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At the McSilver Institute, an acute awareness of institutional/societal racism and the relationship between race and poverty are fundamental underpinnings of our work. In mid-December, 2014, the institute closed for two days so that the entire staff could participate in “Undoing Racism” training led by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The workshop presented a history of racism in the United States... Read more
On December 17, 2014, Dr. Abdallah Ibrahim, a Lecturer with the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at the University of Ghana School of Public Health, gave a presentation on a study he led to assess mental distress among incarcerated individuals in Northern Ghana’s Tamale central prison. It was the first study ever to look at mental distress in Ghana's correctional system, which had an inmate... Read more
Over the summer, the Clinic Technical Assistance Center, a New York State-funded collaboration of academic and service delivery organizations co-directed by the McSilver Institute, expanded its scope and re-launched as the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC). This development was spurred in part by the launch of the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center (MCTAC), led by McSilver with other... Read more
On December 4, the National Association of Social Work – New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC) will honor McSilver Deputy Director Gary Parker at its 8th Annual Leadership Awards. He will receive the Mid-Career Exemplary Leadership Award, which celebrates “social workers who demonstrate exemplary leadership and a unique commitment to the improvement of social and human conditions.” Since he received his MSW from the... Read more
On November 18, 2014, Susan Popkin, Ph.D., Director of the Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development, presented a lecture at McSilver on her research demonstrating the correlation between food insecurity and risky behavior among adolescents in low income neighborhoods. In partnership with Feeding America, Dr. Popkin conducted research at three public housing developments in Chicago, IL,... Read more
On November 13, McSilver Institute Director Dr. Mary McKay traveled to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow has some of the highest poverty rates in all of the European Union. According to a 2008 World Health Organization report, life expectancy in Glasgow’s impoverished Calton district was a shocking 54 years – 28 years lower than in Glasgow’s wealthy suburb Lenzie. Moreover, the Campaign to... Read more
On November 10, 2014, McSilver Visiting Scholars John Gal, Ph.D. and Idit Weiss-Gal, Ph.D. presented a McSilver Lecture entitled “Social Workers as Policy Actors: An Intellectual Odyssey.” The two, who are on sabbatical from the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Justice at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University respectively, based the... Read more
On Saturday, November 1, 2014, three students who participate in the McSilver Institute’s Step UP program, Luz Sanchez, Shakur Clark and Dodi Ebanks, were attendees and exhibitors at the annual PhotoPlus Conference and Expo held at the Javits Center in New York.  The international show brought wide exposure to the student-led program’s Photovoice initiative, in which students learned photography skills and,... Read more
The McSilver Institute is thrilled be a partner on a new recently awarded project to develop a new integrated care model to improve health outcomes and reduce poverty in New York City. Funded by the Robin Hood Foundation, over the 18 month grant period, a consortium of partners including Mount Sinai Medical Center, Bronx Lebanon Health System, Healthfirst, the Institute for Family Health, and PSCH, will... Read more
On May 28th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the McSilver Institute was joined by friends, colleagues, and partner organizations to celebrate the Second Annual McSilver Awards. The Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions in addressing the root causes of poverty and addressing its consequences.   The evening began with welcoming remarks from President of... Read more

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