Display in Cushwa Hall focuses on social welfare programs

socia_welfare“Welfare: A response to need,” a series of posters, photos and other items that track the history of social welfare from the 1600s to today, is on display in the basement level of Cushwa Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The display shows how social welfare programs over history have developed according to the changing needs and attitude shifts of society. Topics covered include mutual aid, the New Deal, Social Security, unemployment compensation, the food stamp program, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

The project is a collaboration between YSU’s Melnick Medical Museum, led by curator Cassie Nespor, and the Social Work Department, led by Associate Professor and Chair Dennis Morawski.

Dana Winkler of Poland, a student in the Master of Social Work program, helped create content for the display. Renee Cannon, layout design artist, and Angela Ireland, coordinator of Advertising and Publications, then helped create the graphic components. Other local partners were the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and the Steel Museum.

“We are all very pleased with how it turned out,” Nespor said. “I would love to do more projects like this with other faculty.”

Winkler is currently planning her second social work internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the geropsych unit. She aspires for a professional career in psychiatric or medical social work.