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Celebrate National Women’s Health Week May 12-18!

National Women's Health Week 2019

National Women’s Health Week—May 12-18—is a reminder for all women to take care of themselves and to make their personal health a priority. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health created National Women’s Health Week, now in its 20th year, to encourage women to build positive health habits. The recommendations—familiar but often overlooked in our stressful, ... Read More »

NASW Fondly Remembers Former NASW President Nancy A. Humphreys

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) fondly remembers Nancy A. Humphreys, who passed away February 9, 2019.  Among her many accomplishments, Nancy served as NASW President (1979-1981) and was only the second woman to be elected National NASW President.  As President she traveled extensively, visiting 51 chapters throughout the United States. She is a member of the NASW Social ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Ronald V. Dellums, Social Work Pioneer (1935-2018)

Born in Oakland, Calif., Ronald V. Dellums earned his MSW from the University of California, Berkeley. He served on the Berkeley City Council, was mayor of Oakland from 2007-2011, before being elected to Congress. Dellums was an advocate and community organizer throughout his career, representing social work values in the political arena. Dellums represented California’s Oakland Congressional District from 1970-1998. ... Read More »

Meet Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Stephen Baron

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced social worker and former District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health Director Stephen T. Baron is recipient of its Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award for his work expanding care and services for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders. “The NASW Foundation is proud to bestow this honor upon ... Read More »

Meet NASW Foundation Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient Mercedes Bern-Klug

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced University of Iowa School of Social Work Associate Professor Mercedes Bern-Klug is recipient of its Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award for her nationally known work in improving care for people who are aging or at the end of their lives. “The NASW Foundation is proud to bestow this honor upon Dr. ... Read More »

Meet NASW Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Susan Gray

The National Association of Social Workers) has announced social work professor and author Susan Gray as recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work improving the treatment of people living with mental illness and educating future generations of social workers. “Dr. Gray has worked relentlessly to ensure people who experience a mental illness have the help they ... Read More »

Meet Social Worker of the Year John Cowart

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced North Carolina social worker John Cowart is recipient of its National Social Worker of the Year Award for his outstanding and compassionate work improving the well-being of our nation’s veterans. “John Cowart has provided direct services to generations of our nation’s brave veterans, including those who served in the Spanish American ... Read More »

Meet NASW Foundation International Social Work Award Recipient Brené Brown

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has awarded social worker, author and public speaker Brené Brown the prestigious International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award for her work in significantly enhancing the public image of the social work profession. “Brené Brown has used her tremendous talent as a scholar, author and public speaker to make the public more aware of ... Read More »

Meet NASW Foundation Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joan Ditzion

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced social worker Joan Ditzion is recipient of its Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work advocating for gender equity and the humans right of women, especially women who are older adults. “The NASW Foundation is proud to bestow this honor upon Joan Ditzion,” NASWF Director Robert Carter Arnold ... Read More »

Meet NASW National Elected Official of the Year California Assemblymember Luis Alejo

The National Association of Social Workers has announced California state lawmaker Luis Alejo is recipient of its National Elected Official of the Year of the Year Award for his outstanding work improving the economic well-being of others and helping vulnerable immigrant populations. “Assemblymember Luis Alejo has dedicated his career to addressing racism and economic disparities,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, ... Read More »