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Experts discuss how to strengthen social work workforce worldwide

By Rena Malai, News staff The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance held a symposium in April that brought together experts to discuss the importance of strengthening the social service workforce worldwide. The NASW Foundation was one of the co-hosts of the event, called “Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children: The Role of the Social Service Workforce.” NASW is ... Read More »

Social work departments honored for service in Boston Marathon tragedy

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers played a critical role in helping the victims, their families and friends, and the community heal in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings last year. The NASW Massachusetts Chapter — during its 13th Biennial Social Work Symposium — honored the social work departments of seven trauma centers in Boston for their ... Read More »

Social workers discuss enrollment process for health care under ACA

By Rena Malai, News staff Talking to people about their health is all in a day’s work, according to Katie Merrill, an MSW student at the University of Albany School of Social Welfare in New York. Merrill is one of the student health care navigators for the university’s contracted navigator program, which serves the New York counties of Albany, Rensselaer, ... Read More »

NYC Chapter campaigns for equitable salaries

By Rena Malai, News staff It’s expensive to live in New York City, especially if a salary doesn’t keep up with the cost of living. And social workers who can’t afford to live where they work could get frustrated and move on, leaving behind a deficit of qualified professionals. These are a couple of the driving forces in developing the ... Read More »

School Violence Solutions: Social workers focus on mental health aspect

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Headlines announcing the latest incidents of school violence have become common, and calls for solutions have been open to debate. Rather than promote a fortress mentality to protect students from violence, social workers are urging more programs and resources that provide early mental health screenings and treatments for school children. In addition, social workers ... Read More »

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on racial equity

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers involved in advancing racial equity reinforced the need for the social work profession to be at the forefront of eradicating institutional racism, during a recent congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. NASW sponsored the briefing, titled “Achieving Racial Equity: Social Workers as Agents of Change,” in March in conjunction with the Congressional Social ... Read More »

Social work school staff help with Philippine relief mission

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Staff from the University of Southern California School of Social Work performed the first phase of a relief mission in the Philippines to aid the survivors of a devastating typhoon that struck the region in November. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, caused numerous deaths in portions of Southeast Asia. It ... Read More »

Social workers, NASW active in War on Poverty initiatives

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers and NASW played active roles in local, state and federal programs that arose from President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” initiative that he declared in 1964. NASW Social Work Pioneer® Jack Hansan was one of these social workers. Hansan’s close association with area civil rights leaders and elected officials in the early ... Read More »

Coverage for foster youths is extended

By Rena Malai, News staff An estimated 25,000 youths age out of the foster care system every year, and they face a variety of issues when they no longer have that support system. Social workers who specialize in this area say health care is among the main concerns. The Affordable Care Act is helping to alleviate this problem by extending ... Read More »

Social Work Month filled with activities

By Rena Malai, News staff Since its first Social Work Month theme in 1966 — “Support Social Work Education in Your State” — promoting Professional Social Work Month in March has been a priority for NASW. Each year, NASW creates a new theme for the monthlong campaign, with the goal of bringing all social workers together to celebrate and shine ... Read More »