Tag Archives: health

Honor Family Caregivers—Now More Than Ever

NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Family Caregivers—Now More Than Ever!, highlights family caregivers’ growing role in supporting people of all ages who live with chronic conditions or disabilities. NASW resources: NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults Family caregiving information and resources on NASW’s consumer Web ... 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 »

NASW staff attend White House briefing on social work education

By Rena Malai, News staff The Council on Social Work Education hosted a White House briefing in September called “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.” The briefing’s purpose was to increase awareness of the part social workers and social work education will play as health care reform unfolds. “The White ... Read More »

Talking points aim to ensure older adults included

By Rena Malai, News staff The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging has developed talking points to ensure that older adults’ mental health is included in the national Community Conversations on Mental Health. NASW is a member of the coalition. The talking points are important, because older adults’ mental health is often under addressed in discussions about aging and ... Read More »

NASW LDF offers updated HIPAA sample forms and information materials

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Legal Defense Fund has updated NASW’s sample forms and information materials that highlight the latest rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the 2013 Omnibus HIPAA Final Rule in January. At press time, enforcement of the rule was set ... Read More »

Social Workers at the White House Addressing Social Determinants of Health

NASW CEO Dr. Angelo McClain, and several staff members, recently attended a White House briefing, hosted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) entitled “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.” This event included four panels of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff and was held prior ... Read More »

National veterans policy discussed at NASW

Paul R. Pace, News staff Diverse disciplines convened at NASW’s national office in June to discuss the possibility of drafting a covenant for the nation’s veterans. The symposium, “Enhancing the well-being of America’s veterans and their families: A call to action for a national veterans policy,” provided a platform to exchange expert feedback on the challenges and potential solutions to ... Read More »

NASW members urged to inform others about new health insurance options

Rena Malai, News staff The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to ensure that all Americans have health insurance, will go into effect Jan. 1. The next significant step in implementing the law is the open enrollment process for health care coverage, which begins Oct. 1. Open enrollment is an opportunity for people without insurance to explore ... Read More »

NASW and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy: Working Together to Support a 21st Century Approach to Drug Policy Reform

On July 8, NASW met David Mineta, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Mr. Mineta was appointed by President Obama to oversee the Office of Demand Reduction (ODR) and is now working to implement evidenced-based drug policy reform initiatives aimed at the fostering development of a national community-based prevention system, ... Read More »

House Farm Bill Does Not Include SNAP Benefits

On July 11, we summarized the status of the House version of the Farm Bill.  Many Democrats opposed that version because the SNAP cuts were too severe in their view, while some Republicans objected because they believed the cuts were not severe enough.  Recently, consideration of this measure became even more contentious.  The House has indeed passed a Farm Bill ... Read More »