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Imminent threats to federal and state budgets have the potential to severely harm a broad range of groups, including African-American men who have long faced barriers to accessing adequate social services. Those living in poverty disproportionately experience negative outcomes related to such areas as employment, education, incarceration, and mental and physical health. Despite the economic and social progress by significant numbers of black men and the symbolism of having an African-American male in the White House, far too many continue to face difficult barriers on the road to well-being and success for themselves and their families. Systems and policies that could help often don’t account for their varying needs or completely fail to reach the population.
This discussion will be led by well-respected scholars and social workers, including contributors to the book, Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy (Oxford University Press, 2010). Panelists will highlight quality research on black males and suggest necessary system and policy reforms.
Copies of Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy will be available for purchase at the event.
Waldo E. Johnson Jr., Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Charles E. Lewis Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor, Rep. Edolphus Towns
Michael A. Lindsey, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Joy Moses, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress
Erica Williams, Deputy Director for Progress 2050, Center for American Progress