Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education

Juanita C. Evans Fellowship Program

Juanita C. Evans Fellowship is part of a Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) funded Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education (LPHSWE) Program. The University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work is only one of three Schools of Social Work across the country to receive HRSA funding to develop future leaders in public health social work. This fellowship opportunity, including a $10,000 stipend per student was offered to all of our eligible second year and Advanced Standing MSW/MPH joint degree students during 2014-2018 academic years.

Fellowship Resources

2017-18 Contact Lists

2017-18 Supervisors & Field Placements

Bulletin Board-Join the Evans Fellowship Facebook page

Career Portfolio

Fellowship Capstone, Seminar Series & Responsibilities 

MPH/MSW Course Requirements & Competencies

Requirements for BCHS Essay/ Thesis, Capstone, & Practicum

Other links

Leadership Seminar Assignments

Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education Summit

Lectures, Presentations, & Workshops

Media Resources

Harvard University Bias Test

School of Social Work Field Office

Evans Fellowship Field Mileage Form

Webinars for MSW/MPH Students

Vankirk Career Center

New Clubs Founded by Evans Fellows

Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals is an international non-profit that raises money to provide meals to children in places of education in some of the poorest counties in the world. Mary's Meals is currently serving over a million meals daily in 15 countries on 5 continents. This organization offers a simple and effective way to address world hunger while promoting education. The membership believes:

  • access to sufficient quality food is a human right
  •  the end of world hunger can be achieved in our lifetime
  •  Mary's Meals is a simple solution that addresses an issue plaguing vast parts of our world 
  •  through our actions within our local chapter, we can make a difference, educate others on this simple solution, and be a part of that solution which will end world hunger.

As a Mary's Meals Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh, under our faculty advisor, Dr. Daniel Rosen, our objectives are: education, advocacy, and fundraising. Our goal is to open our own kitchens in schools to serve students.  

For more information or to get involved, please contact us at pittmarysmeals@gmail.com.

Students United for Policy Change (SUPC)

SUPC was founded in 2017 by a group of students who were interested in furthering policy discussions and education, as well as how policy affects local, state, and national communities.

Members of SUPC:

  • educate students on policy issues that impact communities at all levels
  • engage with communities concerning voter education, candidates' positions, and policies
  • publicize upcoming elections and ballots
  • offer resources for contacting representatives regarding issues and policies
  • encourage bipartisan, policy discussions and debates
  • promote interdisciplinary teamwork among various schools within the University of Pittsburgh and with other university students

** SUPC is a registered student club under the faculty advisement of Professor Tracy Soska, School of Social Work.


Who is Juanita C. Evans?

Juanita C. Evans (1929-2000), M.S.W., L.C.S.W. was a pioneer advocate in the field of public health social work.  After completing her social work education at Howard University and St. Louis University, Evans was one of the first social workers to emphasize the important relationship between social work and public health.  She dedicated her life to advocating for vulnerable populations experiencing adversity.  Her passion for Maternal and Child Health led her to the position of Chief Social Work Officer of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) within the Department of Health and Human Services from 1980-2000. 

Evans’ other leadership roles included Chief of the Office of Adolescent Health. During her time as Chief of the Office of Adolescent Health, she created the Partners in Program Planning for Adolescent Health, which promoted adolescent health at the national level.  Additionally, Evans was a member of the planning committee for various conferences including “Implementing a Forward Plan: A Public Health Social Work Challenge" and “Family Violence: Public Health Social Work's Role in Prevention.”  Finally, she was instrumental in developing the social work section in the American Public Health Association.

Evans is acknowledged for her innovative contributions to numerous publications, including the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ 1989 Social Work Competencies, the MCHB’s “Investing in Clinical Preventative Health Services for Adolescents, and the American Psychological Association’s “Developing Adolescents: A Reference for Professionals.”

Evans was committed to furthering the field of public health social work through promoting education in public health social work.  She is credited for the development of the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland Medical School and for providing trainings through grant initiations for students of joint social work and public health graduate programs, including here at the University of Pittsburgh.

Juanita C. Evans’ admirable commitment to leadership and advocacy in the fields of Maternal and Child Health and Adolescent Health continues to inspire public health social workers today.


This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) .This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government