JMSW Cohort Meetings, Fall 2018

Dr. Shears will host two cohort meetings for JMSW students as follows. Lunch will be provided.
  • Monday, September 10th, 12:15-1pm at NCAT, Gibbs Hall 318 for the first year/generalist students (class of 2020)
  • Tuesday, September 11th, 12:15pm-1pm at UNCG, Stone 204 for advanced standing & second year/specialist students (class of 2019)

Sept. 20th: Building Community Partnerships of Hope for the Opioid Crisis

For more information and to register, please visit:


The Lusk Center
2501 Summit Avenue
Greensboro, North Carolina 27405

Dates and Times

September 20, 2018 8:25 AM – 2:00 PM

Check in

September 20, 2018 8:00 AM


Our country is suffering a continued opioid crisis that is reaching epidemic proportions. In response, many communities are moving forward with collaborative and innovative approaches to find new and improved ways for turning around the negative impact of substance use disorder complications and help prevent the death rate from further spiraling down. This interdisciplinary, knowledge-based activity is designed to bring together partners from across the continuum of the opioid response care in our region. Community partners include healthcare providers from acute, primary and emergency settings; community and faith-based organizations who are creating new models of prevention, along with acute and chronic treatment care services. Panel discussions will provide updates on evolving service coordination, including case studies of persons actively involved in recovery, and updates on new initiatives for enhancing opioid services.The purpose of this activity is to equip the participant with the needed information to respond to this opioid epidemic through identifying recent opioid outcome trends and best practices with meaningful collaborative relationships through community partners.

Program Topics

– The State of Opioid Care and Images of the Ordinary Victim

– Meeting the Opioid Community Condition in the Continuum of Care

Acute Crisis Response Panel Discussion

– A Community Prevention Strategy: The Harm Reduction Clinic Model

– Connecting to Opioid Services

Services Coordination Panel Discussion

– Crossing Boundaries: Enhancing Community Opioid Support Initiatives

Community Agency Panel Discussion

– The Holistic Approach: Healthcare Resiliency for Opioid Care Providers

Speaker Faculty

Debbie A. Grant , RN, DNP, CENP

Bob E. Hamilton , BA, M Div, BCC

Cheryl A. Somers , RN, MSN NEA-BC

Hope M. Rife , ACSW, LCSW

William A. ‘Bill’ Hensel , MD

Anthony Ward , MBA, MSW

James L. ‘Jim’ Albright , NRP, BA, MS

Charles ‘Chase’ Holleman , BSW


  • Discuss and identify current trends in opioid prevention, treatment and outcomes for new models of care developed through community partnerships


Community health and faith-based nurses, ministers, lay leaders, community agency providers and anyone interested in community health response care for the opioid crisis.

Available Credits

CEU 0.45
Contact Hours 4.50

Event Fees

Lunch included


Dr. Yarneccia Dyson wins Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Yarnecia Dyson, winner of the 2018-2019 Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant

Each academic year, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program awards a faculty member with the Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant to support research or creative work related to our program. Dr. Yarneccia D. Dyson, Assistant Professor of Social Work,  is the winner of the 2018-2019 Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant for her research project “Herstory: The Use of Womanism as an Epistemological Lens to Explore Sexual Health Risks and Lived Experiences of Women of Color in College Aged 18- 29″. She is a Health Disparities Researcher who is dedicated to research that focuses on empowering marginalized communities. Her research agenda focuses on the exploration of sexual decision making skills, testing behaviors, and all levels (Individual, Group, and Community) of risk perception for HIV and STI.

An excerpt from her project–“The Herstory project seeks to fill a gap in the literature regarding beliefs and effective practices for reducing sexual burden for all students at MSIs and HBCUs, with particular attention to the lived experiences of Women of Color who are at elevated risk for HIV for the goals of understanding risk perception, sexual decision-making skills, attitudes towards prevention and testing, and well as the impact of the college environment. This Award will be integral in collecting and publishing qualitative research using participants’ voices to detail their lived experiences—components that are understudied and absent from the literature, that will explain sexual health risks, cultural factors, and the effects of the social environment when addressing the needs of marginalized populations.”

This is an excerpt from the original article published on the Women’s & Gender Studies website.

JMSW Alumna receives HHS Pacesetter Award!

Dr. Tiffany Washington, JMSW (2002) has been named one of the 2018 recipients of the HHS Pacesetter Award!

These awards honor outstanding alumni in the School who have attained local, state or regional recognition through their achievements in scholarship, leadership or service, during their career or through civic involvement.

Dr. Washington’s award will be presented during Homecoming weekend at the HHS Alumni Awards reception on October 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Dr. Tiffany Washington!