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Participatory Investigation of the Great East Japan Disaster: PhotoVoice from Women Affected by the Calamity

Disasters exacerbate pre-disaster inequities and intensify the vulnerability of women and other marginalized and disempowered groups. Thus, disaster policies and responses should incorporate the experiences and perspectives of those who are marginalized. A recent issue of the journal Social Work included an article by two Japanese researchers on using an interactive, collaborative technique to highlight women’s experiences of disaster and ... Read More »

Classroom–Community Consultation (C3) 10 Years after Hurricane Katrina: A Retrospective Look at a Collaborative, School-Based Referral Model

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating natural disasters to occur in the continental United States, and the effects of this disaster are felt to this day. Social workers played a vital role in the recovery efforts following Katrina, and important lessons gained from their experiences can aid social service providers in helping the public in the aftermath of ... Read More »

Member makes a difference for flood victims

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NASW member Reia Chapman, who runs her own practice in Charlotte, N.C., volunteered with the American Red Cross for its disaster mental health services team in Lafayette, La., helping victims of the region’s historic flooding. “I do a lot of community-based organizing and racial trauma and advocacy work for marginalized groups,” Chapman said of what inspired her to volunteer. “I ... Read More »

Social workers find disaster mental health work rewarding

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social worker Jack Sarmanian says the personal rewards of being a disaster mental health worker far outweigh the challenges. The Maine resident was among a group of disaster mental health workers with the American Red Cross deployed to Moore, Okla., in May. A devastating EF-5 tornado ravaged the surrounding community, resulting in 25 deaths ... Read More »

Oklahoma NASW chapter provides outreach in tornado aftermath

By Rena Malai, News staff On May 19 and 20, tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City area, causing deaths and injuries and affecting thousands of residents. The storms left a path of devastation in surrounding towns, including the cities of Moore and Shawnee, and leveled homes and buildings. It was the first time NASW member Lauren Black experienced a tornado, ... Read More »

Chapter responds to Boston Marathon bombings

By Rena Malai, News staff Pressure cooker bombs killed three people and injured about 164 when they exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April. In response to the tragedy, NASW’s Massachusetts Chapter has gathered resources and information online to help those affected by the bombings. “We have put together a resource list for families of victims, ... Read More »