Upcoming Events: 

GRACE Event: Advanced Care Planning by South Asian Indian-Americans: Barriers and Facilitators 
Presenter: Dr. Kavita Radhakrishnan
Date: November 16, 2018
Time: 11:45-1:15
Room: SHSSW 1.214
CEUs will be available!
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Molly Cohen –

Previous Events:

GRACE Event: The LGBTQ Community and Aging Concerns
Presenters: Lisa Daly, MA and Cheryl Young, LCSW
Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 11:30-1:00
Room: SHSSW 1.214
CEUs will be available!
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kayla Richards –

GRACE Event: Improving Access to Depression Treatment for Low-income Homebound Seniors Through Tele-delivered Counseling
Presenters: Dr. Namkee Choi and Clinical Team
Date: March 2, 2018
Time: 11:30-1:00
Room: SHSSW 1.214
CEUs will be available!
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kayla Richards –

Texas Cancer Policy Forum-Austin

Wedneday, November 29, 2017, 2:00-4:00PM
UT Dell Medical School, Health Learning Building
Honorary Chair: Senator Kirk Watson

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will host its fourth annual Texas Cancer Policy Forum series this fall, uniting key leaders and decision makers in business, health care, and government to hear about the latest advances in cancer care and stories of success from the Lone Star State.

Texas institutions are generating exciting new life-saving therapies and making important advances in the fight against cancer, with significant investments from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) fueling the effort. This ongoing work is also providing a health boost to the state’s economy.

Join us at our forum events in Austin, Arlington or Houston to hear medical, economic, legislative and patient perspectives on the latest developments happening on the frontier of the fight for a world without cancer.

National Alliance for Grieving Children Webcast

For Children’s Grief Awareness Month, the National Alliance for Grieving Children will again host a Fall Conference & Webcast on Children’s Grief.  This popular event will feature thought leaders from the field of childhood bereavement who appeal to a diverse audience, including, funeral service, hospice care, health care, education, mental health, child welfare, and bereavement support professionals.

Register at:

The webcast will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm CST.

The webcast will stream live from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston Texas. A local audience is to be provided by the NAGC’s local host Bo’s Place (

Please email with any questions regarding hosting your event.

Documentary Screening: Defining Hope

Hospice Austin, Texas Nurses Association District 5 & Kitchen Table Conversations Present…

A documentary that follows eight patients with life-threatening illness, and the nurses who guide them to make critical choices along the way as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living.

One Night Only – Limited Seating

Wednesday, November 1st ~ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Regal 8 Cinema ~ 9828 Great Hills Trail

Tickets and Trailer at

Nurses will receive 1.25 free contact hours for watching the film and completing the evaluation thanks to the generous support of Walden University an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This screening is made possible thanks to the generous support of Hospice Austin.

For More Info or Questions Please Contact Ellen Martin

GRACE Event: Combating Social Isolation in Older Adults Through Telephone-based Programs

Presenter: Stephanie Glass, LMSW with Family Eldercare

Date and time: Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Room: 1.214, UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work

RSVPs Encouraged, CEUs available for a small filing fee.

Please join the GRACE Program at our upcoming educational event! Stephanie Glass, LMSW with Family Eldercare, will be presenting on current telephone-based programs working to reduce social isolation within the older adult community. This event will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11:30-1:00 in room 1.214 at the UT SHSSW. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kayla Richards – Professor Sarah Swords, GRACE Program Coordinator, is also available at

GRACE Event: Medicaid and Medicare 101

Refresh your knowledge of Medicaid and Medicare! Professor Cossy Hough, LCSW, and Professor Joan Asseff, LCSW will be covering eligibility, mental health, prescriptions, benefits, medical care, long-term care, and future changes.  Given the current political climate and the needs of our many clients, this is a great opportunity to learn more about these federal programs. This is the first GRACE event of the year, and is open to the community, students, faculty, staff, and social workers in the field. CEUs will be available. This GRACE Program Educational Event will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 in room 1.214, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Please contact Kayla Richards for more information – Professor Sarah Swords, GRACE Program Coordinator, is also available at

Title: Medicaid and Medicare 101

Presenters: Professor Cossy Hough, LCSW and Professor Joan Asseff, LCSW

Time: 12:00-2:00PM

Room: 1.214, Steve Hicks School of Social Work

CEUs available

Gerontology Resources Symposium:

This year’s topic, Neurological Issues in Older Adults: Issues: Ethical Considerations and Neuroprotectice Interventions, will be led by Dr. Arlene Montgomery. The Symposium will be held at UT’s Thompson Conference Center from 9-4 p.m. on April 7th.  The morning includes a discussion on Ethical Concerns from a Neurobiological Perspective and will run from 9-Noon. The afternoon session, from 1-4 p.m. will focus on Neurobiological Issues Involved in Assessing Issues in Older Adults. CEUs are available. The event costs $50 for half day and $90 for full day. A $15 late fee applies after 3/31/2017. TO REGISTER visit:  or call 512-471-2886. For more information visit 2017-gero-symposium-flyer

Disenfranchised Grief in Older Adults

Guest speaker Dede Sparks, LMSW will talk about disenfranchised grief in older adults.  The talk will take place at UT’s School of Social Work on January 27th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in room 1.212.

Group Work with Older Adults

Join Annette Juba, LCSW as she shares about group work with older adult populations.  The event will take place at St. David’s Foundation Headquarters at 1303 San Antonio Street, Suite 500 on February, 24th from 11:30-1:00 p.m.

The Dementia Capable Social Worker

Alyssa Aguirre, LCSW will lead a talk on the Dementia Capable Social Worker for the GRACE Program on March 3rd from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in room 1.214 at UT’s School of Social Work.

Join us for a Movie & Discussion with Wonders & Worries

Planning to see “A Monster Calls?” Join Wonders & Worries on Saturday, Jan. 14 for the 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. show at Lakeline Alamo Drafthouse. We’ll introduce the film and provide a discussion guide for families to process themes and emotions the film raises.
Is it okay for your child to watch “A Monster Calls?” Maybe. But read Wonders & Worries discussion guide first

Presentation by Farya Phillips, PhD: “Wonders & Worries: Evaluating a community based intervention for children who have a parent with cancer.”

What:  Center for Health Communication “Lunch Enlightenment” Series
When:  Tuesday, May 3rd, 12 – 1 pm
Where: CMA 7.120 (CMS Conference Room)


Two research presentations at the National Academics of Practice, April 8-9, 2016:

An Innovative, Longitudinal Medical School Curriculum in Interprofessional Education: Presentation by John Luk, MD; Gayle M. Timmerman, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN; Barbara L. Jones, PhD, MSW; Veronica Young, PharmD, MPH.  2016 NAP Poster DMS

Transformative Teams in Healthcare: Evaluation of an Advanced Interprofessional Seminar on Communication and Collaboration. Presentation by John Luk, MD; Mrinalini Kulkarni-Date, MD; Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW; Farya Phillips, PhD; Gayle Timmerman, PhD; Patrick Davis, PhD; Cindy Carlson, PhD; and Hollie Sadler, MD.  TTIH NAP Poster


Reimagining Healthcare: Improving the Present, Designing the Future. Presentation by doctoral fellows, Anao Zhang, LCSW and Jennifer Currin-McColluch, LMSW at the McCombs School of Business, Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Systems Symposium. April 7, 2016.







Fourth annual Gerontology Resources Symposium: Friday, April 8 from 9-4 pm at the Thompson Conference Center.

This CEU event is co-sponsored by the GRACE Program, the UT School of Social Work’s Office of Professional Development, and the Aging Services Council of Austin.  Shelley Imholte, LCSW, will present two half-day workshops, with the morning focusing on biopsychosocial issues of sexuality and aging and the afternoon focusing on ethics of sexuality, dementia, and long-term care.  The event will also feature an exhibitor fair, with booth space offered for groups serving older adults and their families.  The event is appropriate for students and professionals who want to learn more about these complex issues.

2016 Gero Symposium Flyer

Preterm Labor Assessment Training: Please join us for a healthcare provider training on Preterm Labor Assessment Training.

Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 – 2:00 pm
The University of Texas at Austin
San Jacinto Residence Hall Multipurpose Room

Registration fees
(parking at Brazos Parking Garage, breakfast, and lunch included):

$15 for medical residents
$25 for non-residents

To register, please visit

This educational activity will provide 2.75 contact hours for nurses upon successful completion.

Seton Healthcare Family is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) through the joint providership of The University of Texas at Austin – University Health Services and Dell Medical School.  The University of Texas at Austin – University Health Services is accredited by TMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians. University of Texas at Austin – University Health Services designates the above activity for 5 hours of credit for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in each activity


GRACE Program: Elder Issues Mediation: Bringing Peace to Fighting Families,” presented by Bruce Kravitz, founder and certified mediator at ElderPeace Partners

  • Friday, March 4, 2016, from 11:30 am – 1 pm
  • School of Social Work, Room 1.214
  • Flyer

UT Inter-Professional Educational Event: “Building the Team Society Needs: The Present and Future of Interprofessional Practice,” presented by Dr. Allan Dow, M.D., M.H.S.A.

The GRACE Program: “The LGBTQ Community and Aging Issues,” presented by Lisa Daly, MAT and Cheryl Young, LCSW. Flyer

February 5, 2016

Transformative Teams in Health Care: Course Symposium, Reception and Student Team Poster Presentations

Students from the Schools of Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Education Psychology present their final projects, with opening remarks by Clay Johnston, MD, PhD, the Inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School. Flyer

November 30, 2015

Images from the event:

Student posters:

“A Project in Transition: Nutrition in HIV/AIDs”

“Pediatric Palliative Care and End of Life”

“Supplemental Breastfeeding Resources for Providers”

“Community Outreach for an Evidence-Based Maternal and Early Childhood Health Program”

“Applying the ACE Study to Homeless Populations: A Brief Interprofessional Training Workshop”


GRACE Program: Medicaid and Medicare 101: What Do You Need to Know?    Presented by Dede Sparks, LMSW and Cossy Hough, LCSW.  Flyer

November 13, 2015


Dr. Sarah GehlertTransdisciplinary Science: Approaches to Addressing Health Disparities

November 6, 2015

This event is part of the Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. Flyer

gehlert_350Dr. Sarah Gehlert, PhD, MSW, MA

Dr. Gehlert is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the George Warren Brown School and Professor in the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the Co-Program Leader of the Prevention and Control Program of the Siteman Cancer Center and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded U54 Transdisciplinary Center on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) and serves on the Disparities Elimination Advisory Committee (DEAC) of Siteman’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD). Dr. Gehlert is a member of the Executive Committee of Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and chairs its Center for Community-Engaged Research.

Gehlert Presentation Slides


Film and Panel Address Breast Cancer Puzzle

October 28, 2015


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Institute co-sponsored a film screening of “Foreign Puzzle,” followed by a discussion panel. The event was part of the Center’s 2015-2016 series on Gender, Race, Sex and Health.