Social Action

Action Alert from NASW For the Weeks of April 10 and 17, 2017 — Remain Vigilant: Talk to Your Members of Congress about Social Work Priorities

Congress' April District Work Period spans the weeks of April 10 and 17, 2017. Now is the perfect time to talk to your Members of Congress about social work priorities while they are home in their districts.

You can set up a meeting in their district or state office or attend a town hall meeting. You can contact their district or state office to find out what events they have planned during the district work period.

Some key issues you can bring up during the district work period are:

1.     Make sure that the budgets for Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 prioritize programs that serve low-income individuals and families. You can see our statement about President Trump's budget on our social work blog.


NHeLP Protecting Medicaid Policy Briefs

NHeLP, the National Health Law Program offers a good understanding of the programs that protect vulnerable populations and the specific issues that impact them.  Here are five briefs to get you started.  For more information, the NHeLP site is accessible to anyone and contains both policy briefs and webinars. 

Protect Medicaid Funding: Children's Health

Protect Medicaid Funding: Women's Health

Protect Medicaid Funding: Pregnant Women

CARA, the 21st Century Cures Act: More Tools to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Five Facts About the Essential Health Benefits and American Health Care Act


5th National GrandRally: Building a Community Of Hope — May 10th, 2017 in Washington, DC


The 5th National GrandRally: Building a Community of Hope is just over a month away and registration is now open! The GrandRally for grandparents and other relatives raising children will be on May 10 on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C..  It is a wonderful  opportunity to elevate for Members of Congress and the public the critical role relative caregivers play in providing safe, loving, permanent families for children and the policy help they need to effectively support them. It is also energizing for the relative caregivers, who come from across the country, to meet each other and know they are not alone. After the rally at the Capitol, delegations go on to meet with their Senators and Representatives.  We encourage you and others from your communities and states to join in the celebration and help spread the word! If you can’t attend, perhaps you can help support a delegation of caregivers.  Please view the GrandRally’s State Contact page for more information on groups traveling to D.C. from your state.


American Academy of Pediatrics on Supporting Kinship Families:

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Kinship Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a new policy statement on kinship care, Needs of Kinship Care Families and Pediatric Practice,” which cites growing evidence that children who can’t live with their biological parents fare better when living with extended family rather than nonrelated foster parents.  Despite better outcomes, kinship caregivers face significant challenges, especially those where the child is informally placed in their care, including lacking the authority to give legal consent for needed primary care, immunizations and other non-emergency health services. Furthermore, kin caregivers tend to be significantly older, experience more economic distress and have chronic health conditions or disabilities because of their age, which can be compounded by the increased, often unexpected demands of providing care. This policy statement is intended to raise awareness that extra supports are needed to help ensure the well-being of both the child and the caregiver, and recommends guidelines that pediatricians should adopt.


A Letter From Zika Care Connect — New Collaboration Between CDC and March of Dimes: 

We are writing to ask for your assistance in spreading the word about an exciting new program designed to connect women, infants, and families affected by Zika virus to recommended healthcare services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the March of Dimes, is working to establish a specialty provider network, known as Zika Care Connect (ZCC), to provide this service.

Access to healthcare services for pregnant women and infants affected by Zika virus is critical to help ensure they receive the coordinated care they need. Improved access to care can facilitate early identification of developmental delays in infants and children, potentially reduce the long-term effect of Zika on children and families, and give children the best chance to reach their full potential. We are currently working to identify providers to participate in ZCC.

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