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Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work
Awarded $3.47 Million in Grant Funding
Grants Will Fund Master’s Degree-Seeking Students
and Train Students, Faculty, and Field Educators Across Disciplines

CHICAGO, October 4, 2016 – This fall, the Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work is launching two initiatives after being awarded grants that total $3.47 million from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Education Grant
The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has granted the School of Social Work $2.6 million over the course of the next four years to support the school’s Pathways to Academic Career and Employment Success (PACES) scholarship program. The program will educate and train economically, academically, ethnically, and environmentally disadvantaged full-time master’s of social work students pursuing clinical social work careers in primary care sites within medically underserved communities. These students will have tuition, books, and program fees covered.

Through the scholarship program, the school will recruit a more diverse student base that will be trained in graduate-level behavioral and mental health clinical social work practices; take part in a complete mentorship program; and participate in two years of field-based work in medically underserved communities throughout Chicagoland. Students will be encouraged to continue working in medically, economically, and environmentally disadvantaged communities across the country upon graduating. By 2020, more than 100 graduate students will have had the opportunity to take part in PACES.

The program is being led by the School of Social Work’s Caleb Kim, PhD, principal investigator; Susan Grossman, PhD, co-principal investigator and interim dean of the School of Social Work; John Orwat, PhD, program evaluator; Amy Greenberg, LCSW, director of internships and student services; and Jazmyn Holley, MSW, coordinator of MSW admissions and enrollment. This year’s cohort of students were selected last month; prospective graduate students should apply to the School of Social Work and express interest in the PACES scholarship program for further information.

Interprofessional Training Grant
The School of Social Work was also awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $870,000 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding will be used to train students, faculty, and field educators across three schools to utilize the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, used to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness upon marginalized communities. The School of Social Work will work in collaboration with the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Stritch School of Medicine.

The team, in collaboration with various community partners, will train more than 3,500 students and health professionals over the course of the next three years. The goal is to increase knowledge to identify, reduce, and prevent substance abuse and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs, while employing motivational interviewing skills when working with community members. The schools will also work to address the problem of substance use and abuse specifically among racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minority populations throughout Chicago.

The interprofessional development team is composed of the School of Social Work’s John Orwat, PhD, principal investigator; Michael Dentato, PhD, co-principal investigator and project director; and Melissa Iverson, doctoral student and project coordinator, working in tandem with the Stritch School of Medicine’s Jessica McIntyre, MD, FAAFP, and Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN, from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The program officially began Friday, September 30.

“We are taking the University’s strategic plan, ‘Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,’ to heart and finding collaborative, creative solutions to educate students and professionals in the community who may otherwise not be able to receive such tools and training for myriad reasons,” said Susan Grossman, PhD, interim dean of the School of Social Work. “I commend my colleagues in the School of Social Work—and our partners across other departments, including those in the schools of medicine and nursing—for their tireless work in launching these initiatives.”

For more information on the School of Social Work and its work in the community, visit LUC.edu/socialwork.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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