Day One

Monday, June 17, 2013       


9:00 am          Optional Pre-Conference Opportunities   

A number of optional Pre-Conference Opportunities are available for this conference. Please see the bottom of this page for information and to sign up.       


1:00 pm          Registration and Check-In


1:15 pm          Welcome

Lynn Videka (New York University Silver School of Social Work)

Constance McCatherin Silver (New York University)


Global Public Health


1:45 pm          General Session

Plenary Address        


"Global Health Status: The Pivotal Role of Social Determinants and Social Justice"

Cheryl G. Healton (New York University)


Cheryl Healton will review the impact of social determinants of health with special attention to poverty, lack of education, inadequate housing, and health services. The implications of the above for the shape of global health efforts will be discussed with an emphasis on potential solutions. The progress made in key health indicators through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be discussed along with the implications this experience thus far has for future global health goals and processes likely to further improve health.


2:30 pm          General Session 



"New Directions in Global Drug Control Policy"

Ethan Nadelmann (Drug Policy Alliance)


The global drug prohibition regime of the 20th century appears to be evolving, in fits and starts, toward a new 21st century global drug control regime better grounded in health and human rights.  Western Europe has led the way in this transformation but recent developments in the United States and Latin America are accelerating the evolution.  Ethan Nadelmann will take us around the world in 20 minutes.


"Global Public Health and Well-Being: The Social Work Response for Home Care in Resource Poor Communities"

Theresea Kaijage (Kaijage Consultants in African Family Health)


Theresa Kaijage will address issues of public health in resource-poor communities.   When a patient is discharged from a hospital to go home for “Home Care” what does that mean for social work when there is no budget for “CARE” in the health care budget of the ministry concerned in that country? Is there such budget in health related non-governmental organizations in such a country, or do donors funding such agencies also only play lip service to home care? What monitoring systems are in place to enable a community practitioner following up a discharged patient with chronic condition, i.e. AIDS, or mental health illness, to link the treatment regimen prescribed by the doctors to the aftercare in the home setting? Are there report-back mechanisms? Those are questions to ask and issues to explore both in public health and social work practice in the developing world.


"Rethinking Adolescence as a Critical Developmental Period for Global Health"

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos (New York University Silver School of Social Work)


Increasingly, adolescence has been identified as a critical developmental period for fostering long-term health, with significant potential to reduce adult morbidity and mortality. Despite growing recognition of the role adolescents play in establishing long-term health trajectories, they have largely been overlooked in the current global public health and social welfare strategy. Specifically, adolescence is a key developmental period where numerous risk and protective factors interact with transitions in biological processes and social development to shape the establishment of risk or health behavior. For example, nearly 70 percent of premature deaths are associated with behavioral practices established in adolescence. It is important to recognize that adolescents are heavily shaped by context, one of the most important being the family. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos will discuss how current approaches in global health, however, have tended not to focus on the family despite implications for current and future adolescent health. With the largest cohort of young people aged 10-24 living worldwide in history (1.8 billion), nearly 90 percent of which live in low or middle-income countries, resetting the global health agenda to invest in youth is crucial for addressing today’s most pressing health and social welfare problems.


4:00 pm          Invited Symposia (Concurrent)



"Longevity in the 21st Century: Global Caregiving Challenges and Opportunities"

Erica Dhar (Office of International Affairs, AARP)

Duy Nguyen (New York University Silver School of Social Work)

Bobbie Sackman (Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, Inc. (CSCS))

Tazuko Shibusawa (New York University Silver School of Social Work)


Amid population aging and increased life expectancies, organizations and governments seek to ensure productivity and longevity throughout the lifespan.  Caregiving is a particular focus for elderly populations, both as care recipients and as caregivers.  This panel presents three perspectives on global caregiving.  First, Erica Dhar will discuss caregiving in the context of global aging.  She will present on an international best practice care model that is being implemented in the U.S.  In the second paper, using New York City as a model, Bobbie Sackman will describe collaborative, grassroots efforts to advocate for racially, ethnically, and socially diverse community-based services to advance and age-equality agenda.  Finally, Duy Nguyen reviews evidence-based caregiving interventions, and uses the FamCare intervention as an example of a manualized intervention that has been applied with Latino and Asian older adults. 


Domestic Violence                                                              

"Peacemaking and Healing Circles for Domestic Violence: A Global Perspective on Practice"

Linda G. Mills (New York University)


Restorative justice is used around the world to address a variety of crimes.  Domestic violence is global phenomenon negatively affecting individuals, families, and communities.  In this presentation, Linda G. Mills will focus on the practice of using restorative justice circles as a treatment approach for domestic violence in multi-cultural contexts.


Families and At-Risk Latino Youth

"Global Adolescent Health"

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos (New York University Silver School of Social Work)

Jane Lee (New York University Silver School of Social Work)

Nicole Levitz (New York University Silver School of Social Work)

Katharine McCarthy (New York University Silver School of Social Work)

Yumary Ruiz (New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development)


This session will highlight current global challenges in adolescent health and discuss how innovative social work and multidisciplinary practices can improve the lives of youth and future health and well-being of the next global generation. A panel theme will be to highlight variation that exists among adolescent health needs in the world, such as early pregnancy and childbirth, HIV, mental health and substance use/abuse, and current challenges in addressing these needs, drawing upon both developed country and low-income country perspectives. The panel will feature research staff at the NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) and highlight how innovative work and partnerships at the school are applied in practice to support vulnerable youth in NYC and globally.

HIV/AIDS, Focus: Tanzania                                                            

"Home Care in Resource-Poor Communities"

Theresea Kaijage (Kaijage Consultants in African Family Health)


When a patient is discharged from a hospital to go home for Home Care, what does that mean when there is no budget for “CARE” in the healthcare budget of the ministry concerned in that country?  Is there such budget in health related non-governmental organizations, or do donors funding such agencies only pay lip service to Home Care?  What monitoring systems are in place to enable a community practitioner following up after discharge to link the treatment regimen provided at the hospital to the after care in the home setting? Are there report-back mechanisms? Those are questions to ask and issues to explore both in public health and social work practice in the developing world.  In this presentation, Theresa Kaijage will discuss Home Care: a system of care which administers a link between the care provided by the healthcare professionals to the patient in the hospital setting and the care provided by either family members or volunteer caregivers to within the home setting either before referral to, or after, discharge from the hospital.


HIV/AIDS, Focus: Brazil, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan

"HIV Prevention Research in Diverse Contexts: From Relationship Building to Adapting, Testing and Integrating Evidence-Based Interventions in Brazil, Mongolia and Kazakhstan"

Louisa Gilbert (School of Social Work, Columbia University)

Rogério Pinto (School of Social Work, Columbia University)

Susan S. Witte (School of Social Work, Columbia University)


Few models of international research have been developed by social workers, and those that have been developed provide little insight into the specific phases of such research. This presentation will give attendees a framework for establishing international research partnerships and will demonstrate how community engaged research advances helps to build relationships with stakeholders and participants. We will explore different types of community engagement in research that was done on HIV/AIDS interventions in Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and we will look at the integration of evidence-based interventions into primary care in Brazil.


Reproductive Health                                                            

"Gender Inequities and their Global Health Impact—An Analysis of Reproductive and Child Health in South Asia"

Anita Raj (University of California at San Diego)


Anita Raj will describe how early marriage of girls, son preference of offspring, and gender-based violence compromise reproductive and young child health at a population level in South Asia. These forms of gender inequality severely impede the health and development of girls in the region, and this concern holds true across other regions as well, including Central and South America as well as Africa. Novel intervention approaches at the community level, as well as via government supported cash transfer schemes, are being generated in South Asia to combat these gender inequities and their intersection with social inequities including poverty, low access to health care, and low education. These will be presented and discussed regarding the sustainability and capacity to improve public health impact. 


Substance Abuse                                                         

"Harm Reduction and Other Approaches to Substance Use Problems"

Ethan Nadelmann (Drug Policy Alliance)


“Harm reduction” is increasingly seen—even within the United States—as an essential component of responsible public health policies regarding people who use drugs.  Much confusion persists, however, about what “harm reduction” means (apart from needle exchange programs).  Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, defines the approach in terms of four complementary perspectives that incorporate drug treatment, drug policy, ethics and human rights.  Lala Straussner will serve as moderator and will discuss the social work perspectives on addressing substance use problems globally. 


“Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaskan Native Populations: Implementing a Screening and Brief Educational Intervention as Standard Care”

David A. Patterson Silver Wolf (Adelv unegv Waya) (George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis)


Substance Abuse in the American Indian/Native Alaskan (AI/NA) population is well-documented and has taken an incredible toll on many AI/NA communities. Presently, high risk substance use occurs disproportionately within AI/NA populations.  This presentation provides an updated overview of the impact of substance use in AI/NA communities.  It also provides implementation and policy recommendations for using a brief screening and educational intervention instrument in all health-related services. This evidence-based practice is currently available and has guidelines for incorporating it within standard practice and can be specifically beneficial in AI/NA communities.


Shulamith Lala Straussner (New York University Silver School of Social Work) will serve as moderator and will discuss the social work perspectives on addressing substance use problems globally.



Paper Sessions (Concurrent)                                                                      


Access to Care and Families                                                         

"Global Health Selective: An Interdisciplinary Clinical Clerkship on Cross-Cultural Sensitivity, Fund of Knowledge, Clinical Skills, and Service Delivery Methods in Global Health at New York University School of Medicine"

Nathan Bertelsen (New York University School of Medicine)

Michelle DallaPiazza (New York University School of Medicine)


Global health (GH) spans every scientific, clinical, and social science discipline. With special emphasis on cross-cultural sensitivity, the Global Health Selective is NYU School of Medicine’s only course specifically focused on GH, and its primary aim is to teach future practitioners fund of knowledge, clinical skills, and service delivery methods that strengthen GH care.  This presentation will discuss development, coordination, evaluation and next steps for this growing interdisciplinary course on GH. By discussing course activities such as patient case discussions and clinical skills simulation workshops, communication skills, health literacy, and health navigation will be emphasized. Opportunities for collaboration on GH with NYU Silver School of Social Work and other NYU schools will be explored.


"Global Partnerships for Developing Family Approaches to Community Mental Health"

Stevan Weine (University of Illinois at Chicago)


(GH) Partnerships are a promising strategy for developing family approaches to community mental health which build on key existing resources in families and communities. Those partnerships can use research to build knowledge on developing, implementing, and evaluating family interventions that are feasible, acceptable, and effective in the complex real-life contexts of low- and middle-income countries.  Comparison of one established (Kosovo) and one emerging (Tajikistan) initiative in two different countries can inform multi-level strategies for promoting the impact and sustainability of global partnerships.

Access to Care and Women                                                        

"Bridging Social Capital and its Impact on Access to Healthcare and Social Resources Among Indonesian Women"

Tuti Alawiyah (School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin)


This study focuses on how bridging social capital (e.g., participation in community-based organizations) has a positive impact on improving access to healthcare and social resources; using data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey Wave 4, this study tests this relationship among Indonesian women.  The focus on women in Indonesia is particularly important since research reflects gender inequality with regards to social capital in developing countries.  Using a multiple regression analysis, the results demonstrated that participation has a significant impact on the likelihood of receiving more support from friends and neighbors and improving access to healthcare, but not access to government supports.  


"Social Influences on Family Planning and Abortion Practices: A Qualitative Study in Armenia"

Ani Jilozian (Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai)


In Armenia, there is low prevalence of modern contraceptive use and abortion remains the principle method of birth control.  Through an exploratory qualitative research study carried out with women of reproductive age from select villages in the Armavir and Aragatsotn regions of Armenia, Ms. Jilozian has investigated women’s attitudes, behaviors, values, concerns, and motivations related to family planning, as well as the effects of family influence and decision-making power on the utilization of contraceptives and abortion.  This presentation is meant to give a voice to my participants.  As she shares direct quotes from in-depth interviews, she will explore timely issues that impact women’s reproductive health in Armenia, including misperceptions and distrust of modern contraceptives; the off-label use of misoprostol to induce abortions; and gender-biased sex selection.  She will also highlight intervention strategies that she believes will reduce the unmet need for family planning in Armenia. 



"Mutual Aid Communities Preventing School Dropouts in Rural Rwanda: A Case Study of the Duha Peace Family"

Edward Ballen (Rwanda Education Assistance Project (REAP))

Tristen Edwards (Duha Peace Family)


Despite progress in education reform, Rwanda still struggles with the issue of school dropouts, particularly at the rural level. High poverty, poor health, hunger, and the difficulty of learning English (Rwanda’s language of instruction) contribute to conditions of school drop-out. This paper focuses on a project developed at the Duha Complex School in Musha, Rwanda in partnership with the Rwanda Education Assistance Project (REAP). The project, the Duha Peace Family (DPF), is designed to keep high-risk students in school by reducing multiple risk factors and by promoting protective factors, especially by creating a welcoming school environment, and a “second chance” family experience. Rwandan schools often do not prioritize school community and students can feel isolated. DPF uses the structure of a mutual-aid group to create a sense of acceptance at school while also combatting the numerous risk factors that prevent impoverished youth from attending school. DPF is composed of orphans, who lack the support of an orphanage or other supportive guardians. 

"Portraits of Our Lives: Using Photo-Voice to Understand HIV Risk Among Young People in Haiti"

CarolAnn Daniel (Adelphai University School of Social Work)


Even before an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, HIV incidence among Haitians 15-24 years was alarmingly high particularly among girls. However, the response focused primarily on treatment and support and less so on prevention (UNICEF, 2012). Three years after the earthquake half a million people are still living tent camps. Experiences in similar contexts suggest increase in prevalence unless preventive steps are taken. In seeking to understand the factors that create both obstacles and facilitators to prevention programing for young people, we examine the cultural and environmental context behind their HIV vulnerabilities.  This presentation shows the results of a photo voice project—giving people cameras and using the pictures they take to better understand the realities of their lives—with 24 internally displaced young women 18-24 years in Leogane Haiti.  The results provided both a structural and a biographical perspective. Taken together, they illustrate how participants’ struggle for survival not only fuels their HIV risk but may also provide some of the most effective means of curbing its impact. 



"Global Evidence on HIV Disclosure to Children 12 and Under: A Review and Analysis of the Literature"

Susan Letteney (School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, York College, The City College of New York)


Recent estimates suggest 2.5 million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV globally and the total number of children aged 0–17 years who have lost one or both parents due to HIV has increased to 16.6 million. Social workers challenged by the complicated issues facing HIV-affected families are unsupported by the absence of evidence-based policies on when, how, and under what conditions children should be informed about their caregiver’s HIV status. A systematic review and analysis of empirical evidence through June 2010 on HIV disclosure to children 12 and under was conducted. Results suggest there is evidence of health and future care planning benefit for HIV+ and well children of HIV+ caregivers if the caregiver discloses his/her HIV status to them.  Evidence-based guidelines for pediatric HIV disclosure counseling may have a significant impact on improved health care for children and their caregivers with HIV disease as well as improved mental health for both worldwide.

"A Structured Review of Primary HIV Interventions Applicable to Haitian Women in the United States"

Guitele J. Rahill (College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida)


Primary HIV interventions for Haitian women are scarce.  Existent literature most often summarizes risk factors, omits the influence of gender, and does not account for the disproportionate incidence of HIV among Haitian women.  The group reviewed HIV prevention interventions applied with women of color.  The review: 1) canvassed the literature for effective HIV interventions targeting Haitian immigrant women; 2) sought studies on HIV prevention interventions reported as effective with African American and Latinas; and 3) assessed how elements from these selected studies can be useful in developing  effective primary HIV interventions for Haitian women.  Culturally significant prevention tools are most effective when: 1) based on an understanding of the psychosocial factors underlying HIV risk behaviors in particular ethnic groups; 2) use language familiar to participants; 3) are consistent with participants´ cultural beliefs, values and lifestyles; 4) are delivered by persons whom participants perceive as non-judgmental, and comfortable with sexuality; and, 5) are based on cognitive behavioral models. The most significant gains in prevention interventions that targeted individuals of color employed small groups- homogeneous to race and gender, interactive formats in familiar settings, and used role play with visual aids. The largest effect sizes were reported for interventions that used skills-based approaches to reduce unsafe sexual behavior.  Skills-based approaches for HIV prevention interventions found effective with African American and Latino women hold promise for applications with Haitian women if integrated with Haitian cultural health beliefs and practices.

5:30 pm          Reception 


Optional Pre-Conference Opportunities 

University Settlement 

University Settlement is one of New York's most dynamic social service institutions with deep roots on the Lower East Side.  Each year University Settlement's diverse programs help over 25,000 low-income and at-risk people build better lives for themselves and their families. With an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the United States, University Settlement has been an incubator for progressive ideas for over 126 years, offering pioneering programs in mental health, early childhood education, literacy, arts education, and adolescent development that set the standard.  Building on the strength of this experience, University Settlement now provides services at 21 locations in lower Manhattan as well as in upper Manhattan and Brooklyn.

A visit to University Settlement's historic headquarters will offer conference participants an opportunity to learn about its rich history that played a vital role in the foundation of social work. They will also have an opportunity to hear about the Settlement's current community activism and programming. Following an interactive, large group presentation, participants will break into small groups to tour the original building and witness first-hand the programs operating there today.

The group will meet at Unviersity Settlement (184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002) at 8:45 am.  The visit will start promptly at 9 am and run until 11 am.

Maximum capacity: 10 participants.  First come, first served via online sign up form (available shortly via this website).

Charge: No additional charge is required.




United Nations


The United Nations, founded in 1945, is best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. There are many other ways the United Nations and its specialized agencies, funds and programmes affect our lives and make the world a better place. The UN today plays a crucial and central role in addressing global affairs at all levels. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, expanding food production, and climate change, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.

The UN has a long intertwined history with the social work profession, from its inception to the present. The goals and mission of the UN and Social Work share much in common: to help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to promote social justice and encourage respect for human rights and freedoms. There are many complementarities and synergies between the UN agenda and the work of social workers. Social Work is once again rising on the global stage and social workers have an important role to play in international policy and practice. And today, we see social workers involved at every level of the United Nations as part of this major contribution.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to take a brief guided tour of the United Nations Headquarters to learn about this vital organization and experience some its treasures housed inside the UN building. Participants will then convene across the street at the UN Church Center to participate in a panel discussion to hear personal accounts about the exciting roles and activities that social workers have been involved with at the UN and with international NGOs providing expertise and advocacy with the UN system. The tour and panel will be led by Nancy E. Wallace, UN Main Representative, World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and Adjunct Faculty at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

The group will meet at the 43rd Street and First Avenue entrance, at 9:30.  The tour will start promptly at 9:45 am and run until 10:45 am.  Please arrive early to clear security.  Do not bring any large bags or suitcases.  Bring a photo ID.  Nancy Wallace will escort participants to the NYU Silver School of Social Work for a lecture (11:30 am - 12:30 pm) and boxed lunch (provided).

Maximum capacity: 25 participants.  First come, first served via online sign up form (available shortly via this website).

Charge: $35 charge in addition to conference registration fee is required.




The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

The Child Study Center (CSC) at NYU Langone Medical Center, provides state-of-the-art mental health care, performs groundbreaking research, and educates the next generation of leaders in child psychiatry and psychology.  Several different clinical services and specialized treatments are offered at the CSC, such as: cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and organizational skills training for children with ADHD. The CSC is also committed to understanding the causes and treatments of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.  Over the past decade, the research results of the CSC have been disseminated through more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles and thousands of presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Advanced training is offered at the CSC to prepare the next generation of mental health professionals to help ensure that tomorrow's children will continue to benefit from advanced clinical care and effective treatments that are the result of scientific research.

The group will meet at 9:00 am.  The visit will run until 11 am.  Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Child Study Center located at One Park Avenue on the 7th floor.  Following the brief tour participants will gather for coffee and will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Glenn Saxe, Director of the Child Study Center and Chair of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, who will discuss the cutting edge programs the center is  currently engaged in.  

Maximum capacity: 20 participants.  First come, first served via online sign up form (available shortly via this website).

Charge: No additional charge is required.




Qigong Workshop with Dr. Lai Ping Yuen

Qigong, also known as “Life Energy Cultivation”, is a mind-body practice that integrates postures, movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention. It improves mental and physical health by creating greater alignment between the movement of mind, body and spirit and cultivating equilibrium in all aspects of our being.

The group will meet at the NYU Silver School of Social Work (1 Washington Square North, Parlor, New York, NY 10003) at 8:45 am.  The session will start promptly at 9 am and run until 11 am.

Maximum capacity: 15 participants.  First come, first served via online sign up form (available shortly via this website).

Charge: No additional charge is required.