Author Archives: advocacy

News from the Hill – July 2011

Exercise Your Ethical Responsibilities as a Social Worker: Advocate! The recent anniversary of our country’s independence reminds us that as Americans we have certain duties that we owe to our country.  Most particularly, citizens have a responsibility to be involved in the political process through voting and can participate in various other forms of activism, such as campaigning, contacting Members ... Read More »

News from the Hill – June 2011

Congressional Social Work Caucus Gains Members and Holds New Briefings The Congressional Social Work Caucus (CSWC) continues to grow with 35 members, including all of the Social Worker Members as well as two Republicans, Rep. Platts (PA) and Rep. Issa (CA). Members of the caucus will represent the social work profession and the needs of social work clients through regular ... Read More »

DREAM Act Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first ever Senate hearing on the DREAM Act. Dick Durbin, the United States Senator for Illinois and Assistant Majority leader announced, he will chair the first ever hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. The hearing will take place on Tuesday June 28, at 10:00 am Eastern ... Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2011

June 15, 2011, is the 6th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – an international effort in support of the United Nation’s International Plan of Action on Ageing acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.  The Administration on Aging (AoA) is honored to once again publicly observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ... Read More »

Understanding Research on Children’s Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will sponsor a video cast panel presentation on May 3, 2011 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST featuring leading NIMH children’s mental health researchers explaining current work in their field. The discussion will cover the state of science in children’s mental health including normal brain development, anxiety and bipolar disorders, and ADHD. Interested ... Read More »

Congress Approves its 6th CR

Yesterday, the Senate passed its 6th short term continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government running through April 8. The Senate action follows Tuesday’s passage of the bill by the House, and came one day before the current CR is set to expire. The CR would cut federal spending by roughly $6 billion from the current level.  While the new ... Read More »

New Social Work Caucus on Capitol Hill

For Immediate Release                                                                                Contact:  Gail Woods Waller March 15, 2011                                                                         or 202.336.8236   New Social Work Caucus Tackles Social Safety Net Issues in Congress Social Work Bills in the House and Senate are Reintroduced on World Social Work Day WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10), with the support of other professional Social Workers in Congress and national ... 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 »

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 »