New Social Welfare Center Focuses On Priorities For Central California
The Department of Social Work Education and College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno today officially opened a center to offer research, training and evaluation services that address social welfare issues and policies with regional impact.
The Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center (SWERT) will be led by Dr. Jane Middleton, who also chairs Fresno State's Department of Social Work Education. She provides oversight and leadership to faculty, staff and students and plays a leading role in developing projects and programs to help children, families and elders. Middleton is president of the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter.
"During this next year, the center will be involved in identifying more community partners, involving students in research activities and pursuing additional external funding for our projects," said Middleton. "We will continue to provide ongoing training and evaluation services and look at ways in which we can expand these services."
The center supports evaluation and research conducted by Department of Social Work Education faculty and students, which helps policymakers, human service providers and stakeholders understand social welfare conditions and needs in Central California.
SWERT houses four projects and programs that help the community:
Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster, (559) 278-5292 or (559) 593-1815
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