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NASW forum examines women and poverty

By Rena Malai, News staff Gloria Steinem, iconic visionary of the women’s movement, and Tina Tchen, White House chief of staff for the office of the first lady, were among the guest speakers at a recent special NASW presidential forum titled the “Feminization of Poverty Revisited.” More than 100 female leaders and advocates — including health care professionals, policy analysts, ... Read More »

Social workers shine light on profession during Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social Work Month 2013 video:  http://youtu.be/rQq_JL1OmkI Kathy Shelton-Riek, associate professor of social work at Livingstone College in North Carolina, takes great pride in being a social worker. For her, National Professional Social Work Month, celebrated every March, means something special. “I think it is critical that we keep the dream of Jane Addams alive,” ... Read More »

Member highlights risks for women and binge drinking

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” About one in eight women are binge drinkers, according to an article in The Independent Florida Alligator. NASW member Joan Scully, a licensed clinical social worker and a substance abuse coordinator at the University of Florida Counseling & Wellness Center, says in the article that the first step to recognizing binge drinking ... Read More »

NASW Co-hosts Congressional Briefing on the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

On April 17, 2013 NASW co-hosted a Congressional briefing with the National Council on Disabilities (NCD), American Psychological Association (APA), and Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) titled, Rocking the Cradle: Protecting the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children. The briefing focused on the barriers persons with disabilities experience when they exercise their fundamental right to create and ... Read More »

NASW Calls on Boy Scouts of America to End All Discrimination

In April, NASW sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America to end  their decades long policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders in their organization. On April 19, BSA announced publicly that the proposal to be considered by the Boy Scouts National Council this May recommends removing the ban on gay scouts, but upholding restrictions against openly ... Read More »

Member promotes making youth mental health a public health priority

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” The Herald-Sun, in Durham, N.C., recently published a guest column by NASW member Barbara Smith titled “Early intervention in youth mental health.” “Much too frequently in America, we bear witness to horrific shootings,” Smith wrote, adding that while it’s important to have stricter gun laws, the country also needs “a humane and ... Read More »

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

On April 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released the new enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. These standards provide a framework to health care organizations for the delivery of culturally respectful and linguistically responsive care and services. In addition, these standards provide a platform for ... Read More »

Guam Chapter helps make social work title protection a reality

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW’s Guam Chapter celebrated a major victory for social workers and residents in November. The chapter was instrumental in convincing the 31st Guam Legislature to pass social work title protection into law and to create a social work licensing board. Ovita Rebanio Perez, president of the NASW Guam Chapter, said a grant from the ... Read More »

BSW student helps implement Native American scholarships

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A student member of the NASW California Chapter is doing her part to promote inclusion of Native Americans into the field of social work and to the association. Merris Obie is a BSW student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and serves as the student director, north representative, for the chapter’s board of ... Read More »