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Thursday, October 12th, 2017 @ 9:03AM

Democracy Hangs in the Balance as Supreme Court Deliberates

In what may be its biggest decision since Bush v Gore, for all intents and purposes, handed the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, the United States Supreme Court is deliberating Gill v. Whitford, deciding the constitutionality of Wisconsin legislative district lines drawn by the Republican majority in 2010…

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 @ 11:56AM

Social Work, Civic Engagement and the 12 Grand Challenges

Social work researchers gathered in New Orleans last week for the 21st annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) bracing for the impending presidency of Donald J. Trump and mindful that his administration will bring challenges for the profession and many of the vulnerable citizens we…

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Monday, October 3rd, 2016 @ 7:50AM

Restoring Economic Vitality to the Middle Class

The White House and many economists celebrated recent good news from the U.S. Census that real median household income increased significantly by 5.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. It was the fastest growth on record and much of the growth was experienced by low- and middle-income households. That good news…

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 @ 9:21AM

Voting Is Social Work

Today, Tuesday, September 27 is National Voter Registration Day and social workers are joining celebrities, volunteers and civic-minded Americans across the country in various efforts to encourage citizens to register and exercise their right to vote. As the November 8 presidential election approaches, so are deadlines for registration. Most states…

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Monday, September 19th, 2016 @ 7:31AM

12 Grand Challenges Gain Momentum at Brown School Forum

The 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work as envisioned by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) has galvanized a significant number of social workers—not all, but mostly academics—around the notion that sustained focus on key issues relevant to creating and maintaining a just society for all…

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Monday, January 25th, 2016 @ 10:27AM

CMS to Invest $157 million in Social Work

Can social workers’ knowledge of health-related issues be useful in achieving better health outcomes?  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) thinks so and will provide up to $157 million in funding to 44 bridge organizations over a five-year period to determine how effective these organizations are in connecting…

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