News Release| University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Partnership; Cal State L.A.


Nov. 22 lecture discusses
hospital approach to child abuse cases


Funding supports UCEDD partnership with Cal State L.A.


Los Angeles, CA –  “Calls to the Child Abuse Hotline [in Los Angeles County] jumped from 39,611 in the first half of last year to 43,693 in the same period this year,” cites a recent L.A. Daily News article. 

To address the needs of the growing population of “abused” children, Cal State L.A. (CSULA)—in collaboration with the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)—will present a dialog on “Hospital Teams that Work with Child Abuse and Neglect” with faculty and students in CSULA’s Social Work 456 class Monday, Nov. 22.

Dr. Karen Imagawa, director of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles CARES Team, will begin speaking at 9:50 a.m., in Salazar Hall 137, on her experience leading a multidisciplinary hospital team, with a focus on child abuse and neglect. In this context, Imagawa and her team evaluate many children with disabilities, and she will also address the needs of this population.

Immediately following Imagawa’s lecture, Alex French, MSW, will discuss her experience as a social worker on a hospital multidisciplinary team. She will focus on team dynamics, especially when the team is dealing with a child abuse or neglect case.

The UCEDD at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles received a three-year, $675,000 grant last fall from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to fund this UCEDD/Minority Institution of Higher Education Partnership with CSULA.

Working specifically with CSULA’s College of Health and Human Services, Charter College of Education and Minority Opportunities in Research Programs, the UCEDD provides CSULA students with interdisciplinary training and practical experience with individuals who have a wide range of disabilities, exposure to career opportunities in the disability field, and leadership training.

Looking ahead, the UCEDD-CSULA partnership—in collaboration with the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A.—will present a colloquium, entitled “Cultural Sensitivity in Identifying Developmental Disabilities Among Children Raised by Grandparents,” Thursday, March 3, 2011.

UCEDD is a nationally-recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individuals with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental and/or special healthcare needs and their families.

The Nov. 22 lecture is free to the public and co-sponsored by CSULA’s College of Health and Human Services and Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute. To RSVP or for more details, call Professor Colleen Friend, director of CSULA’s Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute, at (323) 343-4696.  



WHAT:  Cal State L.A. and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to present a dialog, entitled “Hospital Teams that Work with Child Abuse and Neglect.“

WHEN:  Monday, Nov. 22, at 9:50-10:50 a.m.

 WHERE:  Salazar Hall 137, on the Cal State L.A. campus.  Public permit dispenser parking available at the upper level of Parking Structure C. For campus map or directions:

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