The COVID-19 pandemic has increased burnout among high-stress healthcare occupations, including social workers. An important part of the VCU School of Social Work’s curriculum is providing students “opportunities to learn about the practice of self-care during their coursework. They also get to see this modeled during their hands-on learning in the field,” says Dr. Rebecca Gomez, an associate dean and faculty member at the school.
Dr. Basil Gooden of the VCU School of Social Work is part of an interdisciplinary team working to fight food insecurity, which is the lack of access to nutritious food that supports a healthy lifestyle. Poverty and housing insecurity are key causes of food insecurity, which affects between 10-11% of the U.S. population. “With lower-resource, lower-income communities, those numbers go up,” Gooden says.
Focusing on the intersection of youth who have spent time in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, Social Work Today magazine’s Winter 2021 cover story features the expert perspectives of VCU School of Social Work alumni Allison Gilbreath and Naomi Sutton Reddish. Gilbreath is policy and programs director at Voices for Virginia’s Children, and Reddish is coordinator of the school’s Child Welfare Stipend Program.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates conditions for LGBTQ youth who are homeless, proposed solutions often fall short, according to Dr. Maurice Gattis, VCU School of Social Work associate professor. “I think more shelters and affordable housing will be created, but it likely won't be enough and there is still no agreed-upon definition of affordable housing. … Public housing is currently being demolished in cities across America without being replaced, which decreases the affordable housing stock.”