Chapter Update

Saturday, May 1

From the Pen of the Executive Director

Joel L. Rubin, MSW, CAE
Executive Director

As I write this article, we are finishing up the third week of 2010 Social Work Month. Although there is much to be concerned about regarding our state budget, Social Work Month provides an opportunity to celebrate the work that we do. Chapter President Dennis Crowell and I have been traveling the state and have met countless social workers who are impacting and improving the lives of Illinois citizens. District Awards events ranged from the standard CEU and awards presentation to an awards event that included one of the awardees jamming with his blues band at the Kingston Mines in Chicago. The one common thread in all these awards events is the celebration of what we do as a profession. Other Social Work Month efforts included our Older Adults Shared Interest Group (SIG) presenting at the American Society on Aging’s national conference in Chicago. A complete rundown of Social Work Month events can be found on the Chapter Update section of the website.

Our lead article in this month’s Networker, “Social Work and Public Health: On Common Ground” by Jim Nelson, executive director of Illinois Public Health Association, notes that the professions of social work and public health have much in common. Public health social work practice is an area of practice that has strong historical roots in the social work profession. It uses a research-based epidemiologic approach to identify and address social problems that affect the health status and social functioning of population groups. Public health social work emphasizes interventions that address primary prevention and includes practice at multiple levels including individuals, groups, communities, and populations. Public health social workers have a unique focus on psychosocial factors which impact health. They strive to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and their communities. Public health social workers work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, county health departments, and other agencies that plan and implement programs designed to improve quality of life. In fact, more than twenty social work programs around the country offer joint MSW and Masters of Public Health (MPH) degrees including several with specialties in maternal and child health.

When you receive this current issue of the Networker, the Illinois General Assembly will be in the end of its current session and hopefully dealing in a proactive way in regards to the FY11 state budget. As Phil Milsk notes in his article, Governor Quinn’s FY11 proposed budget released on March 10, 2010, includes unacceptable cuts to human services, health care, and education. The NASW IL Chapter will continually update you on our advocacy efforts and how you can make a difference by being involved in the advocacy process.


Joel L. Rubin, MSW, CAE, has served as executive director of the 7,000 member Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since October 1999. He has over twenty-five years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience including extensive work with boards of directors, committees and volunteers, and advocacy around a wide variety of social work, human service, and international political issues. Joel is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship Leadership Program and a current adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work as well as Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.

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