June 2017 eNews

In This Issue:

  1. Conference Registration Now Open
  2. Welcome, Benny Brown, II
  3. NASW-PA Elections: Vote Now
  4. Keystone Awards Nominations
  5. Repeal and Replacement of the ACA
  6. Social Workers Stand Up for Older Adults
  7. Psychologists, Social Workers Offer Support to Tunkhannock Community
  8. NASW Statement: President Trump's Budget

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2017 Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

NASW-PA's 2017 Conference registration is now open! Sign up now and book your hotel room at the beautiful Kalahari Resort in Pocono Mountains, PA. Click HERE to read through the full conference brochure.

This year's conference will offer you the opportunity to receive all 30 of the CEs you need to renew your license, including Act 31, ethics, and the newly required suicide prevention trainings. Our workshops are engaging and relevant to current social work practice. You'll have the chance to learn from our profession's leading minds, including NASW CEO, Angelo McClain, Social Work Pioneer, Mit Joyner, and world-renowned speaker and peace activist, Ken E. Nwadike (Free Hugs Guy).

When you're not in workshops, you can enjoy various social & networking events, amazing food, and passes to America's largest indoor water park! Our annual conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of professional social workers in Pennsylvania, averaging between 300 and 500 attendees. Click here to learn more about this year's conference.

Welcome, Benny Brown, II, MSW, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy!

NASW-PA is very excited to welcome Benny Brown, II, MSW to our staff as Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy. 

Benny will be leading NASW-PA's advocacy efforts, government relations, and all things public policy, as it relates to the social work profession. You will be hearing from Benny with policy updates and advocacy requests.

If you have questions for Benny, or would just like to welcome him to the team, you can contact him at bbrown.naswpa@socialworkers.org

Chapter Elected Positions: Vote Now!

Voting for 2017 elections will be closing on June 30th. As NASW-PA members, we encourage you to exercise your rights to elect our leaders. Those elected will be essential in the process of guiding our chapter, and ultimately, the social work profession in Pennsylvania. Positions that are on this ballot include:

  • Second Vice President of Budget and Finance
  • Secretary
  • Brandywine Division Chair
  • Central Division Chair
  • Eastern Division Chair
  • North Central Division Chair
  • Member at Large
  • MSW Student Representative
  • BSW Student Representative

Click here to learn about the candidates and cast your votes

IMPORTANT: You must log into the NASW-PA website in order to vote. Your log in information is the same as the info you use to sign into www.socialworkers.org (National website). If you don't know your log in info, click the link on the log in screen to reset your password.

Keystone Award Nominations

Nominate a social worker or friend of the social work profession for a NASW-PA Keystone Award! We will be announcing the recipients at this year's Annual Conference Keystone Awards Gala.

Submit your nominations online here
 or email a letter of nomination to Amy Sagen at asagen.naswpa@socialworkers.org by the deadline of August 4th. 

This is a high honor in the social work community. The awards to be given include: 

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Social Worker of the Year
  • Public Citizen of the Year
  • Kristin Bowser Young Social Worker of the Year

Social workers need to be recognized for the tremendous work they do to serve their communities.  Nominate your peers for recognition today!

Repeal and Replacement of the Affordable Care Act in the United States Senate

The Senate is poised to consider health care legislation before the July 4th Congressional Recess, which will repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. Like the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), the Senate version, drafted behind closed doors and released today with minimal time for review, undermines vital protections for Americans, eliminates essential health benefits, increases premiums, cuts Medicaid, and will cause as many as 23 million people to lose coverage. 

It's critical that Senators hear from you! As a social worker and constituent, your voice is powerful. Contact your Senators, today, and urge them to support a new direction that prioritizes the needs of our nation's most vulnerable populations and promotes health security for all Americans. 

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Social Workers Stand Up for Older Adults PSA

The NASW Foundation is offering a series of public service announcements based on true cases of how social workers help clients overcome life’s challenges.

    Click here to watch the public service announcement and share with your colleagues and friends.
    Psychologists, Social Workers Offer Support to Tunkhannock Community

    This article was originally posted on wnep.com - Kara Golden is a member of NASW-PA

    TUNKHANNOCK – At Thursday night's vigil, hundreds of people honored and remembered the lives of Terry Sterling, Victoria Brong and Brian Hayes, who were killed during a shooting inside the Weis Markets on Route 29 near Tunkhannock.

    Licensed clinical social worker Kara Golden was in the crowd, one of several specialists there to support those dealing with all the pain and suffering caused by one man... read more

    NASW Statement: President Trump’s Full Budget Request would “Shred” Nation’s Social Safety Net

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The full fiscal year 2018 budget request released by President Trump would shred this nation’s social safety net, prompting the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to call on Congress to stand up for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and reject it... read more

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