Clinical Practice: June / July 2023

By Paul R. Pace

Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health

Health Professionals Urge Lawmakers to Include Their Voice in Climate Policy

NASW co-sponsored the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health’s Annual Meeting this year, where the theme was “Seize the Moment for Climate Action: Building the Climate and Health Movement.” NASW Senior Practice Associate Carrie Dorn attended the event. She also joined an interprofessional group of health providers in making congressional visits to Maryland representatives.

Attendees heard messages from speakers that the voice from health professionals is essential for climate policy, that health professionals must work closely with frontline communities to ensure dollars from the Inflation Reduction Act flow to the places that would benefit the most, and that health professionals have opportunities for change—whether through agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency or in the legislative process. Highlights include:

  • Visits to more than 60 offices by 53 advocates in support of stronger soot rules by the EPA
  • A press conference with U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Health Care Without Harm, and other partners in support of stronger rules from the EPA for soot, methane, and power plant emissions
  • 25 sponsors who continue supporting the group’s work to grow and diversify the climate movement, foster collective action, and ensure climate policy is grounded in health and equity.

Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Health Social Work

"Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Health Social Work" is available to enhance teaching about health social work. 

This guide was developed as part of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Series, and it is one deliverable of Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS), a multi-faceted grant funded by the New York Community Trust.

Download "Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Health Social Work"

Learn How to Enhance Communication on Aging Issues

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Every communication about aging has the potential to dismantle or perpetuate ageism. A blog post, authored by NASW and the National Center to Reframe Aging, offers tips to enhance communication about aging in social work assessment, advocacy and other outreach. 

Read Enhancing Your Communication About Aging During Social Work Month and Beyond.

NASW Responds to Medicare Proposed Rule

NASW recently responded to a proposed rule addressing changes to Medicare Advantage, the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, and the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2024. 

Read Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, & PACE to learn how NASW advocated for Medicare beneficiaries and social workers in its comments to CMS.

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