Congratulations are in order! Professor Jessica Kahn and Professor Amanda Sisselman-Borgia from the Department of Social Work recently received about $2 million in funding from a HRSA Grant they co-wrote. The grant, which will begin on September 30th, 2017, was written with the goal in mind to develop new social workers who have a desire and passion to work with medically underserved populations after graduation. The grant will allow 29 MSW students to participate in this program every year; the funding will help cover student stipends, in hopes of encouraging more students to work with underserved communities. Chair Carl Mazza commented, saying, “This was a highly competitive grant and demonstrates our program’s mission of serving underserved urban populations and communities.”
Dr. Kahn is a Professor in the Social Work Department at Lehman as well as the MSW Program Graduate Advisor. Her research interests include child and family policy, child welfare, child maltreatment, evidence-based practice, and social work pedagogy, particularly the use of writing in the instruction process. Dr. Sisselman-Borgia is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Lehman College as well as a part of the faculty of the CUNY Institute for Health Equity. Dr. Sisselman-Borgia’s direct practice and research interests have focused on homelessness, poverty, and trauma and the impact of these issues on at-risk youth and families.
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