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Student Spotlight: Holland Reid

Nursing@Simmons student Holland Reid found her way to the nursing profession when, after working a few odd jobs after high school, she decided to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Learn more about Holland, who is a member of the January 2014 cohort, in the following Q&A.

Thinking Pink Year-Round: Best Breast Cancer Coverage

In this post, we aim to cut through the media “noise” by collecting some of the most honest, insightful, and poignant pieces of journalism written about breast cancer over the past several years. These articles have been carefully hand-selected to help readers consider the broad spectrum of facts and opinions available today. Each has helped further the dialogue and deepen our awareness and understanding of this damaging disease.

 

The Coming Tide: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of New Refugees

As the number of refugees seeking a new home increases worldwide due to conflicts in countries such as Syria, so too does the need for social workers who understand the unique challenges of this population. Although many support services focus on the physical needs of refugees, social workers and health care practitioners must be better prepared to address the mental health needs of these populations. 

SocialWork@Simmons Student Life: First Generation Faculty Mentor Program

The decision to pursue graduate school is not one to take lightly. Many graduate students, need a support system to help them navigate the challenges that accompany the decision. While many students are able to rely on the expertise and knowledge of families members who preceded them and pursued higher education, students who are the first in their families to go to college — and to pursue graduate education — must rely on others for guidance on how to navigate academia.

The Challenges of Prisoner Re-Entry Into Society

When prisoners in the United States are released, they face an environment that is challenging and actively deters them from becoming productive members of society. Often viewed as sub-citizens, ex-offenders are perpetually punished for crimes. The causes of these restrictions are systemic and affect ex-offenders at all levels of society.

Disparities in Breast Cancer Prevention and Care

While breast cancer survival rates have improved in recent years, not all populations have benefited equally. Understanding the forces that drive these disparities is the first step to closing the gaps in prevention and treatment.