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Homing in on Veteran Suicide

More than 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year, or nearly 22 a day, and this rate has increased significantly in the past 10 years. Researchers with the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families believe they can now identify when veterans may be more prone to suicide, a first step in more effective prevention efforts.

Sharing Perspectives

Dean Marilyn Flynn, along with Anthony Hassan, director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, and Carl Castro, assistant professor, traveled to Taiwan to share their expertise on the development of a military social work academic program and how it could benefit the country as it moves toward an all-volunteer military force.

Environmental Factors

Assistant Professor Benjamin Henwood has assembled a multidisciplinary team to study how the “built environment” of neighborhoods and surroundings influences the long-term health of homeless people who live in state and federally supplied housing.

New Report Blasts U.S. Prison Policies

The United States incarcerates too many people, a new National Research Council report concludes. The study's authors argue the U.S. needs to revise its current criminal justice policies -- including sentencing laws and drug enforcement. "We found the reason for the increase was not associated with rising crime rates but policy choices," said Professor Avelardo Valdez, who served on the committee that produced the 464-page report.

Spotlight

The Children’s Data Network, housed at the USC School of Social Work, is a data and research collaborative that links and analyzes children's administrative records to advance policies that will improve their well-being.

People

Associate Professor Karen Lincoln testified in front of the California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, which brought together experts who gave recommendations for a more effective support system for elders.

Giving

The Hutto-Patterson Charitable Foundation will give $3 million to establish the Hutto-Patterson Institute for Community Health at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and the USC School of Social Work.