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2019 State of #MacroSW

Hey everyone! I’m back from winter break, and so is #MacroSW, the project of which I am a partner. I’ll be updating my blog here this spring, and I’ll also continue to cross-post from the MacroSW.com site.

By Rachel L. West

2018 was a big year for #MacroSW and we have an even bigger plan for 2019. We held 39 chat last year. On average 61 individuals participated in the chats (up  63.07% from 2017) with chats averaging 1,735,743 impressions (a 76.21% increase).

In November #MacroSW became a Benefit Corporation in New York State. This will enable us to seek out funding to support #MacroSW’s growth. It was a deliberate process that leads to discussions about #MacroSW’s immediate and long term future. Which brings us to 2019.

Chats start back up the week of January 27th. The Lunch & Learn chats, launched last October, returns on Tuesday, January 29th at 12:00 PM EST. It will be hosted by #MacroSW  Partner Sunya Folayan. Sunya will be leading a discussion on the Advantages of Home-based Business for Macro Social Workers.

The weekly Thursday night chats return January 31st at…

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#MacroSW Thoughts on a Macro Focused DSW Program With Chris Petr

This is the last #MacroSW chat of the year.

Join us Thursday November 29th for the last #MacroSW Twitter chat of 2018. Chris Petr, Ph.D from the University of Kansas will be our guest expert. He has served as the Director of UK’s PhD program at the School of Social Welfare. His practice areas include Policy and practice issues in child mental health and child welfare; family-centered practice; professional-consumer relationship. He is currently gathering information on a possible DSW program with a focus on teaching macro practice. This brings us to out chat topic for Thursday night.

 

What are your thoughts on a DSW Program that focuses on teaching macro practice?

 

Questions:

 

Q1: Do you think there would be a demand for this program?  (We would probably need to enroll 15 per cohort.)

Q2: If yes, would there be more demand for a focus on teaching, or advanced practice, or both?

Q3: If no, what changes…

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New publication: online support for adjunct instructors.

I co-authored an article with Professor Julia Kleinschmit, my colleague at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. We discuss the online hub we built to support our adjunct instructors across multiple centers. The article was published in the journal Professional Development: The International Journal of Social Work Education. Follow the link here: Meet me… Continue reading New publication: online support for adjunct instructors.

Defend ICWA for Native American Heritage Month: #MacroSW 11-15-18 at 9pm EST

This week I’ll be joining the #MacroSW chat. See you on Thursday!

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On October 4th, a federal judge declared the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional, claiming that it illegally gives Native American families preferential treatment in adoption proceedings for Native American children based on race, in violation of the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection guarantee.

ICWA was created to protect against the separation of American Indian children from their families and tribes by state-run child welfare systems. ICWA serves to lessen the trauma of removal by promoting placement with family and community and has been called a gold-standard in child welfare practice.

In Brackeen v. Zinke, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in favor of Texas, Indiana and Louisiana – and several foster and adoptive couples, declaring that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was a race-based law. Brackeen v. Zinke originated in the adoption of a two-year old Cherokee and Navajo boy by a white couple, the Brackeens, in Northern…

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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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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.… Continue reading Updated fact sheet on separated children and the welfare system.

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.

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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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