Meeting with a Congressional Social Work Advocate

Betsy Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Executive Director

Yesterday I had the nice opportunity to meet informally with Congressman Ed Towns (D-NY) and three of his staff members. Congressman Towns is the lead sponsor of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. He is also a staunch advocate for our profession, as he began his career as a social worker. I was joined by fellow social workers Jeane Anastas, the Chair of the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research and  Freddie Avant, President of the Baccalaureate Program Directors of Schools of Social Work. The first thing Rep. Towns said was that he felt social workers were more needed now than ever.  We couldn’t agree more. That led us to further discussion of why our Social Work Reinvestment bill (H. R. 795/ S. 686) is so essential to ensuring a sufficient workforce to care for the ever increasing need for our services. It is wonderful having a social worker in Congress who understands and fully supports our profession.

Find out more about the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative including the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act! Take action today by contacting your Representative and Senators in support of the legislation!

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