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Dre Johnson

Dre JohnsonMFP master’s fellow and Florida Atlantic University provost fellow Dre Johnson is conducting research with professors about the evolution of clinical social work and how social workers can play a role in preventing mass shootings in schools. Dre will present on this topic at the NASW-FL Annual Social Work Conference, to be held June 13–15 in Orlando, FL. In his internship at Broward County Public Schools Dre serves as a dependency court liaison, helping support children and families entering the foster care system by providing a link to direct services in the community and working with students to meet their mental health needs. Learn more about Dre here.

Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath

Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrathCheyenne, an MFP master’s fellow and student at Salem State University in Massachusetts, authored “Sexuality and Gender Affirmation in Transgender Men Who Have Sex With Cisgender Men” in the International Journal of Transgenderism. She is currently working on a study to consider factors affecting transition-aged youths experiencing homelessness from accessing long-term housing. Cheyenne works as a primary care social work clinician at Bedford Veterans Hospital, helping provide short-term behavioral therapy to veterans. She is also a youth worker in a transition-aged youth shelter, where she offers goal-setting and mentoring. Cheyenne hosts the podcast Queer as Duck, which focuses on topics affecting queer millennials, from media to politics. Connect with Cheyenne on LinkedIn here.

Gabrielle Aquino-Adriatico, MSW, PPSC

Gabrielle Aquino-AdriaticoGabrielle, a 2015 MFP master’s alumna, is a retention specialist at Lone Star College – University Park in Houston, TX. She works with Early Alert to help connect students to resources on and off campus to ensure all students are equipped with the skills needed to achieve their goals. Gabrielle contributed to the 2017 textbook, Ending Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery: Freedom's Journey, including chapters on trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, the survivor advocate model, and faith-based interventions. Gabrielle is grateful for the opportunity to have met with survivors who deepened her understanding of how important protective factors are in helping prevent the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. Connect with Gabrielle on LinkedIn here. 

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW

Crystal HayesCurrent doctoral fellow and University of Connecticut student Crystal M. Hayes recently wrote a blog post with Ms. Magazine titled “The Canary in the Coal Mine: Racism, Human Rights and Fighting for Incarcerated Pregnant Black Women” on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On January 30, Crystal kicked off Boston University’s #MLKforum2019 panel discussion with her presentation, “Black Women Be(en) Knowing: Making the Connection Between Reproductive Justice, Black Women’s Advocacy, and Dismantling Racism.”


BHM Article: We Must Never Forget the Progress and Struggle of African Americans!

Tawanda HubbardNASW-NJ Chapter President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW, a 2017 MFP doctoral alumna, pays tribute to generations of African Americans in observance of Black History Month. Read the full article here.


Announcement: 2019–2020 MFP Doctoral Application Cycle Now Open

CSWE’s 2019–2020 Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) application period is now open. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 29, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST. Application instructions are on the MFP How to Apply page. Please share this announcement with qualified interested parties. 



Announcement: Summer Health Equity Fellowship Now Open
The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) Summer 2019 Health Equity Fellowship application is now available and closes on February 22, 2019. The YHEMOP fellowship places recent graduates and currently enrolled students into short-term health equity fellowships. This fellowship helps meet the needs of diverse organizations that promote health equity and/or address health disparities. To learn more, visit the YHEMOP Fellowship Web page for information and application requirements.

Webinar: Understanding Career Pathways for the Young Adult Workforce
Youth MOVE National will review national data and provide insight into how to support an emerging workforce. Register and learn more about the webinar here.​

SAMHSA Launches New Mental Illness Website 
SMISerious Mental Health Advisor is a new website created by SAMHSA in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association. It offers expert consultation services and learning opportunities to support clinicians who provide evidence-based care for individuals living with serious mental illness.

Webinar: Mapping SBIRT to the 2015 CSWE EPAS
Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a research-based approach for identifying at-risk alcohol and substance use. This webinar recording examines how SBIRT applies to the 2015 CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) competencies and discusses how SBIRT can be integrated into the classroom.

Webinar: Introduction to SAMHSA MFP
Participants will learn about the Minority Fellowship Program’s (MFP’s) history, program goals and objectives, the six MFP grantee organizations, and gain an overview of key resources for MFP fellows through SAMHSA. Participants can also expect information on the MFP Coordinating Center, its website, the Resource Library, quarterly e-newsletters, and webinars. View the SAMHSA MFP Orientation webinar here.

CRISMA to Host Conference on Race in Applied Research
Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) will host its inaugural conference at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The conference will bring together talented scholars who are working toward the elimination of racial inequalities in social, economic, and health outcomes. Register here for this free and open to the public event.

HRSA Launches Loan Repayment Program
To combat the nation's opioid crisis, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program. The program supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to substance use disorder treatment and prevent overdose deaths. Click here for more information to apply by February 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm EST.

MFP Fellow and Alumni Features
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