February 2017 Newsletter


Mid-Year Meeting in March

The Mid-Year Meeting for the Doris Duke Fellowships is coming up next month! On March 22 through March 24, current and graduated Doris Duke fellows will meet at Rutgers University for three days of connecting with other fellows, presenting research to peers, and networking with leaders in the field of child maltreatment prevention. If you are a graduated fellow who is interested in attending the meeting and have not yet RSVPed, email Sarah Wagener, Fellowship Network Coordinator, at swagener@chapinhall.org. Looking forward to seeing those who can make it in March!

Doris Duke Fellowships Special Issue of
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

This month, a special issue of Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal titled, “The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being: Seeking Innovations to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect” was made available in print. The genesis of this issue began at the Doris Duke Fellowships Mid-Year Meeting in 2016, hosted by the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and Duke University. The Guest Editors of this special issue are Kathryn Maguire-Jack and Paul Lanier, both Cohort One fellows. The articles in this issue are authored by several Doris Duke fellows, including Catherine Corr, Jennifer M. Geiger, Francie Julien-Chinn, Colleen C. Katz, Megan Hayes Piel, Lisa Schelbe, and Amanda Van Scoyoc. Additionally, several fellowship academic and policy mentors are featured as authors in the issue, including Lucy Berliner, Mark Courtney, Philip A. Fisher, and Rosa Milagros Santos. The issue begins with an article written by Deborah Daro, Chair of the Doris Duke Fellowships, and Lola Adedokun, Program Director for Child Well-Being at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Congratulations to all fellows and mentors who were involved in this special issue!

Doris Duke Fellowships Sustainability Meeting

In late January 2017, eight Doris Duke fellows who have graduated from the program met in Chicago to discuss sustaining the Doris Duke Fellowships network. Since the summer of 2016, each of the eight fellows in attendance has co-facilitated or participated in one of three workgroups related to sustaining the Doris Duke Fellowships network. The Organizational workgroup has worked to identify components of communication and program management that would need to be present in order to sustain the fellowship network. The Partners workgroup has worked to identify organizational or university partners that would be interested in supporting the work of Doris Duke fellows in the future. The Research Agenda workgroup has worked to understand the network’s goals in terms of developing a research agenda for the network and the field at large, as well as understanding the assets and resources available within the fellowship network in thinking about future research collaborations. Thank you to Kaela Byers, Jackie Duron, Leah Gjertson, Bart Kilka, Carlo Panlilio, Megan Hayes Piel, Kerri Raissian, and Lisa Schelbe for sharing ideas and strategies for sustainability in January!

New Policy Institute at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Many Doris Duke fellows have come to the fellowship from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. One of the first Mid-Year Meetings was hosted in partnership with WashU. The Brown School recently launched the Clark-Fox Policy Institute, which seeks to advance social and economic justice through collaborations that link evidence-based solutions to policy and practice. Visit the website to learn more.

Policy Update: House GOP presents Policy Brief on Repeal and Replace of ACA

On February 16, House Republicans presented a policy brief entitled, “Obamacare Repeal and Replace: Policy Brief and Resources,” which describes their plans for repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of concern to many is the policy brief’s exclusion of a discussion on the financing of new healthcare legislation and estimates of how many people would gain or lose insurance under new healthcare legislation. A summary article from the New York Times can be found here.


Noteworthy Resources:
Reports from CSSP on Supporting Immigrant Youth and LGBTQ Youth

The current political climate in the United States creates a great deal of uncertainty for various communities and their allies who may feel vulnerable under the current administration. Uncertainty exists surrounding how civil rights will be protected and how concerned allies can actively support communities in need. The Center for the Study of Social Policy has produced two valuable reports that provide policy and practice recommendations for supporting immigrant children and families and LGBTQ youth. Healthy, Thriving Communities: Safe Spaces for Immigrant Children and Families and Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare through Cross-System Collaboration will be useful for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and community activists and allies alike.