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Book Roundup: Works Include Financial Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors and Children’s Book on Bullying

Judy L. Postmus, PhD, ACSW, dean, University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW). “Building Financial Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Violence: A Path to Hope and Freedom (Violence Against Women and Children).” (Rutgers University Press, 2023)

Each year, millions of women throughout the world experience violence and abuse at the hands of their intimate partner. Abusers coercively control them by using a variety of tactics ranging from physical or sexual violence to emotional or psychological abuse. An additional tactic often used includes financial abuse in which the abuser controls the money in the family, exploits the victim’s financial standing, and interrupts her efforts to be self-sufficient. The impact of financial abuse can leave women financially trapped in the relationship with limited financial management skills, knowledge, or self-confidence. Indeed, survivors often mention financial barriers as a top reason for keeping them trapped by the abuser in the relationship. Little of the research on domestic violence has sought to fully understand the impact of financial abuse or determine which intervention strategies are most effective for the financial empowerment of survivors. “Building Financial Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Violence” aims to address this critical knowledge gap by providing those who work with survivors of domestic violence with practical knowledge on how to empower the financial well-being and stability of survivors. Specifically, every practitioner, human service provider, criminal justice practitioner, financial manager, and corporate supervisor should be screening the women they encounter for economic abuse, and when such abuse is found, they should work with the women toward developing financial safety plans and refer survivors to financial empowerment programs to assist survivors to become free from abuse.

Deborah M. Shlian, MD, MBA, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) alumna, “Lessons Learned: Stories From Women Leaders in STEM” (American Association for Physician Leadership, 2023).

Women in the United States have made great strides in terms of education. However, the story is different when it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). While women make up nearly half of the workforce, women hold only 29 percent of positions in STEM fields, with the majority in the biological and life sciences. “Lessons Learned: Stories From Women Leaders in STEM” addresses the lack of women in STEM careers through the first-person accounts of notable women who have excelled in STEM-related leadership roles. The hope is that young readers will find these stories inspiring and consider a STEM career.

These first-person accounts include two professors and one student from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB):

  • Claire M. Fraser, PhD, Dean E. Albert Reese Endowed Professor, Department of Medicine, UMSOM, and longtime director of the Institute for Genome Sciences, from which she recently stepped down.
  • Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and affiliate member, Institute for Genome Sciences, UMSOM, who was recently named chief of the newly established Neurotology Branch in the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health. Hertzano was UMB’s 2021 Researcher of the Year.
  • Aishwarya Iyer, MD/PhD Student, Medical Scientist Training Program, UMSOM, who is on track to earn her PhD in biochemistry in 2024 and her medical degree in 2026. Iyer, who previously served as the University Student Government Association president, was UMB’s 2022 Student of the Year.

Charlotte Nwogwugwu, DrPH, MPH, MSN, HIV PCP, CPH-BC, assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). “A Hero and a Friend: A Fight Against Bullying.” (Independently published, 2022)

Chinonye and Aarya are a Nigerian and Sudanese pair of friends who attend the same school and are bonded by similar interests and their shared experience of being children of foreign-born parents. This volume follows the girls through a day at school where they stand up to a bully and show up for their friends as heroes but, most importantly, as friends.

Leigh Goodmark, JD, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. “Imperfect Victims: Criminalized Survivors and the Promise of Abolition Feminism” (University of California Press, 2023)

Since the 1970s, anti-violence advocates have worked to make the legal system more responsive to gender-based violence. But greater state intervention in cases of intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, and trafficking has led to the arrest, prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of victims, particularly women of color and trans and gender-nonconforming people. “Imperfect Victims” argues that only dismantling the system will bring that punishment to an end. Amplifying the voices of survivors, including her own clients, Goodmark deftly guides readers on a step-by-step journey through the criminalization of survival. Abolition feminism reveals the possibility of a just world beyond the carceral state, which is fundamentally unable to respond to, let alone remedy, harm. As “Imperfect Victims” shows, abolition feminism is the only politics and practice that can undo the indescribable damage inflicted on survivors by the very system purporting to protect them.

Alexis Salerno, MD, assistant professor, Daniel J. Haase, MD, associate professor, and Sarah Murthi, MD, professor, UMSOM. “Atlas of Critical Care Echocariography,” editors. (Springer, 2021)

This atlas covers the basics of ultrasound physics, provides the necessary background to successfully perform transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) procedures, and provides tips and tricks that will prove invaluable in the critical care environment. It also features an abundance of high-quality photographs, illustrations, and videos as well as numerous case studies to test the reader’s ability to apply knowledge to real-life clinical situations.

Radi Masri, DDS, MS, PhD, professor and division chief, Prosthodontics, and Carl Driscoll, DMD, clinical professor, editors; Chris Choi, DMD, MS, clinical assistant professor, and Gary D. Hack, DDS, clinical associate professor, co-authors, University of Maryland School of Dentistry. “Clinical Applications of Digital Dental Technology.”(John Wiley & Sons, 2022)

“Clinical Applications of Digital Dental Technology” is a comprehensive overview of digital dentistry describing available technologies and when/how to use digital dentistry in practice. It provides practical references to a wide range of potential uses for digital technology in dental practice, discussing a wide range of digital technologies including their indications, contraindications, advantages, disadvantages, limitations, and applications. Overall, the book emphasizes how to use digital dentistry in daily practice across all specialties. “Clinical Applications of Digital Dental Technology” discusses digital imaging, digital impressions, digital prosthodontics, digital implant planning and placement, and digital applications in endodontics, orthodontics, and oral surgery. Each chapter is written by experts in each topic and covers applications for prosthodontics, implant dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, and other specialty areas.

Lori A. Edwards, DrPH, BSN, RN, CNS-PCH, BC, associate dean, Master of Science in Nursing Program, UMSON. “Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice,” 3rd Edition. (American Nurses Association, 2022)

“Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice,” 3rd Edition, is an essential document for every public health nurse practicing in the United States. The scope of practice statement answers the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions of public health nursing. The standards provide authoritative statements of the actions and behaviors that all registered public health nurses are expected to competently perform, regardless of role, population, specialty, and setting. The product of extensive thought work by many registered nurses, this new edition provides 18 national standards of practice and professional performance. Each standard is accompanied by detailed competencies for the three practice levels. This premier professional resource informs and guides public health nurses in their vital work providing safe, quality, and competent care. It is a must-have for every registered public health nurse.

Howard A. Palley, PhD, professor emeritus, UMSSW. “The Public/Private Sector Mix in Healthcare Delivery,” editor. (Oxford University Press, 2022)

This volume examines the public/private sector mix in a variety of national health care systems and their interface with the goals of health equity and quality of health care. By examining the mix of public and private sector funding of health care services as well as the mix of public and private sector delivery of health care services in various national contexts, authors address the question of how various national systems are affected with respect to their ability, or the lack thereof, to achieve goals of health equity and quality of health care in an efficient manner. The significance of this collection of national studies involving the public/private sector mix is that it provides insights into the factors that enhance the public/private sector mix in fulfilling the goals of health equity and the quality of health care services as well as an understanding of the circumstances in which elements of the public/private sector mix may be harmful for the achievement of such goals.

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