Fall 2021 CSU Distance MSW grads present capstone research projects

Graduates of Colorado State University’s Distance Master of Social Work program receive first-hand knowledge of how social work research informs professional practice, even during a global pandemic. Students conduct projects in collaboration with a field agency or community organization, or complete projects in alignment with a specific School of Social Work faculty researcher.

“Our distance MSW student capstone projects culminated with recommendations for research and practice innovations that move the needle on issues such as food insecurity at CSU, maternal health disparities for women of color, and underserved health care needs among LGBTQIA+ populations,” said MSW Program Director Amy Martonis. “I am proud of our students’ work and how they demonstrate the change-making link between research and practice and use their skillsets to advance social justice.”

Fall 2021 Distance Master of Social Work graduate projects

Women’s Perception of Prenatal Care at A Mothers Choice Midwifery: A Program Evaluation

Student researchers: Adrienne Birt, Annie Leak, Deja Howard and Shawna Maher

The Relationships Between Health Literacy, Accessto Health Care, and Geographic Location Among Adults in the Hispanic and Latino/a Population: Evidence from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Student researchers: Devynn Nutt, Lauren Raver, Janelle Conroy and Sara Buchholz

SNAP4Rams: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Students at Colorado State University

Student researcher: Shayna Lentz

Evaluating the Association Between Gender Identity and Health Care Access and Utilization Among the U.S. Adult Population

Student researchers: Allie Buel, Alyse Cahill, Allie Miller and Brittany Priecko

Bullying Victimization, E-Cigarette Use, and Suicidal Behaviors Among High School Students: Analysis of the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Student researchers: Rose Marie Contreras, Jess Ervin, and Kim Regan

About the School of Social Work

Since the first baccalaureate social work major was first offered in 1968, Colorado State University’s School of Social Work has made a continuous effort to develop and maintain a program that is responsive to the standards of the social work profession, to the needs of human services agencies and clients in the state, and to the land-grant mission and goals of CSU. Our mission is to provide exemplary education, applied research, and transformative outreach to advance social, environmental, and economic justice; promote equity and equality; alleviate oppression; and enhance human health and well-being across local and global community systems.

The School of Social Work is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.