CONTACT: CATHY CLEMONS
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0008; fax (319) 384-0024
UI conference to highlight innovations in social services
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The newest innovations in social service programs for
children and families are the subjects of an upcoming conference at the University
Sponsored in part by the UI School of Social Work, the "Innovations
in Social Services" conference will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday,
March 14 in the Old Brick church, located at the corner of Clinton and Market
Pre-registration and a fee of $65 is required. However, the public is invited
to attend the address by Lisbeth Schorr, a prominent author and national authority
on improving the lives of children.
Schorr will speak on the topic, "Common Purpose: Strengthening Families
and Communities" from 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. The cost to attend Schorr's
keynote lecture is $5, and visitors should bypass the general registration
lines and pay the conference representative located at the central door leading
into the meeting hall.
Schorr is a lecturer in social medicine at Harvard University, director of
the Harvard Project on Effective Interventions and co-chair of the Aspen Institute's
Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families.
She also is author of the 1988 book, "Within Our Reach: Breaking the
Cycle of Disadvantage," and a forthcoming book tentatively titled, "Common
Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America."
The conference also will include a panel discussion with several Midwestern
social service organizations, including two Cedar Rapids groups, the Patch
Project and the Partnership Project: Integrating Domestic Violence into Child
Protection. Also participating will be representatives from the Children,
Youth and Families Initiative of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children,
the St. Paul/Ramsey County Children's Initiative and the St. Louis Caring
Communities Programs. The afternoon schedule includes breakout sessions with
the panel participants and a final session on "Strategies for Sustaining
The conference also is sponsored by the UI-based National Resource Center
for Family Centered Practice, Linn County Decategorization, the Patch Project,
the Child and Family Policy Center, the American Humane Association and the
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Funding for the conference was made possible
in part by an "Innovations in American Government" award from the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Ford Foundation.
To pre-register for the conference, contact John Zalenski at (319)335-2200
or Margaret Nelson at (319)335-1276.