Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NASW Launches New Social Work Policy Initiative

I can't believe I missed this important news last month. The National Association of Social Workers filled a major void in policy and research by launching the new Social Work Policy Initiative. The center will focus on these issues:
The institute will look at current issues such as health care reform, health care disparities and the relevance of the global economy to the social work profession, as well as issues relating to evidence-informed practices. It will also generate ideas or issues that come through the NASW Foundation.

The institute will examine issues that relate to the work of social workers, including how to serve people who have multiple or complex needs, as well as how change takes place in public agencies and other structures through which health and human services are delivered.

Additionally, the institute will determine how research findings get into policy, and will work to better position and strengthen the profession.

The institute will help create Web resources that will address frequently asked questions, such as social work effectiveness.

Joan Levy Zlotnik will lead the new Social Work Policy Institute.

As a macro practice MSW student, this is a major breakthrough. Social workers with strong interests in social policy and evidence-based practice research now have a supportive and vocal presence within the NASW Foundation. The social work field has realized that it must become more proactive to improve its image and gain legitimacy.

You can find more information about the comparative effectiveness research symposium here.

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