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Resources for Social Workers during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year’s theme is “Building Community, Building Hope.” Communities across the country have a great influence in families’ lives. Every person one can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. Social workers are in a unique position to get involved in some ... Read More »

NASW Statement: We must remain vigilant to protect Affordable Care Act

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The  leadership of the House of Representatives on March 23 cancelled a vote on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Our collective voice through National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members, NASW chapters, NASW National office, and many other national organizations was heard and it made a difference.  This means that those who rely on the Medicaid safety net ... Read More »

NASW helps secure approval for National Academies study

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the National Research Council have approved a proposed consensus study that examines the roles the social work profession and other social needs providers can play in helping improve the nation’s health. NASW has taken a lead role in the group that has been working ... Read More »

Listen to the Social Work Month Radio Tour

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National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, talked to reporters in five states during Social Work Month. McClain used these tours to talk about Social Work Month, the role of social workers in addressing issues such as the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, and situations where social workers play a vital role.   Click on these links to download or ... Read More »

NASW California announces annual Social Work Awareness baseball game in partnership with San Diego Padres

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On Saturday, April 8th at 5:40pm at Petco Park, the National Association of Social Workers California Chapter, as part of the Partnership of Professional Social Workers, will partner with the San Diego Padres to host the 5th annual Social Work Awareness game versus the San Francisco Giants. This year’s celebration entitled, “Social Work Advocacy Day,” will honor social workers who ... Read More »

History shows importance of social work

Jane Addams, known as “The Mother of Social Work,” 
founded the U.S. Settlement House Movement in Chicago 
in the late 1800s. Addams and other social workers after her
 have led the way in developing social safety net programs

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 worker Janet Joiner, ... Read More »

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

Protest in California to preserve the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

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 »