Tag Archives: work

NASW helps secure approval for National Academies study

Photo courtesy of BodyMedicalWellness.com.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the National Research Council have approved a proposed consensus study that examines the roles the social work profession and other social needs providers can play in helping improve the nation’s health. NASW has taken a lead role in the group that has been working ... Read More »

History shows importance of social work

Jane Addams, known as “The Mother of Social Work,” 
founded the U.S. Settlement House Movement in Chicago 
in the late 1800s. Addams and other social workers after her
 have led the way in developing social safety net programs

By Maren Dale, News contributor Today, social workers are part of the fabric of our nation, leading the march toward social justice, bringing our nation’s social problems to the public’s attention and serving in nearly every sector. Yet it was not long ago that many of the freedoms and rights Americans have today did not exist — and they would ... Read More »

HEALS program awards yearlong policy fellowship

By Maren Dale, News contributor JaNeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, is the 2016 senior policy fellow through the NASW HEALS (Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars) Policy Fellowship. Cross, an assistant clinical professor of social work from Widener University in Pennsylvania, relocated in August from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., to begin her fellowship. The one-year HEALS program allows Cross to ... Read More »

Climate change, natural disasters affect well-being

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Samantha Teixeira was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work earning her MSW and then her Ph.D., she and a young black man walked up to a high school where the entry door was locked. “He rang the bell, and they wouldn’t let him in,” she said. “He looked at me and ... Read More »

Social workers advocate for disability rights

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Lisa Primm admittedly has a soft spot in her heart for children. As a disability rights social worker, Primm had as a client a young boy with severe diabetes. He received a dog that was trained to be responsive to the sugar levels in his saliva, and would alert his parents at home — even ... Read More »

Member makes a difference for flood victims

Chapman

NASW member Reia Chapman, who runs her own practice in Charlotte, N.C., volunteered with the American Red Cross for its disaster mental health services team in Lafayette, La., helping victims of the region’s historic flooding. “I do a lot of community-based organizing and racial trauma and advocacy work for marginalized groups,” Chapman said of what inspired her to volunteer. “I ... Read More »

Social workers help reduce human trafficking

Panelists at NASW's national conference discuss what actions social workers are taking to address human trafficking.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are taking the lead in efforts to reduce the number of human trafficking victims and help keep young people from falling prey to traffickers.   Members of the NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues, or NCOWI, have been updating NASW’s public and practice policy statement on human trafficking, said Tonya Perry, chairwoman ... Read More »

Economic justice on list of key social work issues

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Social worker Reeta Wolfsohn received a message from a client she had worked with well over a decade ago.   Back then, “she was a college graduate, an expert in working with the deaf,” Wolfsohn said. “The only work she could get was shadowing a high school student. She had no money, no money even ... Read More »

Rural social workers study U.S.-Mexico border

From left, Norma Gonzales, Eva M. Moya, and Elena Dela Vega attend the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work  and Human Services in Rural Areas.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Rural social workers gained insight into the issues impacting people along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, which was held in July. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences Department of Social Work, along with the National ... Read More »

Legislation supports reimbursement for HBAI services

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Most Medicare beneficiaries go without an emotional support system when there is a change in their health status. A provision in the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2173; H.R.3712) aims to fix that problem by allowing clinical social workers across the nation to bill Medicare Part B for health and behavior assessment and ... Read More »