Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Social workers play an integral part in our nation’s health care system, including supporting people during outbreaks such as the coronavirus. Social workers can inform their clients about how to lessen their risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus, while taking precautions to keep themselves safe.

COVID-19 Vaccine ConfidenceConnect to end COVID-19, overlapping speech bubbles, social workers support informed vaccine decision-making

NASW and the NASW Foundation are partnering with the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work in an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The effort will provide training, tools, and information to promote vaccine confidence among social workers and equip social workers to support clients in vaccine decision making.

Learn more and join Connect to End COVID-19


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Persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS often experience a range of health problems, as well as economic, social and environmental barriers that can impact a person’s mental health and psychosocial wellness.

Social workers have the skills, opportunity, and commitment to engage clients in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment utilizing a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach.

Learn more about HIV & AIDS



The 2014 Ebola epidemic was the largest in world history. In response, NASW prepared resources to provide social workers information on the disease and how it is transmitted, along with behavioral health resources on the virus, and accounts and advice from social workers who have worked with people battling Ebola or who helped allay concerns about Ebola in the United States.

Learn more about Ebola