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NASW Sets Social Justice Priorities for Coming Year

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has set five social justice priorities to address over the next year — voting rights, criminal justice reforms, juvenile justice, immigration reform and economic justice and equity. Within this set of social justice priorities are four sub-priorities – health and behavioral health equity, racial and population-based discrimination, matters involving courts such as U.S. ... Read More »

#SWRocktheVote — How NASW Michigan is registering voters

By Allan Wachendorfer The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Michigan Chapter started a voter registration drive this fall and issued free voter registration packets to social workers and students who requested them. Each packet contained information on doing a drive; 25, 50, or 100 blank forms, pre-paid envelopes to send the filled forms to county clerks; and a questionnaire ... Read More »

Join #SWRocktheVote Campaign!

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud to join Social Work Helper Magazine and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and Council on Social Work Education in a voter registration campaign from Rock the Vote . Social workers have long played a key role in ensuring all Americans have the right to vote.  Social ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief Offers Overview of Nation’s Opioid, Heroin Addiction Crisis

The United States is gripped by an opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The social work profession will play a valuable and key role in our nation’s efforts to address this issue. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug Policy, offers social workers and other mental health and substance use disorder ... Read More »

NASW Maine official urges residents challenge threats, racially charged statements from Gov. LePage

As the executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), I feel obliged to speak out against social injustice and blatant racial stereotyping whenever or wherever it occurs. NASW is the largest social worker professional organization in the nation with 130,000 members and nearly 1,000 members in the state of Maine. Since its inception, ... Read More »

NASW Wisconsin Chapter Statement on Milwaukee Unrest, Police Shooting of Sylville Smith

The National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter is saddened by the violence, disorder and destruction that took place in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee. Sherman Park has always been a neighborhood where residents of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds worked together for the overall benefit of the community. We grieve over the loss of the life of ... Read More »

Arizona CHIP

Last week, enrollment for Arizona’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) opened after being frozen for years.  Now every state has a CHIP plan to cover low-income children and provide them with access to health services: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-07-25.html  In 2009, Arizona halted enrollment for CHIP, known as KidsCare, to save money at the state level. Health care advocates, community organizations and provider ... Read More »

In aftermath of shootings, NASW Louisiana Chapter statement calls on social workers to help bridge divisions in our society

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Louisiana Chapter of NASW (NASW-LA) offers its deepest condolences to families in our community who have lost loved ones. This time, we extend our sincere sympathy to the families of law enforcement officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald who were killed by the senseless ambush of law enforcement ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Baton Rouge Police Shootings

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers its condolences to the family and colleagues of three slain Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and urges legislators, the police and the public peacefully come together to address gun violence, enact sensible gun laws, and help police improve relations with the communities they serve. Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Montrell ... Read More »