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The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research has launched a new unit within the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) to provide tailored, on-site, managed care technical assistance to a subset of vulnerable New York City mental health clinics that provide vital healthcare access to communities that would not otherwise be served. Called Individualized Technical Assistance Consultations... Read more
During the first week of January 2015, McSilver Institute Deputy Director Gary Parker and Assistant Director of Policy and External Affairs Dan Ferris taught “Social Work and Legislative Advocacy,” an NYU Silver School elective held in Washington, D.C. More than two dozen students learned about government and the legislative process. Using a non-oppressive, community organizing lens, students developed the knowledge... Read more
Mary M. McKay, Ph.D., McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies and director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the New York University Silver School of Social Work, has been named to New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Project Approval and Oversight Panel. DSRIP is the state’s $6.4 billion Medicaid system reform initiative designed to incentivize community-level... Read more
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

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