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3/28: Combatting Disinformation and Voting for Social Determinants of Health

Friday, March 08, 2024

3/28: Combatting Disinformation and Voting for Social Determinants of Health

A Virtual Event
Thursday, March 28, 2024

7:00 – 8:15 PM ET

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Join the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health at BU School of Social Work (BUSSW) and BUSSW Votes for the first conversation in the From Ballots to Better Health virtual series, Combatting Disinformation and Voting for Social Determinants of Health. In this timely discussion, Dr. Timothy Clancy, assistant research scientist at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland; and Vanessa Navarro (MSW’24), democracy fellow at the Campus Voter Project at BUSSW and Vot-ER fellow will share how social workers can leverage their understanding of systemic injustices to vote discerningly and advocate for policies that uphold social work values – especially in an age of rampant disinformation.

7:00 pm: Opening remarks and introduction by Diane Crowley, Fall River Campus Director, BU School of Social Work

7:05 pm: Vanessa Navarro (MSW’24) presents

7:25 pm: Remarks and introduction by Dr. Tami Gouveia

7:30 pm: Dr. Timothy Clancy presents

7:50 pm: Q&A with Vanessa Navarro, Dr. Timothy Clancy, Diane Crowley, and audience

8:10 pm: Closing remarks by Diane Crowley and Dr. Tami Gouveia 

Content Level: Intermediate 

Continuing Education Credit Info:
The target audience of this lecture and discussion is LICSW, LCSW, LSW, LSWA,  and other health care professionals. Combatting Disinformation and Voting for Social Determinants of Health is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level.  State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 3/28/2024 – 3/28/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 continuing education credits. 

1.25 national continuing education credits (free) are available to social workers licensed in the United States after the completion of a brief post-event quiz. The event will provide intermediate-level content and must be attended live in order to receive CE credits. If you would like to receive credits, please provide your license number during registration. The post-event quiz will be sent out at the end of the event. Applicants will need to earn a score of 70% or higher to receive the CE certificate, which will be sent via email. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe how voting is a political and social determinant of health.
  • Participants will be able to identify three things they can do to become a discerning and informed voter.
  • Participants will be able to identify the differences between misinformation and disinformation.
  • Participants will be able to identify steps they will take to engage in elections and help others to vote.

About Timothy Clancy
Timothy Clancy (he/him) is an assistant research scientist at START, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. Dr. Clancy specializes in studying “wicked mess” problems, including violence and instability, as complex systems. For over 30 years Clancy has helped stakeholders in all manner of organizations understand their wicked mess problems and work towards resolving them. This includes prior work at IBM where he was the chief methodologist of Lean, Six Sigma, and Agile supporting Fortune 50, government, and military clients to navigate their own “wicked messes” in strategy, business models, and enterprise transformation. Clancy completed his MSc in Simulation Science & Insurgency Dynamics and then a PhD in the System Dynamics of the Lifecycle of Violence and Instability of Non-State actors, both at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His current research topics include understanding violent radicalization as a system, the terror contagion hypothesis for public mass killings, and advancing methods for modeling social complexity through computer simulations integrated with AI. Clancy is the founder of Dialectic Simulations Consulting, LLC. He is also a writer and video commentator, providing systems thinking and analysis on complex current events through his blog and YouTube channel, InfoMullet. He also volunteers his time and research efforts to help a range of community-based groups, often consisting of volunteers and hobbyists, to understand and confront harassment, toxicity, and sexual assault as a system of interactions rather than isolated incidents.

About Vanessa Navarro
Vanessa Navarro (she/her) graduated with her BSW from Saint Leo University in May 2023. She is completing her MSW at BUSSW with an anticipated graduation date of August 2024. In addition to her work with The Campus Voter Project at BUSSW as a Democracy Fellow, Navarro brings a passion for civic engagement to her field placement at Vot-ER, a non-profit organization that helps integrate civic engagement into healthcare. These opportunities provide her with relevant leadership experience and exposure to policy and advocacy information regarding voting initiatives. Navarro is interested in expanding civic engagement in communities and ensuring that voting rights are protected for all citizens. Prior to pursuing her MSW degree at BUSSW, Navarro completed her associate of science (AS) degree in Counseling and Human Services at Hillsborough Community College in May 2021. While completing her AS,  she volunteered with Hillsborough County’s Head Start Program, Tampa Housing Authority, and Tampa Crossroads BeWell Center. Through these internships, she gained real-world experience and furthered her knowledge of the social work field. Navarro is a member of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society,   the National Association of Social Work (NASW), and was elected the BSW Representative for the Florida Chapter for the 2022-2023 term. 

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse in its facilities, programming, and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability (including but not limited to learning or attention, mental health, concussion, vision, mobility, hearing, physical, or other health-related issues), requiring communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason, please contact the event organizer at [email protected] to discuss your needs.

Non-Partisanship Statement
The From Ballots to Better Health virtual series is dedicated to fostering dialogue, sharing knowledge, and promoting civic engagement. We would like to remind all participants that this event is founded on principles of non-partisanship and inclusivity.

Our mission is to create a safe and respectful learning environment where individuals from various backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives can come together to discuss, learn, and engage without bias or political partisanship. We believe that by transcending political polarization, we can find common ground and advance our collective understanding and progress.

We kindly ask all speakers, participants, and affiliates to refrain from promoting, endorsing, or disparaging any political party, candidate, or partisan political agenda, and treat all participants with respect, regardless of differing opinions, and engage in constructive and courteous discourse.

By participating in this event, you agree to uphold these principles and contribute to an environment that encourages open, unbiased, and respectful exchange of ideas. 

Thank you for your commitment to maintaining the non-partisan spirit of From Ballots to Better Health. We look forward to a productive and enlightening conversation.