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As students advance in Step-Up, the McSilver Institute’s youth development and mental health support program embedded within seven low-resourced New York City high schools, they are required to develop a group project. These tend to be small-scale volunteer activities at school or in the community. This year, the second-year Step-Up students at Performing Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) in Central... Read more
Tune into the latest episode of Degrees of Freedom, the McSilver Institute’s quarterly web series, in which Anti-Racist Alliance co-founder and National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter President Sandy Bernabei makes an impassioned case for anti-racist social work practice in our race-constructed nation. Along with host Gary Parker, the McSilver Institute's Deputy Director,... Read more
Each year since 2014, volunteer professional photographers from the Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) have engaged students in the McSilver Institute’s Step-Up program in Photovoice, a participatory action approach that uses photographs to identify and address issues in their communities. This year, from April 23-28, JHP presented an exhibition of the students’ work entitled “I See Differently.... Read more
The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work (McSilver Institute) has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to establish a global, trans-disciplinary center focused on reducing child mental health service and research gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa. Partners in the global center, known as the African Center for... Read more
The McSilver Institute recently partnered with NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Dr. Alma Carten to host a fascinating seminar on the implications of new neuroscience knowledge for strength based clinical practice and social work education curriculum development. Keynote speaker Dr. Edmund Griffin, from Columbia University and NY Presbyterian Hospital, shared key principles of neurobiology, findings from his... Read more
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, New York State has worked diligently to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers. To support this effort, decision makers and stakeholders have implemented policies in line with the Triple Aim to improve patient experience and population health while reducing healthcare costs. One major change taking place in New York is the transition of Medicaid to managed care... Read more
The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work (McSilver Institute), in partnership with the International Center for Child Health and Asset Development (ICHAD) at Columbia University and AfriChild Center at Makerere University, is spearheading the First Annual Conference on Child Behavioral Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference, focused on innovative research and... Read more
On February 22, 2016, the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work brought together a panel of social work professionals to discuss their diverse careers within social policy practice. The audience included students from the Silver School’s advanced policy course, Current Issues in Social Work and Social Welfare Policy: Issues and Action, and fellow future MSWs from NYU... Read more
The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver School of Social Work is pleased to announce the launch of a new quarterly web series, Degrees of Freedom. Hosted by McSilver Institute Deputy Director Gary Parker, each 10-15 minute episode will feature a lively interview with a leading policymaker, researcher, or service provider making great strides to empower individuals and families... Read more
As reported by the Associated Press, The McSilver Institute, in partnership with the non-profit RAND Corporation, has been selected by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to provide implementation assistance and scientific evaluation for the Connections to Care (C2C) initiative, which aims to increase access to evidence-based mental health services in low-income communities. C2C, which is part of the de... Read more

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