8 10, 2015

New USC, UCLA study to focus on experiences of LGBT service members in military

By |October 8th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

One of the first U.S. Department of Defense-funded research projects of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations
by Claudia Bustamante

Researchers from the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles, will collaborate on one of the first studies of the experiences of LGBT service members in the military.

The study will lay a foundation for future research of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender active-duty service members by exploring how they are integrated into the military; determine if health disparities exist between them and their heterosexual counterparts; and develop recommendations for better assimilation of LGBT service members to promote military readiness.

The […]

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7 10, 2015

CIR, LA Veterans Collaborative invest in collective impact initiative

By |October 7th, 2015|Collaborative, News|0 Comments

by Lily Cao

Some leaders from the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative recently attended a week-long summit on collective impact where they discovered new and innovative strategies that can be applied to ongoing work in the local veteran community.

Held in Vancouver, Canada, the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Summit introduced keynote speakers, insightful workshops and organized learning groups that each tackled one of the five key conditions of collective impact: common agendas, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and backbone support.

Attendees heard testimonies from forward-thinking professionals who have adopted this approach to tackle such pressing issues as poverty, racism and homelessness. They […]

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8 09, 2015

School shows military social work impact

By |September 8th, 2015|Giving|0 Comments

The USC School of Social Work and the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) recently hosted a brunch in San Diego to highlight the school’s dedication to military social work.

Held at the Hall of Heroes museum, which was graciously provided by long-time supporters of the school and military social work, Amy and Chuck Spielman, the August 29 event was an opportunity for guests to learn more about the important impact that both the school and CIR are making on society every day.

A short program featured remarks by Carl Castro, director of CIR, who articulated the […]

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21 08, 2015

USC military center launches veterans study in Chicago

By |August 21st, 2015|Giving, News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

The ground-breaking research conducted by the USC School of Social Work’s military center on local veteran transition challenges will now be able to help veterans outside of Southern California thanks to a $316,000 grant aimed at replicating the study in Chicago.

The grant by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will fund the Chicagoland Veterans Study, a comprehensive needs assessment developed by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. USC, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and with additional support from Deloitte and Prudential, will survey 2,000 veterans in Chicago and surrounding counties, providing local leaders […]

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17 08, 2015

Children in military families at higher risk for a variety of problems, study finds

By |August 17th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

Troubles include drug use, being bullied and bringing weapons to school, researchers from USC and Israel say
by Linda Jackson and Eddie North-Hager

Growing up in a military family during times of war puts a sizable proportion of children at a greater risk for a wide range of negative outcomes – drug use, being bullied or carrying a weapon to school – compared to their nonmilitary peers, according to a new study which appears this month in JAMA Pediatrics.

More military-connected students reported using alcohol (45 percent vs. 39 percent), being hit, kicked, slapped or pushed (36 percent vs. 27 percent) or bringing […]

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