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Tag Archives: Health Care

NASW Practice Alert Brief: Health Care in 2017

by Carrie Dorn, LMSW, MPA National Association of Social Workers Senior Practice Associate The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has extended health insurance to 20 million Americans. As the incoming Trump Administration has promised constituents, changes to health care are likely in the upcoming year.  Anti-discrimination provisions in the ... Read More »

Pain Awareness Month 2016

Posted September 22, 2016 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have identified pain as a significant public health challenge that affects tens of millions of people in the United States every year (Institute of Medicine, 2011). Pain Awareness Month, which NASW observes this September, offers social workers an opportunity to educate both colleagues and clients about pain—and to ... Read More »

NASW updates Standards of Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings

An updated version of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings has been released and is available online or for purchase through the NASW Press. It is a resource based on the consensus of expert health care social workers and is designed to enhance social workers’ knowledge to work effectively in ... Read More »

Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

Posted May 5, 2016 Older Americans Month: A Time to Celebrate Each May, NASW joins organizations across the United States in celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM). Begun in 1963 and currently led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the observance acknowledges older adults’ contributions to society and raises awareness about issues facing older adults. The theme for OAM 2016 ... Read More »

Challenges faced by social workers as members of interprofessional collaborative health care teams

The trend toward greater inclusion of interprofessional collaborative health care teams is increasing. Collaborative models bring together various health care providers— physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, dietitians, and others— to provide team-based care. Critical factors, such as communication, can improve or deter success in the collaborative setting, and social work has the historical experience in team-based care that allows ... Read More »

It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late: National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016

      Posted April 15, 2016 Join NASW in observing National Healthcare Decisions Day by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their health care decisions—and by doing the same for yourself and with people close to you. Advance care planning is an ongoing process of communication that fosters self-determination in health care decision making. Completion of advance ... Read More »

The National Association of Social Workers Supports Women’s Access to Birth Control

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Zubik v. Burwell, to support the right of all employees to access health care without discrimination, even while accommodating their employer’s religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court today reviewed challenges to the “accommodation” of the ACA’s birth control benefit. At stake is whether ... Read More »

“When Things Are Really Complicated, We Call the Social Worker”: Post-Hip-Fracture Care Transitions for Older People

Social workers play a key role in the delivery of interdisciplinary health care. However, in the past decade, concerns have been raised about social work’s sustainability and contributions in a changing health care sector. Due to multiple factors, including spending cuts and the expansion of the roles of nurses, social work’s role in frontline health care situations has experienced a ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Resources for Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers strongly supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has brought affordable health care to millions more Americans. Open enrollment has begun and will end on Jan. 31, 2016. The Health Insurance Marketplace is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Registration can be done online, by phone, or from trained navigators in ... Read More »

NASW, NASW Foundation and CSWE award scholarships to help social workers improve health care delivery

  The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) have awarded 10 universities with scholarships under the Social Work HEALS: Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars program. The scholarships, which are provided due to funding from The New York Community Trust, will be used ... Read More »