It’s #APM18! #MacroSW Chat from the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting

This week’s #MacrosW chat will focus on the annual conference of social work educators….what a coincidence, that’s this week! #APM18

Join #MacroSW partners Stephen Cummings @spcummings and @UBSSW /Pat Shelly for this week’s chat from Orlando, Florida, at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting. We’ll be discussing this year’s theme of “Expanding Interprofessional Education to Achieve Social Justice,” and invite you to participate!

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9 PM EST, 8 PM CST, 6 PM PST

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Q1 What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Q2 How can social workers use IPE to achieve social justice outcomes?

Q3 If you are at #APM18 (hello!), what are some sessions you are excited about (and yes, you should include your own presentations)?

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Beyond the Midterms: Staying Focused and Choosing Hope

Regardless of the outcome, we keep moving forward.

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Social Workers and allies of all professions have been working on all fronts to resist injustice and encourage massive voter turnout for the midterm elections.  November 6, 2018, is fast approaching and collectively, as social workers, we have been “all in” doing what we do best- advocating for systemic change.  Whether or not this country experiences a “Blue Wave”, the next morning- November 7, 2018, will arrive.  What then, and what comes next?  What can we do to help ourselves sustain our energy, commitment and focus until the next election? If we find ourselves disappointed by the midterm’s election results, what are ways we can avoid the crushing disappointment and immense feelings of the letdown that occurred following the election results of 2016? If we are elated, how can we sustain energy over time? This week’s chat will help us prepare ourselves what lies ahead. As social workers,  How can…

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#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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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

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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

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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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#MacroSW 9/27/18: Social Work Voter Mobilization

By Rachel L. West

The midterm election is just a month away. Join us this Thursday (September 27th) at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST for a very timely chat on social work voter mobilizations. I will be hosting the chat (@poliSW). Terry Mizrahi, MSW, Ph.D. (@tmizrahi21141) will be our guest expert.

Terry is Co-Chair of the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign. She is a
Professor and Chair of Community Organizing, Planning, and Development track at Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York. Terry holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise include Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Coalition Building, Community Organizing, Social Work and Health Care Policy, Social Work and Activism, Gender and Feminist Organizing, Physician Socialization and Career Development. Additionally. She has co-authored a number of books and articles including

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#MacroSW for 9/20/2018: Social work in these trying times.

Tonight on Twitter, #MacroSW will discuss social work in these trying times.

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As social workers, we know all too well the demands of our daily work.  We also know the importance of keeping ourselves informed of our world, from the local community to national and global events and conflicts. Factor in the rapid flow of information, where the news cycle is compressed ever more tightly, and we find ourselves working with multiple levels constantly, from micro-systems to macro-level policy.

In these trying times, it feels as if we need to be engaged multiple times a day at all levels.  For example, a social worker may be addressing multiple emergent needs at an agency (putting out fires) while providing expert testimony to a state legislator, while following the latest federal policy initiative announced this morning (one that could have a detrimental effect in the long-term if a campaign to respond isn’t started right away).

#Selfcare is important. Perhaps the framing here is different…

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#MacroSW Chat for 9/13/18: Social Work and Building Tech Futures for Black Students, with Guest Expert @SistahWilson

I’ll be facilitating this week’s #MacroSW chat on Thursday.

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This week’s chat will feature Fallon Wilson, Ph.D. To prepare, please read the article below and consider these discussion questions:

  1. What are your dreams for black students in social work?
  2. Do you think social work and technology can help solve the STEM racial disparities for black students?
  3. Should we build tech pathways for black students through the profession of social work?
  4. Are schools of social work training students to understand how technology is shaping social inequalities (e.g. Racism, Poverty, etc)?
  5. What must change within the discipline and profession of Social Work to make this a reality for all students including black students?
  6. Should we teach courses about govtech and civic tech in social work schools?

The following article originally appeared on Medium.

On Changing Winds: Social Work & Building Tech Futures for Black Students

Fallon Wilson, Ph.D.

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the…

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Navigating Systems: Homelessness 9/6/18

The first #MacroSW chat is this Thursday.

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For the September 6th Twitter chat, we will be talking about homelessness.

Homelessness has existed in societies in the U.S. and abroad for centuries. In the U.S., however, the size and scope of homelessness over the last 30-40 years is unprecedented. On a single night in January of 2017, more than 500,000 people were experiencing homelessness. In fact, in 2017, homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, driven primarily by increases in large city centers.

Following are some key statistics about homelessness in the U.S. according to the 2017 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress:

  • Most people (65%) were staying in a shelter or transitional living setting while the rest were living unsheltered, such as sleeping on streets, in parks, and in cars.
  • One-third (33%) of people experiencing homelessness did so as part of a family, and roughly one-fifth (21%) of people experiencing homelessness were children under the…

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