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Author Archives: communications

Take Action on Elder Abuse: Comment on National Priorities & Raise Awareness

Join NASW in commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), an observance of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, this month. Visit the WEAAD resource library for information and ideas about how to plan a program in your community. Schedule a viewing of a WEAAD program addressing governmental and United Nations perspectives on elder abuse on Friday, ... Read More »

Strengthening the Social Service Workforce: The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Celebrates its Launch

NASW is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. “The social service workforce is a critical workforce for creating protective environments for healthy development and well-being and tackling poverty, promoting social justice, ensuring protection from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and providing needed services to care for and support those who need it most,”  commented Ummuro ... Read More »

NASW CEO Angelo McClain attends June 3 White House Conference on Mental Health

The White House Conference on Mental Health brings together people from across the country, including mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, members of Congress, representatives from local governments and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems, to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental ... Read More »

The Equal Rights Amendment: Still a Possibility

Some of you may think of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as being from a bygone age. But in fact, potential realization of the ERA is very much alive. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) plan to introduce a resolution on Thursday, May 9 that would eliminate the 1982 deadline originally established to ratify the Act. At ... Read More »

NASW Calls on Boy Scouts of America to End All Discrimination

In April, NASW sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America to end  their decades long policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders in their organization. On April 19, BSA announced publicly that the proposal to be considered by the Boy Scouts National Council this May recommends removing the ban on gay scouts, but upholding restrictions against openly ... Read More »

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released the new enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. These standards provide a framework to health care organizations for the delivery of culturally respectful and linguistically responsive care and services. In addition, these standards provide a platform for ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates Equal Pay Day

Today, April 9, is Equal Pay Day. While some steps have been taken to diminish wage discrimination, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Act of 2009, women still only earn less than 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. The White House has long been aware of the significance of this day. President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in ... Read More »

Senate Action on Gun Control Legislation

During the week of April 8, 2013, a vote is scheduled to occur in the Senate on gun control legislation. As part of NASW efforts to reduce gun violence, we have supported and actively worked to pass Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) legislation, S. 150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This act calls for the banning of military-style assault weapons ... Read More »

Join NASW in Observing National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16

Observe National Healthcare Decisions Day, now in its sixth year, by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing or reviewing your own advance directives. NASW is pleased to continue its support for this observance, scheduled for April 16. Advance care planning promotes self-determination and is integral to person-centered health care. Social ... Read More »

Louise Proehl Shoemaker – July 7, 1925 – March 19, 2013

Louise Proehl Shoemaker  had an illustrative career as a group worker, educator, and the Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania. In the 1940’s and 1950’s she worked in the Elliot Park Neighborhood House, Minnesota, the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, for the Maryland State Department of Public Welfare, and the Manhattanville Community Center of New York ... Read More »