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May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (or IDAHO) is an opportunity to draw attention to the inequities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons every day and in every part of the world.  It is also a day to recognize and continue the progress that has been made towards achieving LGBT rights. Heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia create an ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

Each year on Mother’s Day the US Department of Health and Human Services kicks off National Women’s Health Week. Starting on Sunday, May 13, individuals, communities, and health agencies, among others, will unite in an effort to advocate for women to take control of their health. The 2012 theme is, It’s Your Time. According to the campaign website, organizations will ... Read More »

Update on Violence Against Women Act

On April 26, 2012 the U.S. Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) including the provision of expanded protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. However, it soon became clear that the Republican lead House of Representatives would not vote for the Senate version of the Act so long as it ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates President Obama’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

For the first time in the history of our country a sitting President has publicly announced his personal support for same-sex marriage.  The announcement by President Obama, coming off the heels of the disappointing North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriages through a constitutional amendment, speaks volumes for the marriage equality movement and ignites hope in the LGBT community. NASW ... Read More »

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to raise awareness on the plight of children and youth in the foster care system. There are approximately 400,000 children and youth in foster care because their own families are unable to provide for their essential well-being. In addition, approximately 30,000 young people age out of the foster care system each year ... Read More »

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 19, 1012 is the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day inthe United States. Since chronic hepatitis often does not cause any symptoms until serious liver damage has been done, testing for hepatitis is crucial. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and ... Read More »

Social workers use film to spotlight social issues

By Greg Wright, News contributor Social worker Matt Anderson became a documentary film producer on a whim. He was working with foster children in Missoula, Mont., when he met Codie, an 18-year-old who had been placed in 17 foster homes in just seven years. Like many former foster children, Codie was struggling to reconnect with family and avoid becoming involved ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act from an oncology social work perspective: What’s in it for Patients and families?

by Sarah Conning, LCSW, OSW-C; Association of Oncology Social Workers After tumultuous public debate, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010. Nearly two years later, the law is still in the throes of political controversy and legal challenges. In the face of such monumental changes, complicated timelines, legal uncertainties, and small print, what is ... Read More »

Q&A NASW Sections Webinar on Ethics & Private Practice

Questions below are from the NASW Specialty Practice Sections live webinar on ethics. Common Ethical Mistakes Made in Private Practice: A Focus on Areas Requiring Closer Attention for Even the Most Experienced Practitioners March 7, 2012 Q: Isn’t it breaking the husband’s confidentiality by telling the wife you can’t see her because you are seeing him individually? A: Yes, it ... Read More »

Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, ... Read More »