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The Case of the South Park Bridge: Infrastructure Concerns and Community Resilience in Seattle

On a Tuesday evening in April 2010, South Park residents and local business owners gathered at the local Machinists Union Hall to hear King County representatives make a surprising and disheartening announcement: the South Park Bridge would close. The bridge was the main link between the largely low-income and industrial neighborhood of South Park and downtown Seattle, and supported traffic flow onto the main retail corridor in South Park. This traffic provided much of the customer base on which the small businesses depended almost entirely.

United or Divided States? U.S.-Mexico Border Simulation

This two-day simulation focuses on the negotiation of controversial and complex issues related to the 2,000-mile border that separates and joins the United States and Mexico as neighbors.

Advocating for Immigrant Integration: OneAmerica's Washington New Americans Initiative

Over the past decade, immigrant rights organizations in several states seized the opportunity to shift their advocacy efforts from a narrow focus on reform of the nation’s immigration laws to a broader platform of improved immigrant integration into American society. This meant an expansion of policy focus into all aspects of immigrant life, including education, health care, and employment opportunities. To accomplish this, immigrant rights organizations had to devise new strategies to advocate for change at the level of state government.

Innovating in the Public Health Sector: Republica

Dr. Albert Viau has developed a national physician’s assistant program to help solve the problem of rural health service delivery in Republica, a mountainous Central American country. This program would provide high level preventative and primary care in the rural and underserved areas of the country. His proposed solution faces major opposition from his medical colleagues and the health establishment. Dr. Viau knew the proven policy would help alleviate the problem, but he could not find any support. He ran for Dean of the Medical School to begin the reform and did not succeed.

Wolf Politics

Through this simulation students will experience the policymaking and implementation process firsthand. “Wolf Politics” is intended for use in a public policy- or environmental policy-oriented course. This experience will reinforce the concepts students have learned in their courses, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge to a real policy issue. The process of preparing testimony for a U.S. Senate subcommittee also gives students a glimpse of how a Senate hearing may operate.

Case Study: Casa Latina

This A and B case sequence traces the development of a nonprofit organization aimed at serving recent Hispanic immigrants in gaining access to day labor and staying out of immigration trouble. Resented in the neighborhood where their job seeking informally took root, the case sequence describes how the Executive Director and key board members worked through internal and external barriers in order to reduce the opposition and establish a presence in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Seattle.

Death, Dying and Bereavement in Social Work Practice: Decision Cases for Advanced Practice

The decision cases in this collection differ from the cases commonly used in social work education. Whatever their experience with the case method of teaching or with end-of-life care, most instructors will benefit from the extensive teaching notes written for each of the cases. These notes are available at the Columbia University Press website but accessible to instructors only. The teaching notes have two basic purposes: to help instructors select particular cases and to help instructors prepare to lead case discussions.

The Campaign for Fluoridation in Skagit County

The Campaign for Fluoridation in Skagit County explores how key issues of science and public policy are addressed within the intense environment of a ballot initiative. Based upon a contentious water fluoridation battle that took place in Washington State, the case helps the student examine the ways in which complex information and ideas can shape a public debate, and the strategies proponents may utilize to overcome public mistrust.

Keeping Industrial Polluters Out of Austin's Latino and African Communities: From Dumping Ground to Fertile Fields for Community Action

People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) activates the power of the Latino and African American communities of Austin, Texas, to both protect the earth and safeguard community health.

Organizing Communities to Protect West Virginia's Natural Environment: A Different Power Source

OVEC is a relatively small group that effectively takes on the most powerful industrial interests in West Virginia. Since 1987 Janet Fout, Dianne Bady, and their co-founder, the late Laura Forman, have organized Appalachian communities to protect their air, water and mountains from being destroyed for oil, timber, coal and other profitable enterprises. With research-grounded strategies, and bolstered by spirituality and heartfelt conviction, Bady, Fout and their colleagues pursue the following approaches: