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NASW and the NASW Foundation are partnering with the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT) at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded initiative—Connect to End COVID-19—to support social workers and their clients in informed vaccine decision-making. The initiative began in July 2021 and will conclude September 29, 2024.

To more broadly engage the professional social work community in this important initiative, the NASW Foundation is inviting NASW Specialty Practice Section (SPS) members to apply to become Ambassadors and receive a stipend for their work. In 2023, approximately 23 Ambassadors deployed communications to their audiences. In 2024, approximately 15 Ambassadors will participate.

Ambassadors Role

Ambassadors play a vital role in promoting vaccine confidence and uptake and reinforcing the messages of Connect to End COVID-19. They can choose to undertake the following activities:

  • Develop and deliver a presentation at an event with more than 50 practicing social workers in attendance; or,
  • Develop and publish a blog post or article in a publication read by practicing social workers and develop and deploy five (5) social media messages on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

The presentations, blog posts, articles, and social media messages amplify and align with Connect to End COVID-19 messaging. A sampling of their work is included below.

Ambassadors Communications 2023

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This project and website are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $3.3 million with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.