Yoosun Park wins 2023 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize

Our own Yoosun Park, and co-author Michael Reisch, were just awarded the 2023 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for their article “To ‘Elevate, Humanize, Christianize, Americanize’: Social Work, White Supremacy, and the Americanization Movement, 1880–1930,” which appears in the December 2022 issue of Social Service Review. The Breul Prize is awarded annually for the article judged by the editor, with input from the editorial board, to be the best published in SSR in the preceding year.

Her most recent work with BEH was leading a historical analysis of disparities in spatial access to social service agencies across the U.S. from 1990 to 2014 (available here). The work showed that a spatial mismatch emerged between the availability of social services and the expected need for social services as the population characteristics of neighborhoods changed. High poverty tracts that experienced further economic decline from 1990 to 2010, began the period with the lowest access to services and experienced the smallest increases in access to services. Access was highest and grew the fastest in high poverty tracts that experienced the largest increases in median household income. We theorize that agglomeration benefits and the marketization of welfare may explain the emergence of this spatial mismatch.  

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