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Featured 2017 NASW Virtual Conference Presenter Robyn Golden explains importance of advocacy in today’s political environment

Robyn Golden. Photo courtesy of Rush University

Robyn Golden, MA, ACSW, LCSW, Director of Population Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center, explains the importance of advocacy in the current atmosphere. “The policy and political environment, specifically around health care and social services, is particularly fraught right now due to the uncertainty of federal health care reform and the threat of cutting federal funding for a ... Read More »

Age Out Loud During Older Americans Month

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Posted May 5, 2017 NASW invites social workers to join and promote the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the contributions older adults make to society. The theme for OAM 2017 is Age Out Loud. This theme emphasizes the ways in which older adults live with boldness ... Read More »

Statement: NASW strongly opposes legislation to repeal Affordable Care Act

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan presents the first version of the American Health Care Act. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act because it would have a devastating impact on the health of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and make it more difficult to provide affordable health care for poor and low-income Americans. The House today narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care ... Read More »

NASW Social Justice Brief examines Trump immigration policy, sanctuary cities and child welfare

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The Trump AdminThe Trump Administration policy of deporting large numbers of immigrants who are in the United States illegally is having a significant impact on the social work profession. Staff from the National Association of Social Workers Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York City, Texas and National Office Social Justice and Human Rights department prepared a Social Justice Brief that looks at ... Read More »

Let Congress know you oppose revised American Health Care Act!

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Let your Representatives in Congress know that you oppose measures to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections.  The House GOP leadership has proposed allowing states the right to raise costs of health care and limit service offerings.  The revised GOP American Health Care Act (AHCA) repeal bill called the MacArthur Amendment would permit states to: Discriminate against older adults ... Read More »

Webinars focus on cultural competence standards

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff We live in a time of considerable tensions related to differences of all kinds, says Carol Bonner, chairwoman of the NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, or NCORED. “It is the responsibility, as social workers, to lead at all organizational and societal levels, and advocate for social justice, human dignity and human ... Read More »

Social workers weigh in on marijuana laws, policies

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor “Marijuana has lit up conversations and controversy across the country. It’s a hotly contested and complicated issue for states to weed through, and no doubt will remain high on legislative agendas for the foreseeable future,” the National Conference of State Legislatures says on one of its website’s “Deep Dive” issues pages. Voters passed eight marijuana-related ... Read More »

What social workers need to know about proposals to limit Medicaid Benefits

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The Republican Party has proposed reducing Medicaid spending through block grants or per capita grants. The National Association of Social Workers is against such a plan because reducing Medicaid services would harm a critical benefit to women, vulnerable populations and those living with chronic physical and mental health conditions. To learn more about this issue and how you can get ... Read More »

Nephrology social workers fill many roles

Even though there are more than 200,000 Americans living
with a kidney transplant, the National Kidney Foundation says
on average, 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting 
list every month. And 13 people a day — or 4,745 
people a year — die while waiting for a kidney.

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Dean Wolf has spent his entire working life as a social worker in the field helping others. Now he is asking others to help him, and said it is not an easy thing to do. “As much as I have empathy for people, I need a kidney,” he said it is not an easy thing ... Read More »