Social Work Advocates Magazine

ACA summit highlights new opportunities for social work

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW members made up more than half of the attendees at the Social Work and Affordable Care Act Summit, held Feb. 7 in Chicago. NASW CEO Angelo McClain and NASW Senior Practice Associate Stacy Collins represented the association at the event. The invitational conference, which highlighted how the ACA is opening up opportunities for social ... Read More »

Social work efforts aim to prevent suicide deaths

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social worker Chris Gilchrist is passionate about raising awareness and lifting the stigma surrounding depression and suicide. She organizes the Out of the Darkness Community Walk in her hometown in Hampton Roads, Va. The annual event, which offers awareness, support, remembrance and education for those affected by depression and suicide, has grown to be ... Read More »

Solomon receives Distinguished Career Achievement Award

Phyllis Solomon, a researcher and professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award at the 18th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference in January. According to the school, Solomon has spent a lifetime dedicated to researching adults with severe mental illness and their families. As an ... Read More »

NASW member part of same-sex marriage lawsuit

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW member Lori Watsen and her wife, Sharene, are one of four lesbian couples in Idaho suing the state over its same-sex marriage ban. The Watsens were married legally in New York, but Idaho has a constitutional amendment that bans any recognition of a same-sex marriage. Same-sex married couples living in a state that does ... Read More »

NASW remembers longtime member Loretta Fuddy

By Rena Malai, News staff Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy, an NASW member for more than 40 years, died shortly after a plane crash late last year off the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The pilot of the Makani Kai Cessna Grand Caravan made an emergency water landing after the single engine failed. All nine passengers, including 65-year-old Fuddy, ... Read More »

NASW joins conference on voting rights

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW is continuing the fight to support voter rights as a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Staff from NASW attended the organization’s “Moving Voting Rights Forward: A Conference on Strategy for 2014 and Beyond,” hosted in Washington, D.C., last month. The Voting Rights Amendment Act (H.R. 3899; S. 1945), ... Read More »

Former NASW leader was active in War on Poverty initiative

By Paul R. Pace, News staff January marked the 50th anniversary of the “War on Poverty,” declared by President Lyndon Johnson. The late Mark Battle, who led NASW as executive director from 1984 to 1992, played a pivotal role when federal initiatives to address the needs of the underprivileged were enacted. Battle was working as a consultant for the U.S. ... Read More »

Social workers adjust to new claims and reimbursement processes

By Rena Malai, News staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker Camielle Call knows how daunting it can be to keep up with the changes in claim procedures that are taking place this year for those in her profession. But she and other clinical social workers said thoroughly educating oneself on the revisions will make adapting to them much easier. The claims ... Read More »

Social workers to serve on Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health program

Two social workers have been selected to serve as 2014 Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health, a national program that works to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults. The social workers are Cindy Tack, director of care coordination at the MMC Physician-Hospital Organization in ... Read More »

U.S. Reps say more public policy social workers needed

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Two members of Congress who are also social workers emphasized the need for more social workers in politics at a Public Policy Roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., in December. U.S. Reps. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., spoke to social work leaders, including Angelo McClain, NASW CEO; and Darla Spence Coffey, president of ... Read More »