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When patients with COVID-19 began arriving, Michigan Medicine social workers moved quickly to adapt. Here’s how they helped patients

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By Audrey I. Houttekier, LMSW, C-ASWCM and Gariann Brock, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM Care Management Social Work at Michigan Medicine provides inpatient clinical social work and discharge planning services in inpatient, observation, and emergency settings for pediatric and adult patients of Michigan Medicine. The challenge of COVID-19 has presented new needs for patients who are positive for the novel coronavirus which ... Read More »

Social Work Ethics During the Time of Pandemic

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By Andrea Murray, MSW, LICSW Senior Ethics Associate National Association of Social Workers The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has transformed every aspect of our lives over just a few weeks. The ethical dilemmas that have emerged would have been considered fodder for a disaster movie plot not too long ago, yet today these dilemmas are reality. “How do you avoid abandoning ... Read More »

Mental Health Leaders Meet with President Trump to Discuss Coronavirus Impact

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEO Angelo McClain yesterday participated on a conference call with President Trump, Vice President Pence and key Trump Administration officials for a discussion on the mental health implications of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)pandemic.  The meeting was an opportunity for the Administration to hear directly from the mental health community as the nation confronts the ... Read More »

National Healthcare Decisions Day in a Time of Pandemic

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On April 16th each year, NASW celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to empower individuals to engage in advance care planning. As our communities face the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of these conversations comes into new focus. Social workers can support clients, family members, and friends to communicate their health care treatment preferences. Advance care planning is not only about ... Read More »

New York City Social Workers: Silenced on the Front Lines of Crisis

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By Dr. Claire Green-Forde, LCSW Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter New York currently holds a title no city or state in America wants – the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis. As social workers we are watching everyday, worried that our loved ones, colleagues, friends, or clients could fall ill with the ensuing complications of COVID-19 ... Read More »

Join the #TransKids #SoFierce Campaign on March 31

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Each year on March 31, the world marks International Transgender Day of Visibility as a time to raise awareness around the discrimination that people who are transgender experience and celebrate people who are transgender from around the world who courageously live their lives openly and authentically. So far in 2020, more than 200 bills in 18 states been proposed to ... Read More »

NASW joins legal case to stop faith groups from using “ministerial exception” to deny civil protections to staff

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  participated in an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, along with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Kevin Russell of Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and 67 other organizations, that was filed in the  U.S. Supreme Court on March 11, 2020 in consolidated cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe School ... Read More »

Congressional briefing examines ways to improve health and mental health care in jails

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The National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association held a Capitol Hill briefing on March 3 called “The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails.” The National Association of Social Workers cosponsored the briefing along with the Grand Challenges for Social Work, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, and the ... Read More »

Leveraging Social Work Research to Improve America’s Well-Being

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By Sarah Butts and Ron Manderscheid National Association of Social Workers (NASW) leaders on Jan. 18 participated in a panel at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference to discuss how to improve the collective impact across the profession and how to bring social work research to the national policy agenda. The panelists included: Sarah Gehlert, PhD, dean ... Read More »