Social Work Advocates Magazine

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 »

Struggle to keep Social Security funded continues

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers and Social Security have a rich history together, explains NASW-New Hampshire Executive Director Stephen Gorin, and he urges social workers to continue this history by advocating for the Social Security program, which is facing possible government cutbacks. “It’s important to keep in mind that social workers were at the forefront in helping ... Read More »

International NASW District helps those working abroad

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW members who are thinking of moving abroad and taking their social work skills with them can maintain their U.S. social worker status and remain connected to membership through the NASW-NC Chapter International District. The International District replaces the NASW International Chapter. Kathy Boyd, the North Carolina chapter’s executive director, said the International District has ... Read More »

SWPI symposium focuses on racial equity

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute convened a two-day national think tank called “Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action” at the NASW national office in November. Sixty social work leaders, administrators and educators, as well as policymakers and racial-equity experts came together to discuss and examine the issue of racial equity. This ... Read More »

Two keynote speakers announced for NASW National Conference

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A secretary of labor in former President Bill Clinton’s administration and a chief diversity officer and divisional vice president of a major drug store chain will be among the keynote speakers at NASW’s 2014 National Conference. “Social Work: Courage, Hope & Leadership,” will take place in Washington, D.C., July 23-26. Keynote speaker Robert Reich, ... Read More »