Tag Archives: health

Help Students Thrive, Heal During a Public Health Crisis

Black teacher with a face mask explaining exam results to elementary student in the classroom.

By Paul R. Pace Social workers can learn how to incorporate safety and connection when working with children and youth who may be experiencing difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kashera Guy Robinson, LCSW, and Uraina L. Scott, LCSW, school social workers in the Atlanta area, present the NASW Special Practice Sections webinar, How social workers can help students learn ... Read More »

National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Posted April 22, 2022 On April 6, 2022, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report entitled The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. The report represents the culmination of 18 months of work by a study committee that included NASW Social Work Pioneer® and Wisconsin Chapter ... Read More »

Update: Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted January 28, 2022, and revised February 10, 2022 This post updates information provided in a Social Work Blog post of December 17, 2021. The January 28, 2022, post was revised on February 10, 2022, to reflect changes since publication. Following its November 12 release of guidance for nursing home visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS released three versions of ... Read More »

Practice Alert: Seeking NASW Members to Revise NASW Standards for Palliative & End of Life Care

January 2022 The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is establishing a task force that will revise the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care, which was last published in 2004. NASW seeks individuals with the following qualifications to join the task force: Baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree in social work Active NASW membership ... Read More »

CMS Updates Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted December 17, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on nursing home residents, families, and staff. Limitations on visits from family (as defined by each resident), other personal guests, and even certain service providers (such as hospice personnel and long-term care ombudsmen) have drastically exacerbated loneliness and social isolation among residents. Recognizing the physical and emotional toll ... Read More »

NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues Denounces Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Protesters take part in the Women's March for Reproductive Rights in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 2, 2021.

NASW’s National Committee on Women’s Issues (NCOWI) remains firm in its support of an individual’s rights over their reproductive health. NCOWI denounces efforts in numerous states to restrict access to reproductive health services and undermine rights protected under Roe v. Wade, particularly in Texas and Mississippi, whose efforts to eviscerate Roe are now being debated by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment: What’s New for 2022 and How You Can Help Your Clients

Image used with the permission of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Text reads, “Medicare Open Enrollment. Oct. 15-Dec. 7. Plans change. So can your needs. Medicare.gov”

Posted November 12, 2021 Each fall, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and change their coverage options during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP). The OEP, sometimes known as the annual election period, began on October 15 and ends on December 7. Changes made during the OEP affect coverage between January 1 and December 31, 2022. (The Medicare OEP is distinct ... Read More »

Trans Men’s Access to Knowledgeable Providers and Their Experiences in Health Care Settings

Transgender adults face a health care system rife with stigma, including a lack of culturally responsive providers and high likelihood of discrimination and mistreatment. However, there is a gap in knowledge about trans men—those assigned a female sex at birth who identify as men or as transmasculine—including subgroups, such as trans men of color. An article in a recent issue ... Read More »

Will the Pandemic Cause Mental Trauma?

July 24, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up CSWE: The Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) ... Read More »

When patients with COVID-19 began arriving, Michigan Medicine social workers moved quickly to adapt. Here’s how they helped patients

sick man uses eating soup in bed

By Audrey I. Houttekier, LMSW, C-ASWCM and Gariann Brock, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM Care Management Social Work at Michigan Medicine provides inpatient clinical social work and discharge planning services in inpatient, observation, and emergency settings for pediatric and adult patients of Michigan Medicine. The challenge of COVID-19 has presented new needs for patients who are positive for the novel coronavirus which ... Read More »