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Joey Maggard, executive director for Central Kentucky American Heart Association, to retire

Joey Maggard, executive director for the Central Kentucky Division of the American Heart Association, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31. During Maggard’s 15-year tenure, the local division has made great strides in visibility, fundraising and outreach. Under Maggard’s leadership, the local division staff and volunteers have set numerous National Benchmarks in fundraising, with the...

Success against all odds: From aging out of foster care to UK College of Social Work graduate

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Can you recall a time when you felt the odds were stacked against you? It’s a common phrase you’ve most likely used in casual conversation. For Tamara Vest, “the odds were stacked against me” isn’t just a simple sentence to sum up an unfortunate situation. The 23-year-old has rarely been given a fair chance at succeeding. And behind every success,...

During November National Adoption Month, UK launches virtual support group for adopted Ky. teens

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky In Kentucky, there are nearly 10,000 young people in foster care, of which nearly one-third are waiting for their “forever” adoptive home. That’s why the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky remains committed to supporting adoptive and foster families. “Having been in out-of-home care myself, I can certainly appreciate the complexities...

UK responds to critical needs with fully-online undergraduate social work degree program

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Helping people in need is more than a career — it’s a calling. Now you can answer that calling by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) from the University of Kentucky completely online. Times are tumultuous, and 2020 has brought challenges like never before. From a public health crisis to movements against social injustice, communities are in...

UK College of Social Work receives $100,000 grant to bring together suicide survivors, researchers

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A new project spearheaded by a team of researchers in the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky aims to empower those with lived experience of suicide. The project — which will inform suicide-related advocacy, education, research and treatment — is being funded by a nearly $100,000 grant through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement...

Dr. Jay Miller: To improve nation’s foster care systems, listen to those who’ve been through it

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first presidential proclamation that established May as National Foster Care Month. Since that time, May has been an opportunity to critically reflect on successes in shortcomings in meeting the needs of foster youth and their families. The foster care system is one of unique complexity. Having been in foster care myself, I can personally attest to this...

UK College of Social Work holds virtual ceremony for 24 graduating Army officers in MSW program

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Many students around the country are missing milestones. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, schools and universities are making the tough decision to cancel or postpone commencement ceremonies. Though it’s inevitable that academic celebrations will look and feel different, it’s important to note — the achievements of the Class of 2020 should not be diminished. “The...

Commentary: During March, Social Work Month, celebrate the great work of practitioners, educators

By Jay Miller and Ann Vail University of Kentucky March is designated Social Work Month. Since the 1960s, this month has been marked as a time to celebrate the significant work of social work practitioners, educators, researchers and students. Social work has a rich and storied history. The foundational impact of Jane Adams’ Hull House, and Mary Richmond’s Charity Organization Societies has reverberated...