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Terry Mizrahi is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally in the fields of community organizing, interdisciplinary collaboration in health care, coalition building, and patients’ rights. Mizrahi’s collaborative efforts have been recognized both here and in Israel, where she has worked with community organizers, physicians, and patients.
Mizrahi has served as a coordinator for Hunter College’s Hunter-Israel Research and Training Collaboration since 2008, which partners with Haifa University, Ben Gurion University, Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Israel’s leading center for applied research on social policy. She has directed the Education Center for Community Organizing since 1982. ECCO is a resource for networking and information-sharing in the New York area and has hosted numerous conferences and projects on social change.
Terry Mizrahi is currently a professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.
She has been on the Hunter faculty since 1980. For her health policy course Mizrahi developed a framework for examining the ideologies of the U.S. health care system and a patients’ rights model for understanding rights, responsibilities, and resources. She conducts collaborative, trans-national interdisciplinary research with Yossi Korazim in Israel, and conducts a study on the role of gender and organizing in that country.
Mizrahi was a founding board member of the Child Welfare Organizing Project, on which she continues to serve.
She was president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) from 2001-2003 and is a founder of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration's journal of Community Practice. She also served as co-editor of the 2008 edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work.
Terry Mizrahi received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1983. She earned her MSSW from Columbia University in 1966 and her BA from New York University in 1963.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2012: Delivered two invited keynote addresses at The College of Management and Hebrew University in Israel
2011: City University of New York’s Diversity Award
2010: Margo Schutz Gordon Invited Special Lecturer, Kansas City School of Social Welfare
2008: Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence in Applied Scholarship
2007: New York State Social Work Educator of the Year; and
Roosevelt House Policy Scholar
2006: Fulbright Fellowship to Hebrew University, Israel
2004: Career Achievement Award from the Association for community Organization and Social Administration
2000: Distinguished Service Award from the NASW-New York Chapter
1994: first social worker to receive the Department of Health and Human Services’ Primary Care Policy Fellowship
Mizrahi, T. (2012). How I became a community organizer as a casework social work student. In Social Work Matters: the Power of Linking Policy and Practice, Elizabeth Hoffler and Elizabeth Clark, (Eds.) Washington, DC:NASW Press.
Mizrahi, T. & Lombe, M. (2006). Perspectives from women organizers. Journal of Community Practice, 14(3), 93-118.
Mizrahi, T. & Rosenthal, B. (1999). Complexities of coalition building: Leaders’ successes, strategies, struggles, and solutions. Social Work, 46(1), 63-78.
Mizrahi, T. (1992). Toward a national health care system: Progress and problems. Health and Social Work, 17(3), 167-171.
Mizrahi, T. (1985). Getting rid of patients: Contradictions in the socialization of internists to the doctor-patient relationship. Sociology of Health and Illness, 7(2), 214-235.