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On March 17, the Social Work Month and World Social Work Day Resolution, H. RES. 240, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 421 – 0. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter from New Hampshire. Representative Shea-Porter is one of nine social workers in Congress.
NASW has kicked off its annual Social Work Month celebration with an outreach effort aimed at educating prospective and returning college students about the great purpose and countless possibilities of the social work profession.
The conference—titled “The Aging Boom: Is Your Clinical Practice Ready?”—will prepare social work private practitioners to better serve this growing demographic. NASW partnered with the American Society on Aging and National Council on Aging (ASA/NCOA) Aging in America Conference to host the event for approximately 400 professional social workers from across the country.
H.R. 795 calls for a Social Work Reinvestment Commission to provide recommendations and strategies associated with the recruitment, retention, and research in the profession of social work. Specifically, the Commission will analyze how issues such as fair market compensation, educational debt, labor trends, social work research, workplace safety, and state-level licensure contribute to the lack of a sufficient social work workforce.
In a milestone victory for women, NASW applauds the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (S. 181), reversing the Supreme Court decision that limited women and other workers’ ability to sue for wage discrimination. The success of this bill indicates that Congress is ready to move towards the ideal of fairness in pay for women across America.
NASW urges Congress to include provisions in the economic recovery bill that encourage the development of a national interoperable health information infrastructure (HIT), provided it includes comprehensive statutory protections for the privacy and security of consumer health records. NASW supports privacy and security for personal health records as an essential element of HIT legislation, now being prepared for passage.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has released the second edition of "Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders."
NASW and its Texas Chapter have joined a friend-of-the-court brief that addresses probation sanctions issued in the name of protecting fetal health, and a ruling has been issued in a case involving the rights of incarcerated women to access abortion services, in which NASW filed a brief.
Joan K. Parry, a former member of the NASW national Board of Directors, died Jan. 9 at her home La Jolla, Calif. She was 79.
NASW's Political Action for Candidate Election, the political action arm of the association, is in the process of interviewing congressional candidates to determine whether they support NASW's legislative and policy goals, including the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative.