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School of Social Work partners with Southeast Florida Library Information Network and the Miami-Dade Public Library System to provide help to those in our community who need it most
The School of Social Work at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work has partnered with the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) to provide patrons in the Miami-Dade Public County Library System (MDPLS) a program that will bring much needed social services to the libraries.
“Libraries are really seen as a safe place during the day for a lot of populations to have access to computers, air conditioning, and bathrooms. Social workers can help provide case management, develop relationships with community stakeholders, and train librarians on how to work with vulnerable populations, who may be in crisis or dealing with trauma,” said Jennifer Abeloff, associate director and clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work.
In clinical settings and hospitals, handwashing is all the more vital to ensure both patients and staff reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections, which affect one out of every 25 hospitalized patients.
“Hand hygiene is such an important aspect of controlling the spread of infections in healthcare settings, yet compliance has been found to be below 50 percent among hospital staff,” said Adriana Jimenez, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at Stempel College, who co-authored the paper with Yanet Manresa, Master of Public Health, ‘19 from Stempel College. “We also noticed that few studies addressed the role of patient hand hygiene and hypothesized that improving the availability and access to hand sanitizing wipes by the patients’ bedside would increase compliance with patient hand hygiene.”
While Hookah, a.k.a waterpipe, tobacco smoking is rooted in the middle eastern cultures, it is rising in popularity among young people worldwide. The high popularity of hookah is attributed mainly to the introduction of tobacco flavoring, a growing cafe culture, the spread of social media and the absence of strong hookah-specific regulatory or policy frameworks.
“Addiction is a family disease. The entire family gets sick when one family member is addicted. When the addict gets better, the family can begin to heal,” said Ladis, who graduated from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work’s School of Social Work with a master of social work (MSW) in 2012 and his Ph.D. in social welfare in 2018. “About 50 percent of my patients are families experiencing an addiction crisis; either the father, mother or kid has a substance user problem and I am trying to help the family heal.”
Ladis knows first-hand what it means to be a parent afflicted with addiction. A husband and father of four, Ladis was a successful businessman and CPA when he realized that he was in crisis and needed to go into treatment. He has now been clean and sober for more than 13 years.