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Paint Chicago Orange and Blue at Illini Fest

June 24, 2019

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is strengthening its outreach to Chicago with its first-ever downtown festival. Illini Fest, planned for Thursday, July 18 from 3-6 p.m. in the Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park, aims to bring the university experience to the more than 150,000 Fighting Illini alumni living in Chicagoland. The free event ... Read more

Youth Marijuana Use in Illinois

May 6, 2019

The number of Illinois teens who reported using marijuana during the past year has remained stable since 2008. However, the number of high school seniors who say using it would make peers perceive them as “cool” doubled – from 25% to 50% over the past decade, according to a new report by the University of ... Read more

Conceptual Interdisciplinary Model of Exposure to Environmental Changes to Address Indigenous Health and Well-Being

May 6, 2019

While Indigenous populations such as the Houma tribe on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast are especially vulnerable to environmental change, mistrust fomented by the tribe’s history with overt discrimination, forcible relocation and institutional racism complicates efforts to help them adapt to it, new research suggests. Shanondora Billiot, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois and a ... Read more


Young Adult Health Across the Lifespan: Policy and Practice

March 26, 2019

Featured Keynote Speaker:  IL State Senator Omar Aquino This FREE educational event is planned by Social Work HEALS students for students and faculty in partnership with local and state stakeholders to discuss young adult health and wellness, advocacy, and financial literacy. While many other developmental age groups receive special attention regarding their health concerns, young ... Read more


National Symposium and Expo to Focus on Perinatal Mental, Physical Health

March 21, 2019

The Patient Advisory Group of the Identifying Depression through Early Assessment Women’s Health Coalition is coordinating the events. The group and the IDEA coalition heighten awareness about perinatal depression and involve patients in research to improve services for women during the perinatal period. The coalition is led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen ... Read more


Garthe Named Recipient of Campus Research Board Grant

March 7, 2019

Assistant professor Rachel Garthe has been named the recipient of a Campus Research Board grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for her project: Perceptions of School Climate in Relation to Youth Violence, Mental Health, and Academic Outcomes among Middle School Students. “Schools are one of the major socializing institutions for youth ... Read more

Periodic Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Payment, Financial Stress and Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study

March 1, 2019

In this study, social work professor Flavia Andrade and her co-authors  examine the relationship between an advanced periodic payment of the EITC and recipients’ wellbeing. They compare the perceived financial stress of recipients receiving a traditional lump-sum payment to a group that received four advanced payments spread throughout the year. Periodic payment recipients experienced significantly ... Read more


Feelings of Economic Insecurity and Perceptions of Income Inequality Influence Parents’ Endorsement of Authoritarian Practices

February 18, 2019

White parents who feel that they’re falling through the cracks of today’s economy may be more likely to believe in authoritarian parenting practices such as spanking and demanding obedience, a new study found. “Compared with the highest earners, whites who perceived themselves to be members of the lower or working class were 25 percent more ... Read more

Educational Differences in Cognitive Life Expectancy Among Older Adults in Brazil

February 8, 2019

Brazil, as many other countries in the world, has experienced fast growth of its older adult population. With population aging, issues related to cognitive impairment become increasingly urgent because old age is a major risk factor for cognitive decline. Evidence indicates that older adults in developing countries have lower levels of cognition when compared to ... Read more