Ethnicity & Race Practice Tools

Domestic Violence: The NASW Comprehensive Overview

Rita Webb, ACSW, DCSW

Jan 16, 2015

Social workers are at the forefront in preventing domestic violence and treating victims of domestic violence. NASW's domestic violence toolkit is an aggregate of work that reflects the Association's commitment for social workers to address domestic violence.

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Practice Perspectives - Multiculturalism: Implications For Culturally Competent Social Work Practice

Rita Webb, ACSW, DCSW

Aug 01, 2014

In the United States, there has been a continued population demographic shift, with an increase of people of color from diverse cultures and ethnic identities. Many of these families who seek social services are poor, immigrants, or survivors of generations of racism and discrimination. For many social workers, this change in demographics can mean increased exposure to the complexities and richness of diverse experiences and needs which are reflected in caseloads, communities, and work places.

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Practice Perspectives - Advancing Health Equality Through The National Culturally And Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards

Rita Webb, ACSW, DCSW

Sep 12, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS, OMH) recently released the new and improved National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS Standards). The 2013 CLAS Standards are an all-inclusive appraisal of the 2000 CLAS Standards, include a comprehensive review by federal and nonfederal expert partners, and provide a framework to advance health equity. The standards reflect the 13-year evolution in cultural and linguistic competency, the demographic shift of the U.S. population, and address race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and language factors in support of effective health care (HHS, OMH, 2013b).

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Practice Perspectives - Organizational Integration Of Cultural Competency: Building Organizational Capacity To Improve Service Delivery To Culturally Diverse Populations

Rita Webb, ACSW, DCSW

Aug 01, 2012

In 2001, NASW published the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, a widely used resource by practicing social workers in their work with increasingly diverse ethnic and racial client populations. The standards clarify that cultural competence not only addresses the traditional areas of race and ethnicity, but also includes socioeconomic and cultural differences of class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and religious beliefs. To complement these standards, in 2007, NASW published Indicators for the Achievement of the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice. This document provides additional guidance and interpretation for the sustainability, advancement, and implementation of culturally competent social work practice in organizations, agencies, and the communities.

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Practice Perspectives - Domestic Violence And Women Of Color: Complex Dynamics

Rita Webb, ACSW, DCSW

Feb 01, 2012

Violence and abuse have profound costs for all communities. Yet, for communities of color, the preponderance of violence can be linked to a host of outcomes that have both immediate and long term implications. Though domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence (IPV), is not limited to any one socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, or religious group, the burden of exposure for racial minorities to domestic violence is reported to be significantly high. The findings indicate that minority women experience higher rates of domestic violence then their white counterparts.

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Diversity Practice Update - Social Workers: A Bridge To Language Access Services

Rita Webb, ACSW, DCSW

Jun 01, 2010

The importance of assuring the people with limited English proficiency have access to health care and other services has long been supported. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination based on race, color, or national origin by any organization that receives federal financial funding.

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