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Featured Collaborations

Social Work Intern Instructor for Child Welfare Field Placement Lab

Hennepin County Human Services Department and the University's Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) have established a collaboration to implement a "learning lab" field education model for Child Welfare Training Scholars. This is a particularly critical partnership as child welfare reform continues within Hennepin County and across the State of Minnesota. Scholars complete a 600 hour field placement in Hennepin County with social workers and supervisors across a variety of units. Their educational experience takes place under the supervision of Melissa Mendez, the onsite University of Minnesota field instructor, and her supervisor Liz Snyder, CASCW's Director of Professional Education. Students receive additional field instruction and 1:1 supervision in this model, enhancing the child welfare experience. This collaboration was established in HSPHD in 2011 and has continued to flourish with the commitment and collaboration between HSPHD's Janine Moore and Traci LaLiberte at CASCW. This partnership is expected to continue and is currently funded through the summer of 2017.

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GRA Elections Division – Graduate Research Assistant

The Hennepin County Elections Division hired a Graduate Research Assistant to collect and analyze information and data to be used by County staff in determining strategies to increase voter registration. Claire Psarouthakis, a first year MPP student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will be working with Ginny Gelms in the Elections Division over the fall and spring semesters to complete a project outlining recommendations to increase voter registration in Hennepin County.

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Transitway Impacts Research Program

The Transitway Impacts Research Program (TIRP) was launched in 2006 by the Hennepin–University Partnership. The program is designed to provide an objective analysis of data, public perceptions, and complex impacts resulting from investments in light-rail transit (LRT), commuter rail, and bus rapid transit (BRT). The research is unique in its breadth, scope, and ability to provide real-time analysis of the changes experienced when a region introduces high-quality transit service.

The research program has the following priorities:
• Economic and business impacts
• Housing market impacts
• Land-use impacts
• Land value impacts
• Neighborhood and social issues
• Traffic and parking impacts
• Environment and health issues

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