEED certified project case studies and other available
    research. It will also provide tools to evaluate the costs and benefits of LEED certification and strategies to maximize returns related to design and construction decisions.

    E4S is proud to support Knoch Builders in this program initiative as a Gold Sponsor. Representatives from Knoch will be available at the January 22 E4S Network Event at Great Lakes Brewing Company to answer any and all questions.


    To register, visit this link or type in www.knochcorp.com.

    February 26, 2008

    Rally and March to End Poverty

    It has been 40 years since Martin Luther King began the Poor Peoples March to end poverty in the United States and conditions have only gotten worse. With the Democratic Party presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, February 26, a wide range of organizations including the Northeast Ohio Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, Organize! Ohio, ACORN, Cleveland Tenants Organization, and many more groups will be sponsoring a rally and march calling on the candidates to state their plans to end poverty in the United States. Candidates will be called upon to state how they will ensure everyone's right to housing, health care, food, education, communication and a living wage job.
    The rally will be held on Tuesday, February 26 at 5:00 pm at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue and will be followed by a march to the Convocation Center where the debate will be held. All are urged to participate.
    For more information contact Organize! Ohio at 216-431-6070.

    February 26, 2008

    Career Workshop

    Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
    Time: 12:45pm-2:00pm
    Location: MSASS Building, Room 320 BC

    Linking Yourself with Prospective Employers: What Are You Bringing to the Table?
    Focus is on using Myers-Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) and Learning Style inventories to create a “fit”

    February 22, 2008

    Career Workshop

    Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
    Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Location: MSASS Building, Room 320AB

    Exploring Career Options Within the Field of Social Work: An Alumni Perspective

    MSASS alumni panel to address career options within the field (e.g., private practice, community development, academia, etc.)

    February 21, 2008

    Black History Month Luncheon

    DATE: Thursday, February 21
    TIME: 11:30a.m.-1p.m.
    LOCATION: Spartan Room, Thwing Student Center
    The Black History Month Luncheon is an annual event that the FSM Center for Women hosts as a salute to the many important African American women who have contributed to US History, specifically in the battle for civil rights. Through this event, the Center hopes to illuminate the accomplishments of Black women for both appreciation and inspiration. The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will once again welcome a performance by Women in History, a non-profit organization established to educate through dramatic monologues. This year we will meet Josephine Baker, a 20th century entertainer and civil rights activist. The performance will be accompanied by a free catered lunch,courtesy of the FSM Center for Women.

    Funded by the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association
    Co-Sponsored by:The Department of History, African American Society, the Daniel Hale Pre-Medical Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, & the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

    February 21, 2008

    Civil Liberties Discussion

    Super Tuesday is February 5th, and the presidential nominees are thinning out. How could the front-runners impact civil liberties?
    DATE: Thursday, 2.21.08
    TIME: 7:00 p.m.
    LOCATION: Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center
    4506 Chester Ave., Cleveland

    Join the ACLU and a panel of scholars and civic activists, including Mayor Jane Campbell, to discuss the primary elections. The ACLU of Ohio is non-partisan, and the discussion will focus on civil liberties. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. To RSVP click on the button above or call (216) 472-2220. For more information regarding this event and others visit our website at www.acluohio.org. Stand up! Get active! Make some noise! Our website has all the tools you need to restore lost liberty.Check it out at www.acluohio.org.

    February 21, 2008

    Faculty Colloquim Series

    Join us for the second lecture of the popular Faculty Colloquium Series.

    DATE: Thursday, February 21
    TIME: 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    LOCATION: Room 320B&C

    Dr. Jerry Mahoney on the results of a model demonstration project teaching parents to use Responsive Teaching strategies to promote the development and social emotional well-being of their adopted children.

    February 21, 2008

    Leading Your Peers

    Date: Thursday, February 21
    Time: 7:30 AM-9:00 AM
    Location: YWCA Women's Center
    4019 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH, 44103
    Contact: YWCA Women's Center
    216-881-6878
    www.ywca.org//cleveland

    Description:
    You can expect to learn how to:
    • Transition from managing yourself to managing a team
    • Communicate effectively with your team to gain buy-in
    • Position yourself as a professional rather than a friend
    • Run an effective meeting

    For cost and more information visit www.ywca.org/cleveland or call 216-881-6878 to register.

    February 20, 2008

    Hip Hop For Dummies: Demystifying the Culture and Closing The Generational Gap!

    Heights Community Congress Presents:
    The Perception vs. Reality
    Dialogue Series on Race, Class & Diversity

    DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 20th
    TIME: 7-9 PM
    LOCATION: Cleveland Hts. Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd.

    OK... "dummies"???... Well, maybe we're not all dummies, when it comes to hip hop culture, but we may all be able to gain some insight, as it relates to issues of race, class and diversity. Join us for a frank, honest and interactive public discussion.
    Moderated by Dan Moulthrop, host 90.3 WCPN's Sound of Ideas

    Featuring:
    Patricia Anderson Ballard, CAUSE, Inc.

    Ronnie Dunn, Assoc. Professor, CSU College of Urban Studies

    Annmarie Grassi, Executive Dir., Open Doors, Inc.

    Susan Oehler, Dir. of Education, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Heights Community Congress at
    216-321-6775.

    February 17, 2008

    Analytic Flick Film Discussion!

    Date: Sunday, February 17, 2008
    Time: 7:30 p.m. in the Center's Library
    Location: Cleveland Analytic Center's Library

    "Le Scaphandre et le papillon" (2007); "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," (2007) directed by Julian Schnabel.
    Plot Synopsis:
    The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
    Awards: Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations more
    " A film of enormous power ..."
    Please feel free to bring friends and colleagues!

    February 15, 2008

    Getting Funded: Preparing a Budget

    Date: Friday, February 15, 2008
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Location: Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
    Clark Hall, Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

    Complete Description:
    Denise Donahey, Director of Administration, College of Arts and Sciences
    Achala Wali, Director of Grant Programs, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

    ***Limited Seating***

    A special series for faculty and graduate students.
    Visitor parking: Severance Hall underground garage (entrance on East Blvd), metered lot corner of Euclid and Ford Road.

    February 15, 2008

    Becoming the Exceptional Presenter

    Date: Friday, February 15, 2008
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Location: 400 Nord Hall

    Complete Description:
    Professional Communications: Becoming the Exceptional Presenter

    Sponsored by the Career Center. More details available at http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/events/8977.calx.

    February 15, 2008

    Public Affairs Discussion Group - Labor Agreements in the Auto Industry--and Elsewhere

    Date: Friday, February 15, 2008
    Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Complete Description:
    Paul Gerhart, Professor of Marketing and Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss "Labor Agreements in the Auto Industry--and Elsewhere." More details at http://fridaylunch.case.edu/upcoming.html.

    February 14, 2008

    Meet the Artist Charles Pinkey

    DATE: Thursday, February 14
    TIME: 12:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: Second Floor Atrium, MSASS


    Enjoy a brown bag lunch with Charles Jackson Pinkney who will be
    discussing the techniques and influences used in his paintings. Drinks
    and dessert will be provided.

    Mr. Pinkney's paintings can be viewed on the first and second floors of the Mandel School. The exhibition of 30 paintings focuses on landscapes done inside the Cleveland Metroparks otherwise known as the "Emerald Necklace," and also includes still life and portraits. The exhibit runs from January 19 until March 20, 2008.

    Also, don't miss Barbara Earley's exhibit on the third floor. Ms.
    Earley, a self-taught Cleveland artist, uses shattered mirrors by
    inserting a variety of recycled materials to create a rhythmic pattern
    within its frame. Ms. Earley's work will be on display on the third
    floor until March 14, 2008.

    For more information and to suggest future exhibitions, please contact
    June Hund and Kristen Kirchgesler at (216) 368-2302 or at
    artonthewalls@case.edu.

    February 14, 2008

    Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Research Seminar

    DATE: Thursday, February 14, 2008
    TIME: Noon to 1:30 pm
    LOCATION: The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations (New Building), Room 115, 11402 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio

    How Integrated are Stably Integrated Communities?

    A consideration of the role of nonprofit organizations in fostering inter-ethnic interaction.

    *PRESENTERS:* Paul F. Salipante, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Labor and
    Human Resource Policy, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western
    Reserve University, and Mark G. Chupp, Ph.D., MSW, Visiting Assistant
    Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western
    Reserve University and Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and
    Community Development

    The U.S. censuses of 1990 and 2000 revealed that a growing number of
    U.S. communities are stably integrated. Among the first such American
    communities were Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights. Analyzing the
    ethnic composition of a youth organization in those communities, Paul
    Salipante (WSOM/CWRU) and Judith Weisinger (New Mexico State University)found that the organization had succeeded in attracting a diverse membership roughly representative of those communities. However, at a more disaggregated level, many of the organization's units in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights had less representative compositions, suggesting a lack of meaningful inter-ethnic interaction. The lack of diversity was especially marked at the level of adult volunteers. Longitudinal analysis further indicated a tipping point in adult volunteer engagement when minority youth membership approached 75 percent. Qualitative research in another geographic location indicated that members of the youth organization experienced difficulties increating successful interactions among members of differing ethnicities.

    In contrast to stable integration, Mark Chupp (MSASS/CWRU) conducted
    research in a Cleveland neighborhood undergoing dramatic transition in
    racial makeup. Analyzing positive inter-ethnic relations in Slavic
    Village, seven pathways emerged in which inter-ethnic trust forms. The study also identified building blocks that facilitate inter-ethnic trust and obstacles that hindered social capital formation across race.

    In addition to providing additional information about their research,
    the two presenters hope to engage participants in a discussion of the
    roles that nonprofit organizations play, and could play, in fostering
    meaningful inter-ethnic relationships.

    */Please watch for additional information./*

    Please bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

    For more information or to RSVP, contact Maria Sharron at 216-368-0266
    or mcs25@case.edu

    February 14, 2008

    Spotlight Series: Ellen Landau, "Dance as a Weapon"

    Date: Thursday, February 14, 2008
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Location: Guilford Parlor, Guilford Hall


    Complete Description:
    "Dance as a Weapon: Isamu Noguchi's History as Seen From Mexico 1936"
    By Ellen Landau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities
    11:30am-lunch provided
    12-1pm-lecture and discussion

    February 13, 2008

    International Campus Group

    Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
    Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

    Complete Description:
    Join the International Women's Group every Wednesday for lunch in the International Student Services lounge (lower level of Sears). Contact katie.hanna@case.edu for more information.

    February 12, 2008

    Health Disparities, Culture and Compliance

    Date: Tuesday, February 12
    Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
    Location: Corporate College East
    4400 Richmond Road, Warrensville Heights, OH
    Contact: Kara Patterson
    (216) 752-3000
    kpatterson@diversitycenterneo.org

    Description:
    The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio presents Health Disparities, Culture and Compliance.

    Beverage service and light snacks will be provided

    Keynote--Understanding Health Disparities: Cultural Impact and Practical Strategies

    Speaker--Charles Modlin M.D., F.A.C.S. Kidney Transplant Surgeon/Urologist, Director,Cleveland Clinic Minority Men?s Health Center/ Health Equity Institute

    Interactive Breakout Topic-- Healthcare Compliance: What does it Look Like? How Can You Gain It?

    www.diversitycenterneo.org

    February 12, 2008

    Conquering the Behavior Based Interview

    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2008
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: 301 Wickenden Building

    Sponsored by the Career Center. For more details, go to http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/events/8973.calx.

    February 12, 2008

    Open Forums to Discuss University Plans

    The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled three open forums in February so that faculty, staff, students, and alumni can offer comments and questions about the emerging goals and priorities.

    DATE/TIME/PRIMARY GROUP:
    Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 3:30-5:00 p.m.Faculty
    Thursday, February 14, 2008, 3:30-5:00 p.m.Staff
    Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Students
    LOCATION: Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building, 11000 Euclid Avenue

    Faculty, staff, and students who are unable to attend the forum set up for them may attend one of the others. Alumni are invited to attend any of the forums. Members of the Steering Committee will be present at the forums to hear the discussion.

    February 11, 2008

    Black History Month Event

    Celebrating Stax Records - Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story
    LOCATION: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
    (1 Key Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114, Contact: 1-888-764-ROCK)
    DATE: Monday, February 11, 2008
    TIME: 7:00 pm
    COST: FREE

    Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story traces the astonishing history of Stax, from a modest neighborhood hangout to a cultural and political empire.

    Directed by the Grammy-nominated team of Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the documentary features interviews with Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Sam Moore, Booker T. Jones, Eddie Floyd, Jesse Jackson and label president Al Bell.

    Also featured are rarely seen full-length performances by Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs and Isaac Hayes, plus outtakes of footage from the legendary 1972 Wattstax concert.

    Included also is the first interview by Stax founder and co-owner Jim Stewart in 15 years, plus never-before-seen home movies and performances by Stax artists.

    February 11, 2008

    SOCIAL WORK CAREERS IN HEALTHCARE

    DATE: Monday February 11, 2008
    TIME: 12:30p-4:00 PM
    LOCATION: Judson Manor
    The North East Ohio Society for Social Work Leaders in Healthcare
    proudly presents a workshop to learn more about:
    SOCIAL WORK CAREERS IN HEALTHCARE
    "AT THE HEART OF IT ALL"

    Registration 12:30-1:00
    Light snack Served.
    Panelists will discuss what the social work role is in these settings:
    Acute Care Hospitals/Acute Rehabilitation
    Subacute/Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Facilities
    Community Based Agencies
    Home Health
    Hospice
    Retirement Communities

    There will be the opportunity to ask specific questions about the various settings. Please bring any questions you may have about pursuing a social work career in healthcare.

    February 09, 2008

    I WANNA BE MADE! Leadership Conference

    DATE: Saturday, February 9
    TIME: 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: THWING STUDENT CENTER

    Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. (Thwing Atrium)

    Case Western Reserve University's Winter Leadership Conference is giving you an opportunity to be MADE. Based on the premise of the MTV hit show, Made, participants will have a chance to choose from a variety of workshops so they can be MADE into the leader they've always wanted to be. The conference will feature three break-out sessions where participants can personalize their conference experience toward their goals, and an etiquette dinner to make them feel polished and confident at any event.

    The real question is: Do you wannabe MADE?

    SPONSORS: Office of Student Activities & Leadership, Office of Greek Life

    CO-SPONSORS: Student Leadership Journey Council, University Program Board, Interfraternity Congress, Panhellenic Council, Undergraduate Student Government, The Spot, The Rough Rider Room, Residence Hall Association

    February 08, 2008

    Thinking about a degree in Social Work? Attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

    Information sessions, including a presentation, question and answer time, and one-on-one conversations with current students, faculty and alumni, to be held March 22nd and April 12, 10:00 a.m.
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    February 07, 2008

    MSASS Foster Care Expert in the News

    Assistant Professor David Crampton, an expert on foster care with extensive experience examining Cuyahoga County's foster care system, is quoted in a column by the Plain Dealer's Phillip Morris.

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    February 07, 2008

    World-renown Anthropologist-philanthropist to Speak

    Paul Farmer, MD, founder of Partners in Health and world-renown
    anthropologist-philanthropist will be speaking at Playhouse Square as part of the Town Hall Speaker series.
    DATE: Thursday, February 7, 2008
    TIME: 6 p.m.
    LOCATION: PALACE THEATRE

    http://www.townhallofcleveland.org

    Description:
    Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard University. Co-Founder of Partners in Health. Advocate for and provider of free healthcare for the world's poor. Oversees healthcare projects in Haiti, Russia, Rwanda and Peru. Has published more than 200 articles, chapters and books. Supports a "preferential option for the poor".

    To purchase tickets prior to day of show please call 216-241-1919.
    Tickets sold at ticket office day of show only.

    February 06, 2008

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Rebecca Kodysh

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about how Rebecca Kodysh of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland uses NEO CANDO in
    Demonstrating the need for community services.

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    February 06, 2008

    LEARN NETWORKING AND ETIQUETTE TECHNIQUES!

    **EXPERIENCE THE ART OF NETWORKING AND LEARN ESSENTIAL
    ETIQUETTE TECHNIQUES WITH ALUMNI! **
    DATE: Wednesday, February 6
    TIME: 6–7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: The Alumni House, 11310 Juniper(next to the Arabica Coffeehouse)
    Sponsored by: STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION and the Career Center

    Complimentary hors d’oeuvres.
    Get ready for Career Networking, learn how to make GREAT first
    impressions, and master social etiquette for all occasions.

    *Register online at: http://ur-web.case.edu/awcevent/eventDetail.aspx?ID=593 to participate in this FREE special event.*

    February 06, 2008

    MSASS Faculty Member Rob Fischer selected for White House Faith-Based Conference

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    Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Poverty & Community Development Rob Fischer, has been selected to write a commissioned paper for the upcoming White House Conference on Research Related to the Faith-Based and Community Initiative to be held in June 2008.

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    February 06, 2008

    MSASS Faculty Member Mark Chupp to be part of integration discussion

    "How Integrated are Stably Integrated Communities? A consideration of the role of nonprofit organizations in fostering inter-ethnic interaction." February 14, 2008, noon-1:30 pm.

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    February 05, 2008

    El Salvador Presentation

    DATE: Tuesday, February 5
    TIME: 12:45 p.m.
    LOCATION: Room 320 A&B

    Participants from the December trip to El Salvador will be presenting information about their experiences. Lunch will be provided and this will count for professional development hours.

    February 03, 2008

    Volunteer with Youth

    The Case Western Reserve University, Department of Family Medicine, Center for Adolescent Health (CAH) is looking for volunteers to help administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in local Cuyahoga County 7th and 8th grade Middle Schools. Volunteers will be needed from February through June. The time commitment is usually 1-2 hours but could be longer or shorter depending on size of school. All volunteers receive a $20 gift card from Target or Barnes & Noble (which can be redeemed at the CASE bookstore) for each time they volunteer. If you have never volunteered before, a short training covering issues of confidentiality and organization of the survey process is needed. Transportation assistance is available for those in need. This is a great networking opportunity for students and can be used for professional development hours or class volunteer requirement hours. Past volunteers have found employment because of the connections made through volunteering. Clothing attire is business casual. Over 70 schools will be approached for YRBS participation so the volunteer opportunities are plentiful. If you are interested please email Edward Hill at edward.hill@case.edu to be added to the list of interested volunteers. If you have any questions you can me also call at 216-368-6742. Thank You.

    February 03, 2008

    Hurricane Katrina Collection

    Thanks to all who attended Peter Freimark's program about what remains to be done in rural Mississippi, despite it being almost two
    and one-half years after Hurricane Katrina. A truck will be leaving mid-February to take needed goods, and if you'd want to make a contribution, please bring any of the following to Sarah Andrew's office (ROOM 120B in STUDENT SERVICES/ACADEMIC AFFAIRS) by THURSDAY,FEBRUARY 14, 2008, at 5pm.
    If you buy multiples, please buy several of one item rather than one too many items for packing purposes.
    Shampoo
    Conditioner
    Soap
    Toothpaste
    Women's hygiene products
    Deodorant
    Socks (all sizes)
    Underwear (all sizes)
    Diapers - infant and adult and pull-up diapers
    Baby formula
    Baby powder, shampoo, lotion
    Wipes
    Used cell phone with charger (will be altered and used for 9-1-1
    services)

    January 31, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006-2007 Attendance and Enrollment data

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    Attendance and enrollment data for the 2006-2007 school year have been added to the Social and Economic report in NEO CANDO. These data are only available for the Cleveland School District.

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    January 27, 2008

    Volunteer with Youth

    The Case Western Reserve University, Department of Family Medicine, Center for Adolescent Health (CAH) is looking for volunteers to help administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in local Cuyahoga County 7th and 8th grade Middle Schools. Volunteers will be needed from February through June. The time commitment is usually 1-2 hours but could be longer or shorter depending on size of school. All volunteers receive a $20 gift card from Target or Barnes & Noble (which can be redeemed at the CASE bookstore) for each time they volunteer. If you have never volunteered before, a short training covering issues of confidentiality and organization of the survey process is needed. Transportation assistance is available for those in need. This is a great networking opportunity for students and can be used for professional development hours or class volunteer requirement hours. Past volunteers have found employment because of the connections made through volunteering. Clothing attire is business casual. Over 70 schools will be approached for YRBS participation so the volunteer opportunities are plentiful. If you are interested please email Edward Hill at edward.hill@case.edu to be added to the list of interested volunteers. If you have any questions you can also call Cindy at 216-368-6742.

    January 23, 2008

    Dean Gilmore to deliver first Faculty Colloquium Lecture of 2008

    On Thursday, January 24th, Dean Cleve Gilmore will present his research "Detecting and stimulating hidden visual deficits: A pathway to visually fair neuropsychological tests" as part of the Mandel School Faculty Colloquium Series

    The Faculty Colloquiuim lectures are held on Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 320 B&C at the Mandel School.


    January 23, 2008

    Dean Gilmore to deliver first Faculty Colloquium Lecture of 2008

    On Thursday, January 24th, Dean Cleve Gilmore will present his research "Detecting and stimulating hidden visual deficits: A pathway to visually fair neuropsychological tests" as part of the Mandel School Faculty Colloquium Series

    The Faculty Colloquiuim lectures are held on Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 320 B&C at the Mandel School.


    January 21, 2008

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Events

    Case Western Reserve University has planned a weeklong celebration around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Schools, academic departments and student organizations have prepared a variety of programs and activities to honor the memory and spirit of Dr. King throughout the week of January 21, 2008.

    Find out more about these events.

    January 17, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: December 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through December 31, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

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    January 15, 2008

    NEO CANDO Update: November 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through November 30, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

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    January 15, 2008

    Kick-off event introduces new service model that links mental health recovery with reduction, elimination of tobacco use

    Cycling.gifThe Tobacco Cessation Kick-Off Event introduced community-based and hospital-based behavioral healthcare organizations to a new service model being designed and disseminated by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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    January 14, 2008

    Barbara Earley – Recycled Reflections

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    Exhibit Dates: January 14 - March 14, 2008.

    Barbara Earley, a self-taught Cleveland artist, uses shattered mirrors by inserting a variety of recycled materials to create a rhythmic pattern within its frame.

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    January 13, 2008

    Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on sheriff's sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007

    Foreclosure and Beyond: A report on foreclosure sales, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2000-2007

    A new report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University addressing the foreclosure issue calls for refinancing loans or providing assistance to homeowners as an effort to maintain property values and prevent vandalism and deterioration to vacant structures.

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    January 03, 2008

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Matt Russell


    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about how Matt Russell of Center on Health Promotion at Case Western Reserve University uses NEO CANDO in
    Providing Context to Research Findings Using Demographic Indicators.

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    December 11, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: 2006 Juvenile Delinquency Data

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    2006 juvenile delinquency data have been added to the Social and Economic Data report. These data are only available for Cuyahoga County.

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    December 05, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Debra Peck-Baumgardner

    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about how Debra Peck-Baumgardner of Buckeye Area Development Corporation uses NEO CANDO in
    Targeting Capital to Encourage Successful Home Ownership.

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    November 30, 2007

    Seeing the World through the Eyes of an Alzheimer’s Patient

    Date: Friday, November 30
    Time: 1/2 day p.m. 1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Grover C. Gilmore, Ph.D. Dean and Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, CWRU.

    As a normal part of growing older, our sensory systems change. For example, these changes bring about reductions in our ability to see small details and hear high frequency sounds. Some diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, exacerbate these sensory changes. The workshop will describe changes that occur in visual perception as part of healthy aging and in Alzheimer’s Disease. Many examples of changes in vision that can affect every-day life will be presented. Methods for recognizing these changes in our own lives and those for whom we care will be discussed. The workshop is meant for anyone who plans to grow older and/or who cares for a person who is growing older. It will also be of particular interest to individuals who are working with persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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    November 30, 2007

    Getting Started, Staying Successful: Private Practice of Psychotherapy

    Date: Friday, November 30
    Time: 1/2 day a.m. 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Presenter: Richard Lightbody, M.D. Training and Supervising Analyst of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center; private practice and Ms. Jacqueline Goodin, LISW, BCD. Education Program Coordinator, Cleveland Psychoanalyst Training Program of the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center; private practice at River’s Edge, Cleveland Ohio.
    Fee: $60
    Location: MSASS

    This three hour workshop will introduce participants to what it takes to start and maintain a successful psychotherapy practice. Practice can be exciting and profitable, but at times can also be overwhelming or discouraging. There are ways to even out the experience in a continuous practice that can bring a deep satisfaction. Participants will deal with some questions about personal motivation or interest, as well as learn some of the ‘nuts and bolts’ pragmatics. These would include models of practice, insurance, office space, record keeping, risk management, fee setting, billing, marketing, and ethics. We intend this as an introduction to a complex process – any of the above topics could be a full workshop in its own right. The workshop is for recent graduates as well as for seasoned mental health professionals who want to move in a different direction in their careers.

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    November 20, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: October 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through October 31, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

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    November 19, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: October 2007 Public Assistance Data

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    Public assistance data for October 2007 have been added to the Social and Economic Data report.

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    November 19, 2007

    Prevention and Treatment of Violence in Youth

    Date: Monday, November 19
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Jeremy P. Shapiro, Ph.D. Clinical Child Psychologist, Research Consultant, Psychotherapist and Adjunct Instructor, Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychology and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    This workshop will equip participants to teach youth the psychosocial skills necessary for avoiding violence by working out interpersonal problems in a socially competent manner. We will begin by reviewing the research on causes of youth violence to identify the risk factors that interventions need to address. Then, we will review the outcome research to identify intervention strategies that do and do not work. Most of the day will be spent training participants in techniques to use with youth. There will be an emphasis on specific points and statements, to make to young people struggling with aggressive impulses. These techniques are effective both in prevention programs in schools and in treatment conducted in clinical and juvenile justice settings.

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    November 16, 2007

    Innovative Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations

    Date: Friday, November 16
    Time: 1/2 day p.m. 1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Ms. Celeste E. Terry, M.S.S.A. Assistant Executive Director, Special Projects, United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc. She also created and hosts a weekly internet radio talk show, “Demystifying Non-Profits” on www.globaltalkradio.com.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    The purpose of this workshop is to expose participants to new media forms and enable them to “think outside the box” and take action to market non-profit organizations differently. You will learn to see “Possibilities” not challenges and learn how to build a”brand identity” in the marketplace. It will familiarize participants with new media opportunities and how to take action and apply a new media form to organize marketing efforts within 90 days.

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    November 16, 2007

    Working Effectively in a Managed Care Environment

    Date: Friday, November 16
    Time: 1/2 day a.m. 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Presenter: Matthew Capezzuto, Ph.D., LISW. President and Owner of Allied Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    This workshop is intended for clinicians in practice and/or clinicians in training interested in learning how to utilize traditional interventions in a constrictive managed care environment.

    Given the current push for utilization of short-term and structured treatment approaches in the managed care environment, it may be difficult to successfully practice traditional intervention styles that typically require longer duration and result in foundational change vs. symptom management.

    The major topics covered in this workshop are:

  • History and development of the Managed Care Industry

  • Support of treatment recommended by Managed Care and the opposition to these treatment models

  • How to use open ended and relationship oriented treatment approaches in the Managed Care environment

  • Meeting treatment plan criteria to both satisfy Managed Care demands and client individual needs, including personal growth, foundational change, and insight

  • Efficient utilization of time constraints to maximize client treatment success rates.
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    November 12, 2007

    “Eye for an Eye” Leaves Everyone Blind (Ghandhi): Preventing and Responding to Bullying Behavior in Children and Adolescents

    Date: Monday, November 12
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Ms. Amy Burzinski, M.S.W., LISW. Ms. Burzinski works with children and adolescents at several schools. She also runs empowerment groups for adolescent girls in a residential treatment facility and serves in overnight camps, developing and running creative and psychoeducational groups for campers and staff. Ms. Burzinski has also worked with adult victims of domestic violence and abuse.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    School is supposed to be a safe haven in which children are educated and nurtured. But how can a child develop their mind and spirit if their feelings of safety, well being and security is being threatened?
    The “Eye for an Eye” workshop will examine, create awareness of and provide skills to combat bullying behavior. Participants will learn:

  • The root causes and telltale signs of bullying behavior.

  • How to intervene with the bully and to empower the target who is being bullied.
  • How to coordinate with teachers, staff and parents to prevent and respond to bullying behavior; and

  • How to teach individual children and entire classes to be aware of and responsive to bullying.
  • The class will encompass instruction periods, role play, film clips and discussion.

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    November 09, 2007

    Motivational Enhancement Therapy with the Substance Abusing/Mood Disordered Client

    Date: Friday, November 9
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Mr. Ray Isackila, LPCC, LICDC. Assistant Administrator Director, Addiction Recovery Services, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    This client-centered approach acknowledges that clients are capable of changing harmful behaviors such as substance abuse, non-compliance with psychiatric care, etc. The therapist seeks to draw upon the client’s own resources in order to move towards healthy changes that are self-motivated. Motivational Interviewing is especially effective with resistant clients. The participant will learn the concepts of Motivational Enhancement Therapy and the Solution Focused approach to working with clients who are resisting change.

    Treating clients with co-morbid disorders (substance abuse and other mental health disorders) will be stressed during the workshop. The overlap of mood disorders and addiction will be covered as well as current data regarding prevalence and innovative approaches to counseling of the dually-diagnosed client.

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    November 09, 2007

    Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment – An Evidence Based Model for Treating Co-Occurring Severe Mental and Illness and Substance Use Disorders

    Date: Friday, November 9
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Mr. Ric Kruszynski, M.S.S.A., LISW, CCDCIII. Associate Director of Clinical Training for Ohio SAMI CCOE.
    Fee: $116
    Location: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, 10501 Euclid Ave., CLEVELAND.

    Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) is based on ten guiding principles. Also known as the New-Hampshire Dartmouth Dual Disorder Treatment Model, IDDT is being widely disseminated in Ohio and across the nation as the Evidence Based Practice of choice for people with co-occurring severe mental and substance use disorders. This workshop will provide practical conceptual material and skill building exercises that begin to prepare clinicians, supervisors, and program managers for providing integrated treatment according to this evidence based model.

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    November 06, 2007

    Spring Break Trips

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    For anyone interested in registering for one of the 3 credit hour graduate and undergraduate International courses, please view the information meeting session slide show and see website for more info: http://msass.case.edu/international/index.html

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    November 05, 2007

    Poverty Center's Claudia Coulton part of BBC look at America's foreclosure crisis

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    The U.S. foreclosure crisis has earned international attention, with BBC news turning toward Mandel professor and Poverty Center director Claudia Coulton for some answers and analysis.

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    November 05, 2007

    Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy

    Date: Monday, November 5
    Time: 1/2 day a.m. 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    Presenter: William L. Hegarty, J.D. Deputy Director, Ohio Counselor, Social Worker on the Marriage & Family Therapist Board. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.
    Fee: $60
    Location: MSASS

    This workshop will prepare mental health professionals to think in an ethical and moral manner in all of their professional activities.

    As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of a state regulatory board.

  • Explain the new ethical rules that are in place.

  • Recognize the role of the investigative/disciplinary board.

  • Debate issues that will hopefully prevent licensees from violating the code of professional conduct.
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    November 02, 2007

    NEO CANDO In Practice

    Joy Brewington


    The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO community data resource is an invaluable tool for community development professionals.

    Read about Joy Brewington of Catalyst Cleveland use of NEO CANDO in Documenting Analyzing and Supporting School Improvement Efforts.

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    November 02, 2007

    Complex Trauma and Psychopharmacology

    Date: Friday, November 2
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Ms. Christina Berardinelli, RN, PCC. Adjunct Professor at John Carroll University, teaching psychopharmacology in the Counseling and Human Services Program; currently employed at Crossroads, Mentor, OH.and Ms. Diane Wakeley, PCC-S, LICDC. Counselor; Director of Outpatient Treatment Services, Crossroads, Mentor, OH. Ms. Wakeley specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma and attachment related disorders.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    Complex trauma is a clinical profile that encompasses individuals who do not meet DSM TR criteria for Acute Stress Disorder or PTSD. During the course of this six hour presentation clinicians will become familiar with this emerging clinical construct and will begin to learn how to identify and treat a broader range of trauma-based issues. This course will explore a range of these issues and the interplay between trauma and family dynamics. We will also look at the role psychopharmacological interventions play in mediating symptoms associated with trauma responses.

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    November 02, 2007

    The Study of Interpersonal Forgiveness

    Date: Friday, November 2
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D. Min. Director of Rescue Ministries, Laura’s Home for Women c/o The City Mission, Cleveland, Ohio..
    Fee: $116
    Location: Rae-Ann Suburban, 29505 Detroit Rd., WESTLAKE

    Until recently, little attention has been paid to forgiveness in the behavioral, medical or social sciences. However, the concept of forgiveness has historically held immense importance in philosophy, religion and theology. This workshop will help participants:

  • understand the relationship of unresolved anger and resentment to interpersonal forgiveness
  • understand the definition of interpersonal forgiveness, what it is and what it is not
  • understand the process of interpersonal forgiveness
  • appreciate the emotional healing that can take place in some cases through effective interpersonal forgiveness
  • develop practical ways to integrate the concepts of interpersonal forgiveness into various disciplines.
  • NOTE: Participants will be requested to engage in an experiential learning exercise.

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    October 29, 2007

    Effective Treatment Interventions Working with Sexually Abused Children

    Date: Monday, October 29
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Mr. Gerald Strom, M.S.W., LISW. Director of Intensive Weekend and Instructor, MSASS, Case Western Reserve University; private practice.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    The sexual abuse of children has a profoundly disruptive, destructive, and disorienting impact on their growth and development. It leaves scars in the areas of self-esteem, relationship building, and trust. We, as professional social workers, need to develop and implement effective mechanisms of intervention. This workshop will look at the issues of abuse that impact the child and how we can best treat and empower them in their journey to recovery.

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    October 26, 2007

    Introduction to Trauma Theory and Treatment

    Date: Friday, October 26
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Ms. Judith Wood, M.S.S.A., LISW, Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. She has been working in the field of child abuse prevention and treatment since 1986 and has been providing individual and group therapy for trauma survivors for over 18 years.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    Research in the field of substance abuse has consistently demonstrated the high correlation between drug and alcohol abuse with a history of family violence. Recently it has been revealed that up to 90% of women addicts have been sexually abused as children. Despite the clear link between trauma and addiction, little attention was given to understanding and responding to this phenomena by the treatment community. This workshop serves as an introduction to the long-term consequences of trauma upon individuals, including the development of addictions, and the ways in which the treatment environment needs to become trauma sensitive in order to provide optimal outcomes.

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    October 26, 2007

    Through the Tears of Grief: Helping Children, Teens and Families

    Date: Monday, September 26
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Ms. Judi Fischer, M.A., LPCC. Counselor specializing in grief and loss and owns Lakeshore Educational and Counseling Services.
    Fee: $116
    Location: Sprenger Retirement Center, 3905 Oberlin Ave., LORAIN

    Every day we touch the lives of those who have experienced grief and loss. We may be working with the children, teens, families, or the adults impacted by losses within their families. In this workshop, we will consider the influence of development and age specific characteristics, disenfranchised grief, hierarchy of needs as it relates to the grief process, mental health concerns commonly associated with grief and practical ways to help children, teens and families.

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    October 24, 2007

    NEO CANDO Update: September 2007 property transfer data

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    Property transfer data through September 30, 2007 have been added to the parcel report in NEO CANDO.

    NEO CANDO has transfer history back to January 1, 1976 for all parcels in Cuyahoga County.

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    October 22, 2007

    The Science of Gratitude

    Date: Monday, October 22
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m
    Presenter: Pete Bliss, Th.D., D. Min., Director of Rescue Ministries, Laura’s Home for Women, c/o The City Mission, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Fee: $116
    Location: MSASS

    “If a prize were given for the emotion most neglected by psychologists, gratitude would surely be among the contenders,” comments researcher Robert Emmons.

    What exactly is gratitude? What are its psychological roots? What are its components? What is the relationship between gratitude and physical and emotional health? What are its moral functions and spiritual uses? Gain the latest insights on this largely overlooked aspect of subjective well-being. Learn the vital skills you need to help your clients experience the positive health benefits of gratitude.

    What you will learn:

  • Why gratitude is the most neglected emotion in behavioral health;

  • What the latest research findings reveal;

  • How to motivate and incite your clients into an interest in gratitude as a health issue;

  • How to equip your clients with easy-to-use, innovative techniques that will affect gratitude;

  • How to define gratitude, its components, and the process;

  • How to identify and overcome barriers of gratitude.
  • Note: Participants will be requested to engage in an experiential learning exercise.

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