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History shows importance of social work

By Maren Dale, News contributor Today, social workers are part of the fabric of our nation, leading the march toward social justice, bringing our nation’s social problems to the public’s attention and serving in nearly every sector. Yet it was not long ago that many of the freedoms and rights Americans have today did not exist — and they would ... Read More »

NASW hopes virtual conferences will save Social Workers time, money

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As virtual events become a larger part of the professional development landscape, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is using this medium more frequently to expand the audience and social work reach as well as saving social workers time and money. Virtual Conferences complement our site-based National Conferences for those who cannot make the trip to Washington, D.C.. Social workers like Janet ... Read More »

NASW urges House Members to Oppose American Health Care Act, urges social worker to take action to stop bill

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly urges members of the House of Representatives to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it is currently written. There are numerous reasons for our opposition outlined below, but notably we are wary of the bills provision for guaranteed “universal access” to health care and coverage. As defined in this legislation, ... Read More »

Training Broadens Social Work Fellow’s Understanding of Political Process

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By Janeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, LCSW NASW Foundation Social Work HEALS Policy Fellow As the inaugural NASW Foundation Social Work HEALS Policy Fellow, I had the privilege of attending the 2016-2017 American Political Science Association (APSA), Congressional Fellowship Program (CFP) in November 2016.  This prestigious month-long program brings together policy fellows from diverse disciplines such as political science, social ... Read More »

Join Social Work Month Twitterstorm on March 8!

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The nation’s 650,000 social workers are champions for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. They stand up by comforting people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, ensuring they get best possible care while on the road to recovery. They stand up and support military personnel, veterans and their families, immigrants, people living with disabilities ... Read More »

HEALS program awards yearlong policy fellowship

By Maren Dale, News contributor JaNeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, is the 2016 senior policy fellow through the NASW HEALS (Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars) Policy Fellowship. Cross, an assistant clinical professor of social work from Widener University in Pennsylvania, relocated in August from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., to begin her fellowship. The one-year HEALS program allows Cross to ... Read More »

Climate change, natural disasters affect well-being

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Samantha Teixeira was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work earning her MSW and then her Ph.D., she and a young black man walked up to a high school where the entry door was locked. “He rang the bell, and they wouldn’t let him in,” she said. “He looked at me and ... Read More »

NASW withholds support of Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Judge Neil Gorsuch. Photo courtesy of Slate.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is withholding support for the Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Although Judge Gorsuch’s judicial record is relatively sparse as it relates to the foremost issues of the day there are indications his judicial philosophy may conflict with social work values. President Trump on Jan. 31 ... Read More »

Social Work Organizations Oppose Efforts to Repeal Affordable Care Act

People rally to protest possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Time.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed our health care system and extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million individuals. Steps are in place to undo the progress we have made. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) oppose efforts to fully repeal the ACA which will ... Read More »