Dr. Irán Barrera, associate professor in the Department of Social Work Education, has been selected to participate in one of 15 three-person national research teams, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, to promote a culture of health nationwide. Barrera’s team, which also includes Sabrina Kelley of Fresno Housing Authority and Dr. Yumiko Aratani of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and National Center for Children in Poverty in New York City, will work to identify health risks that stem from living in communities with high rates of poverty, crime, low graduation rates and linguistic isolation. The researchers will also investigate the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in children living in public housing communities. Barrera serves as the director of Consejo, an on-campus project dedicated to providing graduate social work students the opportunity to work with Latino/a children and provide them with cultural and linguistic prevention, intervention and treatment opportunities. See full story.