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NASW Pleased Obama Pledges to Focus on Social Justice, Economic Equity in Final State of the Union Address

President Obama made his final State of the Union Address  on January 12. Given the historic nature of his presidency, this was a much anticipated speech. For many, the end of the presidency of America’s first black president is met with both a sense of reflection about the last  seven years and anticipation about his priorities for the remaining 12 ... Read More »

NASW California Chapter Statement on San Bernardino Shootings

The National Association of Social Workers expresses sorrow and concern regarding the horrific mass shooting in California at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those who lost their lives and the injured and their families,  friends and colleagues.  We also express our concern and care to the greater San Bernardino and southern California ... Read More »

World AIDS Day 2015 –The Time to Act Is Now

On December 1st, we recognize World AIDS Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the  United States, only 87 percent  are aware of their health status.  The impact of lack of awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS remains a critical concern to social workers and allied ... Read More »

National Association of Social Workers Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

BACKGROUND: The Syrian migrant crisis was triggered by the ongoing civil war in Syria against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Since the war began in March 2011 more than nine  million Syrians  have fled their homes. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than three million Syrians have fled to neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and ... Read More »

NASW Honors Veterans Day with Resources to Help Social Workers Serve Service Members, Veterans and their Families

The National Association of Social Workers recognizes Veterans Day. We congratulate the brave men and women in our armed services and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 social workers. In fact, the VA is the largest employer of social workers with a master’s degree. Social workers provide support to the military, veterans and their families, ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Resources for Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers strongly supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has brought affordable health care to millions more Americans. Open enrollment has begun and will end on Jan. 31, 2016. The Health Insurance Marketplace is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Registration can be done online, by phone, or from trained navigators in ... Read More »

In aftermath of South Carolina incident, schools should consider hiring social workers, not police

A video of School Resource Officer (SRO) in South Carolina flipping, tossing and manhandling a 16-year-old female high school student has gone viral, again raising concern and questions about the presence of police  in schools, the criminalization of certain behavior by juveniles, and racial disparities in cases of excessive use of force by law enforcement. While the Spring Valley High ... Read More »

Sen. Barbara Mikulski wishes NASW a Happy 60th Birthday!

National Association of Social Workers member Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)  today met with NASW officials to discuss various issues, including mental health, poverty, and health care, and congratulate the association on its 60th Anniversary. “The fact that it’s 60 years is pretty incredible — I really wish you happy anniversary,” Mikulski told NASW President Darrell Wheeler, PhD, ACSW, MPH; CEO ... Read More »