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Brown School Announces Jason Green as Commencement Speaker

Brown School Dean Mary McKay has announced that Jason Green, AB ’03, co-founder of the for-purpose technology company SkillSmart, will speak at the 2017 Brown School Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 18.

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Students Engage in Policy Training on Capitol Hill

With Capitol Hill as their classroom, 23 Brown School students spent Spring Break immersed in policy education and training in Washington, D.C.

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David Patterson: More Must Be Done to Address Opioid Crisis

Trump’s proposed budget aims to address the opioid crisis with a $500 million increase in prevention and treatment, but it isn’t enough to address the issue, says Associate Professor David Patterson.

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Employer-Based Financial Wellness Programs Project Receives $750,000 Grant from Kellogg Foundation

Over the next two years, the Brown School’s Center for Social Development will conduct a large-scale intervention study to assess implementation effectiveness and employee financial security outcomes of employer-based financial wellness programs.

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Brown Alumni and Friends Honored at Annual Awards

Eight awardees were honored at the 34th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. The event highlights Brown School graduates and supporters who work in diverse ways for positive change around the globe.

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Overweight Mothers Underestimate their Children’s Weight

Mothers who are overweight or obese tend to underestimate the weights of their obese children, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Student Spotlight: Donnatesa Dean

A second-year MPH student specializing in Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Donnatesa Dean has worked closely with the For the Sake of All initiative to help expand school-based health centers.

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Tim McBride: Trump and GOP Face Catch-22 Trying to Alter ACA

While President Trump and a Republican-controlled legislature look to make good on campaign promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, political reality is kicking in, says Brown School Professor Tim McBride.

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Three Journals Turn Attention to Financial Capability, Asset Building

Three leading journals are heightening awareness of a national effort to reintroduce to social work a curriculum focused on building financial capability for all Americans.

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Summer Institute Offers Intensive Skill-Building Courses

​Registration has launched second annual Summer Institute. The Brown School will offer 18 courses in areas like system dynamics, management and leadership, statistical analysis, policy and evaluation.

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Vanessa Fabbre: Bathroom is Source of Trauma for Transgender People

A vast amount of evidence shows that bathrooms are often the site of abuse and trauma against transgender people, not the other way around, says an expert on transgender aging at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Board of Trustees Grants Faculty Appointments, Tenure

At the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees meeting March 3, the following Brown School faculty members were promoted with tenure: Derek Brown, Alexis Duncan, Darrell L. Hudson and Jason Q. Purnell.

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Empowering Women Around the World

​At 24, Rebecca van Bergen, MSW ’06, founded Nest, a nonprofit that connects artisans to the commercial ­marketplace. Artisan craftwork is the ­second largest ­industry after agriculture in the developing world.

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HomeGrown STL Summit Aims to Better Lives for Black Males in St. Louis

​The HomeGrown STL Inaugural Summit, held February 9, 2017 at the Brown School, drew about 120 passionate locals committed to improving the lives of black boys and young men in St. Louis City and County.

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Using Twitter May Increase Food-Poisoning Reporting

Twitter communications between the public and the proper government authorities could improve foodborne illness reporting as well as the steps that follow, according to a new study from the Brown School.

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