Tag Archives: work

Voting rights march ends with D.C. rally

By Paul R. Pace, News staff In 1965 people gave their lives for the right to vote, said Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the National NAACP. “We need to protect the right to vote in 2015,” Brooks told a cheering crowd outside the nation’s capital on Sept. 16. The event marked a final rally and advocacy day for ... Read More »

Social workers discuss criminal justice reform

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW member Sammy Rangel has cumulatively spent about 16 years in prison throughout his life, mainly for charges related to theft and violence. Rangel, who originally is from Chicago, said he started getting into trouble with the law at age 11. He repeatedly ran away from home, and joined a gang — eventually becoming its ... Read More »

Voice Awards focus on suicide prevention

By Rena Malai, News staff Hollywood’s star shone on social work at the 10th annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Voice Awards, held in August in Los Angeles. The theme this year focused on suicide prevention, and film directors, writers, actors and producers joined social work professionals and educators at the University of California-Los Angeles Royce Hall for ... Read More »

Social workers share benefits of membership

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The power of unity is one reason, social workers say, belonging to NASW is important to them. From developing the NASW Code of Ethics and professional standards for care to advocating for social justice and services for those in need, NASW’s history shows membership matters. This month marks the association’s 60th anniversary. With that ... Read More »

NASW joins Jimmo Implementation Council

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has joined a multidisciplinary group of health care leaders, legal experts and consumer advocates charged with improving access to care for Medicare beneficiaries as a result of the 2013 Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement. The Jimmo Implementation Council, convened by the Center for Medicare Advocacy with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, held ... Read More »

School social workers relevant to student well-being, success

By Rena Malai, News staff A school social worker is generally employed to help students academically and behaviorally, so they can succeed in the classroom and beyond. But the role goes beyond that, as school social workers can wear many hats, said Sharon Dietsche, a senior practice associate at NASW. “A school social worker in this position may help a ... Read More »

NASW takes part in Conference on Aging

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW Social Work Pioneer® Bernie Nash is a nonagenarian who has a long history with the White House Conference on Aging. He was a delegate to the very first conference — held in 1961 — and delivered the opening remarks at the most recent WHCoA in July. “The first (conference) was very exciting; President Eisenhower ... Read More »

Social workers discuss ways to undo racism

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Racism triggers deep emotions in the U.S. It is a word with different meanings for diverse populations. It can bring about shame and avoidance for some and justifiable resentment for others. Can some good happen from the racial tension of today? Social workers with experience in this area believe it can. But they say ... Read More »

Report: LGBT people of color face higher risk of poverty

By Greg Wright, News contributor Poverty rates among people who are LGBT are high, but economic insecurity is even greater for LGBT people of color, according to a report released by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress. NASW is a partner on the report, titled “Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT People of Color.” About ... Read More »

Three social workers make ‘most influential’ list

By Rena Malai, News staff Three social workers — U.S. Sen. Barbara Milkulski, D-Md.; Congressional Social Work Caucus Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. — are included in a book called “Powerful Women: The 25 Most Influential Women in Congress,” which congressional news provider CQ-Roll Call released in May. The book lists the 25 ... Read More »