Announcements — February 2011 Archives

February 14, 2011

Midwifery & Health Service Exchange Program

Midwifery & Health in the Americas: Marrying Mayan & Western Medicine

Service- Exchange Program – July 2 – July 9, 2011

Hosted by the VCU Institute for Women’s Health in partnership with the Highland Support Project, Partners in Service Program and the Association of Highland women (AMA)

The work of a midwife in Guatemala is an ancient art form, using philosophies and techniques that are virtually unknown in Western medicine. Her practices are founded on the belief that we must achieve and maintain a balance between humans and the environment. In the highlands of Guatemala, midwives are often the only health care providers for many miles in isolated, rural communities. They are eager for more knowledge of medicine and the opportunity to develop their abilities in order to improve the quality of care given to their patients. We are offering an opportunity for health professionals, social workers and interested others, from the US to visit Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to participate in a week long exchange with a group of Guatemalan midwives, health promoters and community leaders. Together we will be working with the local group Association of Highland Women (AMA) following up on a health assessment administered in two villages and supporting the communities efforts in the development of a Maya Health Center and Maternity House, to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate in indigenous women in Guatemala.

Trip Details: The standard 8 day trip with all expenses paid includes all in country transportation, food, lodging and translators.

The cost is $950, plus airfare.

The itinerary includes cultural, educational, service and exchange aspects and will be tailored to the interests of the team participants, but do expect time with midwives and health promoters learning about traditional midwifery practices, and medicinal herbs, perhaps lectures from a Mayan Cosmo-vision expert, bone-setters, and spirit guides and a chance to shop at local indigenous markets and visit to Antigua. We will organize an informational meeting in the early Spring and together we will develop our final trip itinerary to match interests and needs of participants. We’ll also answer any questions and provide some context on Guatemala, maternal and child health.

Janett Forte, with the VCU Institute for Women’s Health will be serving as a team leader. Contact information: phone 804-827-1200, Email:

As the team leader, Ms. Forte will be working closely with HSP staff to organize the group, recruiting participants and serving in a leadership capacity on the trip itself. Please contact her directly with questions or to secure an application. Space is limited to 13 participants.

****** February 25, 2011 is deadline for applications *******

For more information visit:

Janett Forte, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Program Director

VCU Institute for Women’s Health

PO Box 980319

1200 E Clay Street, Suite 1001

Richmond, Virginia 23298-0319

Phone: 804-827-1200

Fax: 804-827-0957


Midwives ExchangeApplication2011.doc

February 9, 2011

Volunteers Needed for Phone-a-thon


March is National Social Work Month! Join us to celebrate and demonstrate your commitment.

We will be holding our Spring Social Work Annual Appeal and we need your help! Dean Hinterlong is encouraging all students, student association members, SSWAN members, alumni, and retired faculty to participate in this phone-a-thon. It’s actually FUN! Our graduates LOVE to speak with current students, alumni and faculty!

Who: We need 5-7 volunteers per shift

What: Calling our graduates, sharing our news

When: 3 evenings a week from 5:30-9:00 pm- Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays

Sign-up now for as little as one evening shift, or more if you wish.

Dates: March 7, 8, 10

March 14, 15, 17

March 21, 22, 24

March 28, 29, 31

Where: The Raleigh Building, 1001 W. Franklin Street

Why: Benefits include camaraderie, food, helping your school, $100 prize for

the student association with the most participation hours, $100 prize for the individual who secures the greatest number of gifts in a single shift throughout the campaign.

Arrive no later than 5:30 for training. The shift runs from 6-9 pm

If making calls is not your thing, sign-up to help with important administrative functions to support the call efforts.

Call or Email Katherine Dolvin, Development & Alumni Relations Assistant at 804-828-6760 or to sign-up for your time slot.

We are depending on you! Thank you so much!

February 8, 2011

Broce Represents the School of Social Work at Annual Graduate Student Research Forum

Each year, the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools (VCGS) hosts the Graduate Student Research Forum to provide an opportunity for the public, legislators, and the business community to hear about current graduate student research, which promotes economic, social, and civic development in Virginia. Thirteen Virginia universities, as well as numerous others from across the country, were represented at this year’s forum held February 3, 2011 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

Doctoral candidate Robert S. Broce, an invited presenter representing the VCU School of Social Work, presented on his research initiative Development of the Multiple Family Group Weekend Retreat: Enhancing Family Functioning During the Middle School Transition, which was very well received. Broce is a May 2011 candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree.

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Robert S. Broce, Doctoral Candidate, represented the VCU School of Social Work at Sixth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum

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Broce with Dr. Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D. Program Director, VCU School of Social Work

Presentation Poster.pdf