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Executive Training Academy for Social Work Deans and Directors Prepares Leaders for Changing Health Care Landscape

As Health Care Reform and Gerontology Needs Loom, “Leadership Academy in Aging” Announces 2012-2013 Class

NEW YORK, NY – Health care reform and a dramatic shortage of health workers who specialize in aging care present the backdrop for the incoming class of 10 deans and directors of university social work programs accepted for the 2012-2013 Leadership Academy in Aging. Now in its fifth year, the Academy is a nationwide, year-long executive training series for deans and directors of social work programs to build their leadership skills in the field of aging care.

“Whatever form health care reform ultimately takes, the legislation is sure to introduce changes to an already complex health care system. Yet these reforms are unlikely to solve one of the most pressing issues facing the aging Baby Boom generation: the massive shortfall of aging care specialists,” said Patricia Volland, Director of The Social Work Leadership at The New York Academy of Medicine, which leads the Academy jointly with the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD). “Social work educators, because social work practitioners have expertise in both social services and medical care, are uniquely qualified to help shape and manage these two tidal waves of change.”

The Leadership Academy will kick off this fall in Washington, DC with the first of four in-person workshops on topics including management, leadership development, legislative outreach, media relations, community development, fundraising, and faculty relations. Additionally, each participant is required to develop a plan to strengthen the aging agenda into their work and school.

“Few deans and directors in social work have been trained as gerontologists and that’s something we need to change—the times demand it,” said Katharine Briar-Lawson, past president of NADD and a dean and professor at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY. “The Academy was created with the belief that it’s never too late to build expertise.”

Briar-Lawson said a number of the projects initiated by the Academy’s previous classes are already making waves in the aging care field. The department chair of the social work department at Binghamton University of New York, for example, has launched a gerontology institute at the university, in partnership with Upstate Medical University and local community aging services providers, to promote aging care research and training.
The 2012-13 Leadership Academy participants:

Dianne Green-Smith, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, Director and Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University School of Social Work

Eileen F. Levy, PhD, Director and Associate Professor, School of Social Work San Francisco State University

Miah Mizanur, PhD, Director & Professor, School of Social Work Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, DSW, ACSW, Dean and Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work Yeshiva University

Vimala Pillari MSW, DSW, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

Kathleen J. Pottick, PhD, MSW, Acting Dean and Professor School of Social Work
Rutgers University, State University of New Jersey

Anna Marie Scheyett, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CASMCM, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,  Clinical Associate Professor School of Social Work, The University of South Carolina College of Social Work

Charles Stoops, PhD, MSW, Dean & Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work Dominican University

Cheryl Waites, EdD, MSW, Dean and Professor, Wayne State University School of Social Work

Evaon C. Wong-Kim PhD, MPH, LCSW, Chair and Professor, Department of Social Work California State University, East Bay

About The Leadership Academy in Aging
The Leadership Academy in Aging is part of an ambitious, multi-year strategy led jointly by the Social Work Leadership (SWLI) at The New York Academy of Medicine and the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD), initially supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, to grow the workforce of social workers who specialize in aging. SWLI is a national program that supports healthy aging by ensuring that America's older adults receive the care they need to stay independent and in charge of their lives—and that their caregivers also get the support they deserve. SWLI’s goals are to grow the workforce of social workers who specialize in aging and to improve long-term, community-based care for older adults so health and social services are more comprehensive, better linked, and easier to access.

About NYAM
NYAM has been advancing the health of people in cities since 1847. An independent organization, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; and to implement interventions that eliminate health disparities.

Posted on October 2, 2012

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