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Three social workers make ‘most influential’ list

By Rena Malai, News staff Three social workers — U.S. Sen. Barbara Milkulski, D-Md.; Congressional Social Work Caucus Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. — are included in a book called “Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress,” which congressional news provider CQ-Roll Call released in May. The book lists the 25 ... Read More »

Pioneers launch ’60 for 60′ campaign

By Rena Malai, News staff This year marks NASW’s 60th anniversary, and the NASW Foundation has announced the “60 for 60” fundraising campaign in recognition of the milestone. The campaign honors NASW’s accomplishments over the last 60 years and promotes the social work profession’s contributions to bring major positive changes in American society. Social workers advocated for the creation of ... Read More »

Reasons complex for Baltimore uprising

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff On May 1, Miesha Rice marched proudly — and peacefully — with others through the streets of Baltimore, following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose spinal cord was injured while in police custody on April 12. Gray died from his injuries on April 19. “We marched for about four hours, all ... Read More »

Rural social workers face own set of challenges

By social worker Kristin Battista-Frazee, News contributor The National Rural Social Work Caucus has a sense of humor about joining their group. Their membership page poses questions such as “What kind of tractor do you own?” to gauge if you have kinship with their cause. All jokes aside, the caucus well understands that despite the charm of quiet life in ... Read More »

NASW supports bill to help homeless students

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Cynthia Fernan came to Capitol Hill on a chilly January morning and informed federal lawmakers that she is an employed 19-year-old student from the Focus Learning Academy Southwest in Columbus, Ohio. “I am also a couch surfer,” she said. Fernan is homeless and has been for a few years. She relies on social media ... Read More »

Stigma remains attached to HIV

Experts say social workers can help educate public By Rena Malai, News staff There are people who still aren’t quite sure how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, and are afraid of what it means, says NASW member Melissa Sellevaag, manager for Youth and Family Care Navigation at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C. She says social workers can help prevent stigma, and spread ... Read More »

Video project showcases membership in NASW

By Paul R. Pace, News staff For Mary-Elizabeth Tuggle, a social worker with the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., being a member of NASW has provided opportunities to participate in leadership roles. “It makes me become more involved with the field of social work,” Tuggle said during her interview for NASW’s special video project that is debuting this month ... Read More »

Field education graduates to new levels

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Field education in social work has reached a new level of importance, says Jo Ann McFall, associate director of Field Education and Community Programs at Michigan State University School of Social Work. “Field education is in the most exciting place it has been in the 35 years that I have been involved since I ... Read More »

Tanzania meeting focuses on combatting poverty

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW — as part of the ongoing relationship with the Tanzania Social Workers Association, or TASWO —  was invited to TASWO’s annual meeting in October, held in Dar es Salaam. The meeting focused on the issues surrounding poverty in Tanzania, and the role social work plays. NASW CEO Angelo McClain and NASW President Darrell Wheeler ... Read More »

Law firm to help NASW strengthen government relations strategies

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW is strengthening its government relations strategies for the 114th Congress by teaming up with an award-winning, full-service government relations law firm that prides itself on strong bipartisan relationships in the executive and legislative branches. The association is working with Polsinelli law firm to energize social work’s policy muscle throughout the U.S., said Heidi ... Read More »