Dr. Aurora P. Jackson , a professor of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, was named to the Academic Advisory Board of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, it was announced this week.
Jackson joins a group of board members who will assist in the transformaton of the Arizona safety net, advising the agency in an effort to overhaul the system of benefits, good and services that serves nearly two million people in the state.
Jackson's research examines the interrelationships among work, welfare, maternal psychological well-being, parenting in the home environment and child outcomes in families headed by low-income, single-parent mothers with young children. Her research on current and former welfare recipients has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Center on Minority Health Disparities and a visiting scholarship at the Russell Sage Foundation.
“We are honored and excited to have such a distinguished group of academicians lend their energies to this important work,” said Director Clarence H. Carter in a statement announcing the board. “In assembling the Board, we strove for disciplinary diversity. We have experts in supply chain management, social work, economics, public policy, human resource management and sociology. It is our intention to transform this industry and for that we need many different perspectives.”
The transformation will be a new model for social services both in Arizona and nationwide. The new model shifts away from the administration of single purpose programs and instead moves toward an integrated system focused on intentionally moving individuals through and out of the safety net system. Director Carter’s ultimate goal is to enable as many Arizonans as possible to live a life free of public dependence.
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