Practice and Professional Development

On The Two-Year Anniversary of the ACA: Social Workers Speak About the Benefits of the Law For Families And Young Adults

Today  – Friday March 23rd – is the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This date is an important opportunity to reflect upon the benefits that Americans of all backgrounds are already seeing as a result of health reform. Moreover, with the Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of the health law next week, ... Read More »

United Nations International Women’s Day – March 8, 2012

Background International Women’s Day (March 8, 2012) is recognized around the globe as a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of women around the globe, raise awareness of women’s issues, and inspire people to continue to fight for women’s rights. The ... Read More »

Civil rights and quality of care are intertwined

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently held a Listening Session on LGBT and HIV/AIDS Issues.  The meeting, comprised of stakeholders from LGBT organizations and HIV/AIDS organizations, as well as larger membership organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), was convened by Director, Leon Rodriquez.  During the meeting, Director Rodriquez stressed the ... Read More »

Gary Bailey on Global Youth Unemployment

Gary Bailey, the President of the International Federation of Social Workers and a Professor at Simmons College, recently took part in a television panel on global youth unemployment on Chinese television. Click here to listen. Panel Discussion: Gary Bailey, the President of the International Federation of Social Workers and a Professor at Simmons College. Ann Herbert, the Director of the ... Read More »

White House Champions of Change: Affordable Care Act 2-Year Anniversary

The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country that represents President Obama’s vision of out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world through projects and initiatives that moves their communities forward.  Before the Affordable Care Act was passed two years ago, children were refused insurance coverage because of a pre-existing ... Read More »

NASW Supports the Global Social Service Workforce Strengthening Alliance

NASW is a member of a global Social Service Workforce Strengthening Alliance that was formed following the November 2010 Conference in Cape Town.  The Alliance advocates for and coordinates support to country level initiatives that help to develop the workforce that provides critical services to vulnerable children and families.  The Alliance is currently seeking a Senior Advisor, SWWS Alliance to further ... Read More »

NASW Responds to HHS Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Bulletin with a Call For a Strong National Benefit Package

In December 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a bulletin on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB), an important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see 12/21/11 blog posting).   This week, NASW submitted its comments (see here) on DHHS’ proposed approach.  NASW made a strong appeal for a comprehensive, uniform set of national health benefits, ... Read More »

National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness: End Modern Day Slavery

In 2009, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sam Brownback (R-Ka.) to observe National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month from January 1 to February 1.  January 11th has become a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.  President Obama declared January 2012 to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention ... Read More »