#MacroSW Chat 10/18/2018: Recognizing the Power of the Disability Vote

This week’s #MacroSW chat is timely, to say the least.

Lavender background with a wheelchair icon on the left and a circle with "vote" written in the middle on the right. In the middle is the following text: Recognizing the Power of the Disability Vote. @VilissaThompson with Guest Expert Sarah Blahovec @Sblahov. At the bottom is the #MacoSW logo, with 10/18/2018 and 9pm Eastern and the Twitter logo

As the mid-election season winds down, we must remember that every voice matters.

When we discuss politics, a key demographic is overlooked: the voices and voting power of disabled people. The disabled community is the largest minority group in the country, with 61 million adults living with a disability. With the power in numbers, it is telling and upsetting how ignored this key voting bloc is during election season.

For this #MacroSW Twitter chat, we will discuss the importance of getting the disabled vote on the minds of candidates, the barriers to voting, why disability rights is a part of the political conversation, and ways we can support disabled candidates running for office.  It is important for social workers across fields to advocate for and support disabled candidates, our issues, and how we act as better practitioners and accomplices/co-conspirators to this marginalized group.

Sarah Blahovec (@Sblahov) is our…

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Updated fact sheet on separated children and the welfare system.

The Center on Children and the Law, Women’s Refugee Commission, and the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare put together this FAQ on the status of separated children caught in the immigration process. I’m providing it here for reference. #MacroSW participants may know that I moderated a Twitter chat on this topic back in June.

The latest FAQ is here:

Separated-Children-and-Adoption-Concerns-Fact-Sheet-FINAL-FINAL-7-29-18.

 

 

Medicare Open Enrollment: Programmatic and Policy Concerns. October 11, 2018 #MacroSW Chat

This chat is tonight, and close to my professional heart (as a former hospital social worker.)

by Pat Shelly @UBSSW

Image of "Medicare Health Insurance" over image of a maze.

The annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare is from October 15 – December 7.
It is important for all social workers to be aware of the basics of Medicare coverage and current program changes and policy concerns.

We are pleased to have Louanne Bakk, PhD, MSW,   @BakkLouanne  the Director of the DSW Program and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work as the guest expert for this chat. Her past work as Director of Access and Aging Benefits at an agency  in Michigan influenced her current research in healthcare access disparities and older adults.

Learn about the Medicare basics, Open Enrollment, associated costs, policy issues, and how to help beneficiaries pick the best plan.

chart: Gateway Health Plan

chart of part a services costs co-payservices costs co-pay for part B

Charts: Medicare Part A and Part B from Louanne Bakk / University at Buffalo

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the 4 parts of Medicare?…

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We Support the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign!

I’m sharing this from the MacroSW.com site.

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#MacroSW is proud to be a supporter of the Voting Is Social Work Campaign!

https://votingissocialwork.org/

Sign the pledge!

Voter engagement is imperative for every social worker in order to advance voter registration and education.

From the campaign website:

  • Nonpartisan voter engagement is legal, ethical and professional, and central to social work values and mission.
  • Communities with high voter turnout report greater well-being, and more resources and attention from elected officials.
  • Voting gives people and communities the power to voice their opinion and effect social change.

See our blog post about the #MacroSW chat on the campaign with Terry Mizrahi and all the participants. or the resulting chat transcript from Sept. 27th.

Read this article in The New Social Worker that gives details about the campaign as well as action steps for social work students: Voting is Social Work: Voter Empowerment and the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign

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#MacroSW 10/4 at 9pm EST with NASW: The Color of Youth Transfer: Policy and Practice Recommendations

The National Association of Social Workers will be joining us for this week’s chat. Thanks to Karen Zgoda, who is planning and hosting this one!

img_9076We are partnering with NASW for this week’s #MacroSW chat. NASW and the Campaign for Youth Justice just released a report on the troubling news that black youth continue to be referred to adult courts and jails at a far higher rate than white youth.

Read the report here:

Here are highlights of this report from the press release:

Juvenile arrest rates have fallen sharply in recent years, but black youth are disproportionately sent to adult court by judges at some of the highest percentages seen in 30 years, according to a joint report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The new report, The Color of Youth Transfer: Policy and Practice Recommendations, discusses how the egregious practice of prosecuting and incarcerating black youth as adults, which is rooted in our nation’s past and ongoing racism, has had a devastating…

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