Gassman-Pines Distinguished Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sanford faculty member Anna Gassman-Pines recently delivered the keynote address at the Roberta Gassman Distinguished Lecture, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. It was a family-focused event, as the lecture was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roberta Gassman (a renowned social work researcher, and Gassman-Pines' mother) earning her Master of Science in Social Work degree from UW-Madison, and she was also recognized for her years of public service at the event.
Continuing with the theme of social programs, Gassman-Pines presented her ongoing research on the impact of new policies established during the pandemic to aid low-wage workers and families. Her research revealed that the policies helped reduce material hardship and mental health problems, but they were unevenly accessible, with racial disparities in distribution of assistance. Dr. Gassman-Pines also stressed the need for permanent policies to promote family well-being, which would require more political will.