ONE Campaign: 1 percent: A matter of life and death

Here’s a question that 63 percent of Americans can’t answer: How much of our government spending goes toward foreign aid? The answer: less than 1 percent. According to a recent poll, Americans believe that the government spends more on defense and foreign aid than it does on Medicare and Social Security. In fact, Americans think that we spend an average of 27 percent ... Read More »

Political Social Work Training Opportunity

The University of Connecticut, School of Social Work Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work is hosting its 15th Annual Campaign School on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 in West Hartford, CT. Since 1996, the Campaign School has trained more than 400 social workers in creating effective campaign strategies and running successful political campaigns. University of Connecticut ... Read More »

News from the Hill – February 2011 – Second Edition

Federal Long-Term Care Program Slated for Changes before Implementation An important component of the federal health care reform law is a provision creating a new voluntary national insurance program for long-term services and supports, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The CLASS Act is a voluntary cash benefit program designed to assist beneficiaries with the ... Read More »

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Poverty

A factsheet from the Urban Institute provides a quick overview of recent research on poverty, including its effects on immigrants, health care, children, infants with depressed mothers, employment, assets, and neighborhoods.  To view the factsheet, go to: Read More »

NASW Supports School Mental Health Legislation

On February 17, 2011 Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and a panel of mental health advocates and experts, including LA Laker Ron Artest and champion boxer Mia St. John, will examine the Mental Health in Schools Act, a bill authored by Napolitano to allocate funding to mental health services in schools. One in five children and adolescents currently suffer from emotional ... Read More »

ACA and Women

A new online resource is available outlining the benefits of the health care law for women. You can read more about Women and the Affordable Care Act at Read More »

News from the Hill – February 2011 – First Edition

House Preps Big Cuts in Domestic Spending House Republicans are preparing legislation funding the government for the remainder of the current fiscal year and finishing up appropriations legislation deferred late last year when Democrats lost control of the House. The “continuing resolution” or CR is necessary to fund the government for the last seven months of the current fiscal year, ... Read More »

Community Letter – PEPFAR MSM Guidance

NASW, alongside over 140 organizations, networks and civil society organizations from 50 countries, signed a letter to the United States Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OCAG), to release the PEPFAR Field Guidance on Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).  OGAC is responsible for implementing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (or PEPFAR).   The letter, addressed to ... Read More »

Congressional Briefing: Implications of Health Care Reform on the Social Work Profession, Feb 16, 2011

Update 2/18/2011 – Click here to view remarks from this Congressional Briefing. NASW is pleased to announce that Congressman Edolphus Towns, sponsor of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act, and a professional social worker, is holding a congressional briefing entitled, “Implications of Health Care Reform on the Social Work Profession” on February 16, ... Read More »

Join NASW, Half in Ten and Sens. Sherrod Brown and Al Franken for a Webinar on Antipoverty Advocacy in the 112th Congress

WEBINAR February 2, 2011 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST Click here to register The 112th Congress presents a challenging political landscape for advocates concerned about reducing poverty. With deficit reduction dominating the conversation, several proposals have already been set forth to slash critical services helping those struggling the most in this recession. While these developments pose new challenges, advocates can ... Read More »