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Monday, April 17th, 2017 @ 10:41AM

It’s Time We Get More Social Workers Elected

During her remarks during our recent Social Work Day on the Hill reception, George Warren Brown School of Social Work Dean Mary McKay stated that the Congress would be more effective if 20 percent of its Members were social workers. Her comments were greeted with a rousing ovation and later…

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Monday, February 20th, 2017 @ 9:39AM

The Enemy Within

Much of the noise coming out of the nation’s capital over the course of Donald J. Trump’s nascent presidency has to do with protecting the country from external enemies who want to lethally harm our citizens. One of the first executive orders issued by Mr. Trump was the ban on…

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Monday, February 13th, 2017 @ 8:52AM

12 Grand Challenges for Social Work is Evolving into Something Very Special

As a newly-minted member of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee, one may suspect my assessment of this ambitious initiative may not be objective. However, I welcomed the opportunity to serve on the GCEC because of my growing appreciation of its potential. I will admit my initial thoughts about the 12…

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 @ 8:38AM

Social Work Must Keep a Sharp Eye on Healthcare Policy

The timeliness of the social work health convening next week by the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) could not be more propitious as many Americans nervously prepare themselves for the incoming Donald Trump administration. At the top of the incoming administration’s policy agenda is the repeal and replacement of…

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Monday, November 28th, 2016 @ 9:25AM

Restoring Faith in Our Democracy

Social work is the profession that best promotes hope. We work to provide hope to distressed people throughout the world. Where there is disaster, trauma, and chaos, you will usually find a social worker lending a hand, saying the right things as we are trained to do, and always providing…

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Monday, November 7th, 2016 @ 10:16AM

Ideology Gives Way to Class Struggle

This may be the final presidential election where ideology holds center stage. The left-right characterization of our political struggle where conservatives want to take us back to a time when America was great because of rugged individualism—Make America Great Again—collides with progressives’ reliance on community and working together—Stronger Together—will, in…

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