Social Work Advocates Magazine

NASW forum examines women and poverty

By Rena Malai, News staff Gloria Steinem, iconic visionary of the women’s movement, and Tina Tchen, White House chief of staff for the office of the first lady, were among the guest speakers at a recent special NASW presidential forum titled the “Feminization of Poverty Revisited.” More than 100 female leaders and advocates — including health care professionals, policy analysts, ... Read More »

Social workers shine light on profession during Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social Work Month 2013 video:  http://youtu.be/rQq_JL1OmkI Kathy Shelton-Riek, associate professor of social work at Livingstone College in North Carolina, takes great pride in being a social worker. For her, National Professional Social Work Month, celebrated every March, means something special. “I think it is critical that we keep the dream of Jane Addams alive,” ... Read More »

Member highlights risks for women and binge drinking

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” About one in eight women are binge drinkers, according to an article in The Independent Florida Alligator. NASW member Joan Scully, a licensed clinical social worker and a substance abuse coordinator at the University of Florida Counseling & Wellness Center, says in the article that the first step to recognizing binge drinking ... Read More »

Member promotes making youth mental health a public health priority

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” The Herald-Sun, in Durham, N.C., recently published a guest column by NASW member Barbara Smith titled “Early intervention in youth mental health.” “Much too frequently in America, we bear witness to horrific shootings,” Smith wrote, adding that while it’s important to have stricter gun laws, the country also needs “a humane and ... Read More »

HHS issues final regulations regarding HIPAA

By Rena Malai, News staff The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final set of regulations that address several key areas under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was passed in 2009, some existing HIPAA requirements were amended as the ... Read More »

Discussion series addresses child welfare system

By Rena Malai, News staff The University of North Carolina School of Social Work at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the Children’s Home Society of America, created a three-part discussion series to examine problems in the child welfare system. The third and final part of the series, called “The Wicked Problems of Child Welfare and their Incomplete Solutions,” was hosted ... Read More »

Guam Chapter helps make social work title protection a reality

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW’s Guam Chapter celebrated a major victory for social workers and residents in November. The chapter was instrumental in convincing the 31st Guam Legislature to pass social work title protection into law and to create a social work licensing board. Ovita Rebanio Perez, president of the NASW Guam Chapter, said a grant from the ... Read More »

Social workers discuss importance of advance care plan

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Deborah Waldrop understands the importance of discussing health care decisions before a crisis occurs, and she encourages social workers to take advantage of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 by helping their clients with advance care planning. “By providing information and promoting conversations, NHDD has the potential to facilitate powerful changes on how ... Read More »

BSW student helps implement Native American scholarships

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A student member of the NASW California Chapter is doing her part to promote inclusion of Native Americans into the field of social work and to the association. Merris Obie is a BSW student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and serves as the student director, north representative, for the chapter’s board of ... Read More »