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May 2005 - Social Work Congress Update

Chapter President Sue Razbadouski and I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC for the Social Work Congress. Approximately 400 social work leaders from around the country participated, including 10 representatives from Illinois. The day prior to the meeting, several of the Illinois participants met with members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to discuss issues related to Medicaid funding and the Social Security reform. The

Social Work Congress was an exciting and challenging meeting where we succeeded in adopting imperatives for an action agenda for the next decade. Please take the time to review the imperatives below. They are the “map” that will be used to advance the social work profession in the next decade. Strategy Teams, composed of Social Work Congress participants, will be meeting to identify action plans to advance each of the imperatives. If you have suggestions regarding the imperatives, please call me at 877.9NASWIL, ext. 110 or e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The formal launch of the National Social Work Public Education

 • Assure excellence in aging knowledge, skills, and competencies at all levels of social work education, practice, and research.

• Participate in politics and policy where major decisions are being made about behavioral health.

• Assure qualified social work labor force to serve children.

• Take the lead in advocating for quality universal healthcare.

• Elevate the public’s awareness of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of social work practice in healthcare.

• Address the impact of racism, other forms of oppression, social injustice, and other human rights violations through social work education and practice.

• Increase the value proposition of social work by raising standards and increasing academic rigor of social work education programs.

Adopted at Social Work Congress 2005, March 18, 2005

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• Mobilize the social work profession to actively engage in politics, policy, and social action, emphasizing the strategic use of power.

• Continuously acknowledge, recognize, confront, and address pervasive racism within social work practice at the individual, agency, and institutional levels.

• Strengthen social work’s ability to influence the corporate and political landscape at the federal, state, and local levels.

• Promote culturally competent social work interventions and research methodologies in the areas of social justice, well-being, and cost-benefit outcomes.

• Connect research and practice through partnerships among researchers, the field, and communities. Campaign also took place at the Congress and was a feature at the March 17th NASW 50th Anniversary Gala held at the International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The evening also saw the unveiling of the new consumer website www.helpstartshere.org, a website designed to tell the social work story and provide information about the profession to the general public. We ask all of you to go to the website and go onto the home page using the password – I can help. If you have suggestions or comments regarding the site, please once again, give me a call. If you are or know an expert in one of the areas targeted on the website, please contact the National office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). They will appreciate hearing from you as 35 new topics will be added to the site over the next six months.

 Illinois Social Work Congress participants included Susan Razbadouski, Illinois Chapter President, Diana Stroud, Region IX Representative, National Board of Directors, Robyn Golden, Director of Older Adult Programs, Rush University Medical Center, Kenneth Millar, Dean, George Williams College of Health and Human Services, Mizanur Miah, Director, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University, Jeanne Walsh, Acting Dean and George Hebert Jones Professor, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Randy Fisher, Executive Director, School of Social Work Association, Wynne Korr, Dean, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, Major Richard Vander Weele, Social Services Secretary, The Salvation Army – Central Territory, Jason Mask, Program Director, Hines VA Hospital, Adelle Sanders, BSW Program Director, Governors State University and Joel L. Rubin, Illinois Chapter Executive Director.


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