Adrienne Belt has been a conduit between patients and their loved ones from the moment they walk into the hospital until they are discharged.
Thrive in the 05 program creates helpline, care boxes for vulnerable population
Signs made by prisoners pleading for help are seen on a window of Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 2020, amid the spread of Covid-19.
Find out about a range of activities to explore the past, present and future of social work from 1920 to the present day.
Working in the gig economy is risky at the best of times. If you fall off your bike, crash your car, or get sick, you’re on your own. Your income stream is cut off exactly when you need it most. Covid-19 has only amplified these risks for gig workers – many of whom found themselves on the frontlines of this crisis.
COVID-19 will not only have a disparate impact on historically under-resourced and marginalized communities, but also carries the risk of deepening pre-existing racial inequities in health care access, treatment, and social service delivery.
It may be a generational thing, or my own intractable Luddism, but video-chats just don’t do it for me; they seem stagy and artificial. Besides, who wants to look at oneself bobbing up on a screen that much. Above: Bette Davis in a scene from All About Eve, 1950
Kate earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
“Choking off Social Security’s funding stream is an existential threat to seniors’ earned benefits.”
— Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
He graduated from California State University at Los Angeles with a degree in social work and worked at projects aimed at strengthening Latino families.
Right there in the ghetto, surrounded by drive-by shootings and drug deals was her garden. Those same neighbors who criticized her efforts came over to ask her for some of the fruits and vegetables she’d grown. My mother was proud to share. Despite how poor our family was, she would not allow poverty to define us. By refusing to allow the walls of hell to close in on her, my mother created her own paradise.
This right to health extends to all people, including people who are incarcerated. The United States is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which mandates that “[a]ll persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.”
There are two pieces of legislation that support whistle-blowers from detrimental treatment by their employer, namely the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and the Protected Disclosure Act 2012.
A child protection social worker who wished to remain anonymous said the lockdown is very challenging for families, as well as social workers. The social worker, who is a member of the Irish Association of Social Workers, said they had to adapt quickly.
Isolation stress is also a factor contributing to increase in drinking.
Maya Alexandri on Dealing with Covid-19 as an EMT
A new analysis of financial disclosure documents found that Republican and Democratic members of Congress made nearly 1,500 stock transactions worth up to $158 million between February and April as the coronavirus spread across the U.S., heightening suspicions that elected officials in charge of the federal response to the pandemic have opportunistically cashed in on it.
Laurie Garrett (above) said: “what America needs most right now… isn’t this drumbeat of testing, testing, testing, because there will never be enough superfast, super-reliable tests to determine on the spot who can safely enter a crowded workplace or venue, which is the scenario that some people seem to have in mind. America needs good information, from many rigorously designed studies, about the prevalence and deadliness of coronavirus infections in given subsets of people, so that governors and mayors can develop rules for social distancing and reopening that are sensible, sustainable and tailored to the situation at hand.”
Aside from Trump’s suggestion, disinfectant was never intended as a treatment and so this may be a particularly extreme example. However, Trump’s ill-founded comments are a timely reminder that any treatment – from the most unusual to those that are widely used – may be harmful.
Coalition of charities calls for a ‘Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme’ to help protect low-income households.
“Two images recur throughout [my] work,” wrote Moira Dryer in 1991, “those of loss and desire.” How, I keep wondering, can those two things be images? Above: Moira Dryer: Suburbia, 1989
Dr. Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, Professor of Social Work at Bethel College, was named a Newton Area Woman of the Year for 2020.
At the Augusta Family Planning clinic in Maine, patients can receive no-test abortions without interacting with others, by picking up a paper bag containing the abortion drugs and other necessary materials, detailed instructions and a 24/7 phone number.
Members of the community wait in line for meals to be distributed at the Bronx Draft House on April 23, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Decisions made to ensure that Scotland recovers from Covid-19 must be human rights-based, a new report has recommended
There is no universal politics of climate change
According to a survey by UNAids, in 2016 India had 657,800 sex workers, though the true number is likely to be much higher. Most of their clients earn daily wages and, as millions of people have become unemployed, this clientele has disappeared overnight.
The right response to COVID-19 is to rebuild our economy from the ground up, putting people to work in a massive jobs program to secure the public health of all.
Drs. Dora Raymaker (left) and Christina Nicolaidis edit the new journal Autism in Adulthood.
Jevon Wilkes, Executive Director of California Coalition for Youth.
Immigrant agricultural workers, who have their own improvised face masks but otherwise work in the fields without other protection from the coronavirus, Oxnard, California
It’s crucial to understand that these experiences are not instances of trauma. They do, however, illustrate the circumstances that, with remarkable frequency, accompany another phenomenon called prolonged child abuse (PCA) trauma: growing up in a household where many of the most fundamental conditions needed for adaptive child development are sorely lacking.
Hornstull in Stockholm on April 21.
People in the UK are drinking differently as a result of coronavirus. But our research shows that we aren’t all responding in the same way. Changes in drinking habits are happening in two directions.
The people we love are not just characters, but also creators, of our shared story. To love each other better, we should respect this. The world is unlikely to furnish us with a perfectly matched storyteller, but love won’t flourish if each of us is trying to tell a different story. Above: Room in New York (1932) by Edward Hopper.
Hialeah, Florida, city employees hand out paper unemployment insurance applications because of issues with the state’s online system
Rosalie was a professor of social work and public health for more than 45 years and spent more than three decades at the University of Minnesota where she worked up until the time of her death. She was an unapologetic feminist and progressive political activist.
There’s a reason video apps make you feel awkward and unfulfilled.
The researchers evaluated Families Talking Together (FTT), a triadic intervention developed by Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos (above) and colleagues designed to reduce adolescent sexual risk behavior and address persistent disparities in unplanned teen pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS.
Five years ago, the Minneapolis police department was under intense pressure in the wake of both the national crisis of police killings of unarmed black men and its own local history of unnecessary police violence. In response, the department’s leaders undertook a series of reforms proposed by the Obama administration’s justice department and procedural reform advocates in academia. . . . None of it worked.
The long-term care industry resisted a federal mandate to plan for disasters including pandemics. About 43% of nursing homes have been caught violating the requirement, including facilities that have now had deadly COVID-19 outbreaks. Above: A resident at the Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington on March 16. The home became one of the first reported outbreaks of the virus in the United States.
Wearing masks, it turns out, is not manly, when the definition of manly is not having to do fuck-all out of concern for others.
Researchers found that an inhibited temperament in infancy predicts a reserved, introverted personality as an adult.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said the Department for International Development’s (DfID) 12-year gender equality strategy was wide-ranging, but did not have a long-term, costed, implementation plan, limiting “its ability to assess progress and consider value for money”. Above: Girls in Nepal girls march in support of their rights under the ‘One community, one family’ project, part of DfID’s ‘What works to prevent violence’ programme.
Brooke Allemang passionate about helping patients become proactive partners in their own health care
My thinking was rearranged first by a class I taught by Zoom for the New School for Social Research on time and psychoanalysis, and then by working at the hospital as a psychotherapist in palliative care and with families of loved ones who were sick or dying, acting as a buffer, when possible, between the nurses and doctors and all this anxious familial communication. Above: Detail from Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s Portrait of Dr. Washington Epps, My Doctor, 1885
More than a dozen states have recently submitted 1115 waiver applications that have the potential to safeguard access to care and increase support for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Phi Alpha Nu Sigma 2019-2020.
We may feel individually powerless to contribute to social transformation. But each of us bears responsibility for helping to create a more just world.