Tag Archives: pandemic

COVID-19 and First Responder Social Workers: An Unexpected Mental Health Storm

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COVID-19 has disproportionally affected people living in poverty; new immigrants; and those living in healthcare settings (hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes), shelters, detention centers, and prisons. The pandemic has also significantly impacted social workers who face hidden mental health consequences. The resultant feelings and behaviors are similar to disaster-induced trauma, including excessive rumination, hypervigilance, exhaustion, and excessive crying as a ... 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 »

Pandemics, Economic Systems, and the Future of Social Work

[Note: Below is an excerpt from an article in the most recent issue of the journal Social Work, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press. The article was written by Laura Nissen, PhD, MSW, professor and Presidential Futures Fellow, School of Social Work, Portland State University; and Anna Scheyett, PhD, MSW, dean and professor, School of Social Work, University of Georgia, Athens. ... 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 »

COVID-19 Impacts on Social Work and Nursing Now and into the Future: National Administration Plans

[Note: Below is an excerpt from an article in the most recent issue of the journal Health & Social Work, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press. The article was written by Ethan J. Evans, PhD, MSW, assistant professor; Nassrine Noureddine, EdD, MSN, associate professor; Susanna R. Curry, PhD, MSW, assistant professor; and Kisun Nam, PhD, MSSW, associate professor, Division ... Read More »

Reopening Ahead of a Fourth Wave

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July 30, 2021 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. In 2021, Social Work Responds will be issued quarterly. Announcements The National Association ... Read More »

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color: A National Concern

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor While much of the nation is beginning to return to a degree of normalcy since the start of national COVID vaccine distribution, there are still  nagging and serious barriers to ending the pandemic in the United States. One major barrier is vaccine hesitancy in communities of color – especially among Black and Brown ... 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 »

What’s the meaning of this?

May 1, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

COVID-19 and Social Justice

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April 17, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »