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Social work practice update: CDC releases practice guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

  Recent clinical trials have proven that a daily dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can significantly reduce the transmission of HIV among populations at higher risk of contracting the disease. As a result of these findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday released the first practical clinical guidelines for PrEP, with the recommendation that PrEP be ... Read More »

Learn about postpartum depression during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Maternal Mental Health Month Awareness Month.  This is a good time for social workers and the public to become more educated on postpartum depression among women. It is conservatively estimated that more than 600,000 women in the United States experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy or within a year of childbirth.  In fact, postpartum depression is the top complication ... Read More »

Free NASW-CSWE Webinar: Social Work Practice in Integrated Care Settings

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is altering the delivery of behavioral health services, moving toward a model of behavioral health integration in primary care settings. Learn about this rapidly changing practice area from Suzanne Daub, LCSW, an NASW member and Senior Integrated Health Consultant for the National Council for Behavioral Health. Suzanne provides guidance and training on ... Read More »

Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Approximately 2.2 million service members make up the U.S. all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve components, representing less than one percent of all U.S. citizens. Furthermore, veterans constitute seven percent of the country’s population, or almost 22 million persons, with ten percent of those being female. The largest living cohort of veterans served during the Vietnam era. ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Brooks Appointment to White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Douglas Brooks. Photo courtesy of TheBody.com.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates Douglas Brooks, MSW, LCSW, on his appointment as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Brooks brings the necessary leadership skills to oversee implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and HIV Care Continuum initiative in a way that will engage the many communities and organizations committed to ... Read More »

April 16: A Day to Consider and Communicate Your Health Care Choices

NASW is pleased to continue its support for National Healthcare Decisions Day, now in its seventh year. Join the observance by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing, reviewing, and sharing your own advance directives. Advance care planning is more than a document. It’s an ongoing process that can help each ... Read More »

March 10th – Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13.   It is estimated that over 25,000 women and girls in the U.S. do not know they are living with HIV. On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health is reaching ... Read More »

Special Issue of Children & Schools on School Social Workers and Military-Connected Schools

It is estimated that the children of parents either who are currently in the military or who are veterans numbers over 4 million in the United States. These children and their families have and/or continue to experience multiple deployments, family separation, frequent transitions and relocations, and other stressful life events that their non-military-connected peers usually do not undergo. Supportive school ... Read More »

GLobal LGBT Equity is a Social Justice Issue

The National Association of Social Workers has a strong position against discrimination of persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Criminalizing relationships based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity violates fundamental human rights, limits one’s ability to fully engage in their community and society, and hinders effective public health responses to HIV and AIDS.     President Obama, in a ... Read More »