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No Longer Invisible: Understanding the Psychosocial Impact of Skin Color Stratification in the Lives of African American Women

Social workers work with clients who face various disadvantages due to social stigma, discrimination, and oppression. These disadvantages range from race, to ethnic origins, to gender, to sexual orientation, and beyond. One important factor in social stigma and discrimination that social workers need to be more aware of is colorism. “Colorism” is defined as discrimination based on skin tone. This ... Read More »

“Love Your Love Life”: Disadvantaged African American Adolescents Cocreate Psychoeducational Romantic and Sexual Health Resources

Disadvantaged Black adolescents are disproportionately afflicted by sexually transmitted disease transmission, dating violence, trafficking, and unplanned pregnancy. Social services need better tools and understanding to address these issues. Moreover, disadvantaged African American adolescents have been significantly underrepresented in mental health, social services, and best practices research, so existing evidence-based practice models are insufficiently inclusive of these adolescents’ perspectives. What can ... Read More »

By Grace: The Challenges, Strengths, and Promise of African American Marriages

From the highly visible partnership of Barack and Michelle Obama to the much-discussed book Is Marriage for White People?, the state of African American marriage has garnered much attention in recent years. Few would argue that there aren’t unique challenges to African American marriages, but the strengths and promise of African American marriage are left unexplored in the media and ... Read More »

African-American and Latino Organizations Join Forces to Push for Health Care Reform

On October 5, the country’s largest African-American and Latino organizations announced they are joining forces with other major national civil rights and grassroots organizations to mobilize the nation’s 100 million people of color for a final push in support of universal health care reform.  The organizations included the NAACP National Voter Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership ... Read More »

Hot Topics from August Health & Social Work Journal

The August issue of Health & Social Work (Vol. 34, No. 3) covers a wide range of topics important to social work and social workers, with the “Viewpoint” feature article by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) on posttraumatic stress disorder. Below is a sampling of what’s inside the issue. Download the table of contents of the August Health & Social Work ... Read More »

In Memoriam: John B. Turner, African American Social Work Pioneer

NASW Social Work Pioneer® John B. Turner, Ph.D., whose career in social work spanned more than 40 years and whose efforts and leadership helped earn national recognition for the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on Friday, Jan. 30. He was 86. – More Information… International Council on Social Welfare Tribute to ... Read More »

Dr. John B. Turner in Memoriam

Read the Obituary John B. Turner’s NASW Social Work Pioneer® Profile International Council on Social Welfare Tribute to John B. Turner NASW Tribute from Dr. James Kelly and Dr. Elizabeth J. Clark John B. Turner, Ph.D., whose career in social work spanned more than 40 years and whose efforts and leadership helped earn national recognition for the School of Social ... Read More »