Support the Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act
The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA), of which NASW is a member, worked with Representatives Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Doris Matsui (D-CA), and David B. McKinley (R-WV) to introduce the bill. In late January NASW sent a
letter of support to the original bill sponsors. Use NASW’s advocacy alertto urge your Congressional representative to support H.R. 3713 today.
Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act (H.R. 3713) establishes formal funding for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), the only federally funded program to enhance workforce capacity in aging. H.R. 3713 also reestablishes the Geriatric Academic Career Awards (GACA) program, a previously funded program for developing academic clinical educators specializing in aging. All social work practitioners and students are eligible for training through GWEP (available at 44 sites in 29 states), and clinical social workers are eligible for GACA.
Fellowship opportunity in aging and health policy
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program invites social workers to apply for the 2018–2019 program year. The program, which is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation and is not affiliated with NASW, equips professionals to influence the development and implementation of health policies that affect older adults. Interested individuals may apply to do a residential option (consisting of nine to 12 months in Washington, D.C. or at a state agency) or to do a one-year nonresidential option in their current organizations. Informational calls for potential applicants will be held biweekly through March 26; applications are due by April 15, 2018.
Aging conference discount available to NASW members
The American Society on Aging (ASA) offers NASW members a 10 percent discount on registration for its 2018
Aging in America conference, which will take place in San Francisco on March 26 - 29, 2018. This multidisciplinary conference of nearly 3,000 professionals focuses on innovative models, practices, programs, policies, technologies, and education in aging. Participants may earn up to 20 CE credits, approved by NASW (NASW CE approval recognized by more than 38 licensure boards), at no additional charge beyond conference registration. NASW members may obtain the 10% NASW discount by using the code NASW10 when registering. This code will be valid throughout the conference registration dates.
Public service announcement reframes elder abuse as a social justice issue
brief video, developed by the FrameWorks Institute and the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to communicate feasible systemic solutions to preventing and addressing elder abuse. The video is based on the FrameWorks Institute’s reframing elder abuse research and recommendations.
NASW provided input on the reframing elder abuse strategy as a member of the Reframing Elder Abuse Committee; the association also serves on the NCEA Advisory Board. An in-depth exploration of the reframing elder abuse strategy and application will be the focus of a preconference workshop at the
2018 NASW National Conference.
The reframing elder abuse work undertaken by the FrameWorks Institute is a project sponsored by the Archstone Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and Grantmakers in Aging, and in partnership with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.