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NAPSW Partners With Little Lungs Campaign to Promote RSV Awareness

On April 21, 2017, NAPSW President JaNeen Cross participated in a RSV Patient Advocacy Ad Board to protect vulnerable infants from RSV. Promoting RSV awareness through the Little Lungs Campaign is identified as one of the next steps towards addressing this disease which is one of the leading causes of infant hospitalizations, and which disproportionately impacts preemies1,2.  The Little Lungs Campaign is about raising awareness of RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, particularly among expecting parents, new parents, and caregivers. Join the community of people helping to protect babies from this serious virus. Watch the video below to learn more about how to protect babies from RSV. Learn more about the campaign at the Little Lungs website and the Little Lungs Facebook page. Visit RSV Hospitalization to learn more about up-to-date key findings on RSV-related hospitalizations of preterm infants. Click here to read the results from the RSV Patient Advocacy Ad Board. 

  

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Zika Care Connect is Launched

Zika Care Connect is Launched!

logoZika Care Connect is dedicated to improving access to clinical services for families affected by Zika in 10 jurisdictions throughout the United States and its territories at high risk for Zika, with the ultimate goal of lessening the effects of Zika on children and families. This important resource is now available to help pregnant women and families find the medical help they need. NAPSW is proud to be listed as a Zika Care Connect partner. 

What’s on the Zika Care Connect website?

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Important! Please Read NAPSW's ACA Repeal and Response Statement

NAPSW ACA Repeal and Response Statement (February 2017)

     National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) is a national professional organization comprised of perinatal social workers. NAPSW is committed to supporting individuals, families, and communities. It is equally devoted to expanding the role of social work in perinatal health. In order to achieve these goals, perinatal social workers rely on the values social justice, integrity, dignity and worth of persons. NAPSW values include social- economic equality and healthcare for all. As the 115th Congress transitions, under the leadership of President Trump, NAPSW will continue to advocate for the needs of individuals and families during the perinatal period. NAPSW will also continue to support the professional interest of perinatal social workers who provide psychosocial support services to families daily. 

     The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improved access to health insurance for many individuals and families. Medicaid expansion, through ACA, extended health insurance coverage for the most economically disadvantaged individuals and families to 33 states. ACA places focus on preventative care, improves access to out-of-network emergency services, and eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions. Healthcare reform, through the initiation of ACA, improves overall health and enhances the quality of our healthcare system. Healthcare reforms under ACA are consistent with social work values and ethics. ACA improves access to health care, supports health insurance for marginalized and oppressed groups, reduces the rate of increase for health costs, and improves patient protections and autonomy. NAPSW supports the direction of healthcare reform under the ACA provisions.

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Video Press Release from NCFIH

From Our Friends at the National Coalition For Infant Health:  Advocacy Video On Why Preemies Need a Human Milk Diet

 

***VIDEO PRESS RELEASE***

Infant Health Group Releases New Video “Why Preemies Need Access to an Exclusive Human Milk Diet” 

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NAPSW Opposes the Repeal of the ACA and Defunding of Planned Parenthood

NAPSW signs onto the ACA Women's Letter and opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and defunding of planned parenthood. Repealing the ACA and defunding Planned Parenthood puts the health, well-being and economic security of women, particularly low-income women and women of color, in dire jeopardy. Other organizations have also signed on to the letter addressed to Senate Leader McConnell, House of Representative Majority Leader Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and House of Representative Minority Leader Pelosi.  Click here to read the  ACA Women's Letter. 

Social Work Organizations Oppose Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Read a joint statement from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) regarding their position opposing repeal of the ACA.  Click here to download and learn more. 

NPA's National Conference on Perinatal Mental Health

National Perinatal Association's 38th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Join our partner organization, the National Perinatal Association, at their interdisciplinary conference on perinatal mental health.  March 9-11, 2017 in Atlanta Georgia.

Click here to download a flyer.  Click here to learn more and register.                         

Advocacy Opportunities

Advocacy Opportunities to Support Perinatal Health

NAPSW would like to present its members and the public with important information about advocacy opportunities that are in line with NAPSW's mission to support positive outcomes for every parent and every baby.

  • Tell Congress: WIC Works!  Sign MomsRising  petition to remind Congress that WIC is a vital program that improves health outcomes for women and kids.  Click here to learn more and sign.
  • Join the Office of Minority Health on Wednesday, February 15, 2-3p ET for a webinar.  Participants will learn how to identify implicit bias in various settings; recognize microaggressions, microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations; they will discuss how implicit bias as a contributing factor to health and healthcare disparitities; and mitigate implicit bias with de-biasing techniques.  Click here to learn more and register. 
  • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Policy has released a document featuring recommendations for the new President and Congress entitles "Steps the New President and Congress Can Take to Improve the Health of Women, Children, and Families,: A 100-Day Policy Agenda. Click here to access this document. 

Support the Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act

Support the Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act (S. 2041, H.R. 5182)

From the Newborn Health Initiative:  Due to a high level of difficulty, as well as the lack of proper incentive for investment, there has not been a new drug approved to improve survival and outcomes in premature infants in over 25 years. It’s time to change that.  

Click here to read more about this important effort.

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NAPSW Partners in the Little Lungs Campaign



March of Dimes Zika Campaign Successful

Zika Funding Update — March of Dimes Campaign for Zika Funding Successful 

On September 28th, both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed legislation providing $1.1 billion in funding to combat Zika virus. President Obama signed it the very next day.  The March of Dimes expresses its gratefulness to the thousands of volunteers and supporters who signed their petition calling for Congressional action on Zika prevention.   Click here to read more and to learn about the #Zapzika Campaign.   

Visit the March of Dimes Action Center to learn about more advocacy opportunities.

Being A NICU Social Worker Never Stops

I want to start this article with a standing round of applause to the Providence, RI planning committee. Awesome conference and if you missed it, next year we will be in Portland, OR. I have attended several of the NAPSW conferences, in years past, and I always leave them feeling in awe of the planning committee’s hard work and have yet to be disappointed. So, really, let’s hear it for all planning committees past and future. Your dedication to this organization is not overlooked.

As social workers, we tend to wear many hats for our families, and at times can be a little protective too. Well, March of this year I acted as an advocate for a family. I hope I educated the physician a little too. Short story is this: Cute young couple has their first child, a boy. I have to say he was a gorgeous child. Shortly after birth, he shows signs of distress and is grunting and this is pointed out to the RN. The neo was consulted and conversations went on back and forth, until finally the decision was made that baby would be observed for a while in the NCIU. Back and forth, from room to NICU, the parents were ok, but just when they got comfortable; baby was either back in their room or back in the NICU.

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NAPSW is Growing!

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It is with much excitement that NAPSW is rolling out its new website and online membership system.  Our new membership system will offer members the opportunity to take full advantage of a private online community in which members can connect with each other to network, share information and form local communities to get support and develop best practices.   We encourage members to take full advantage of everything our new website offers from easy access to past Forum issues, reading the topic specific discussions boards, connecting with others in your practice specialty or to others in your local area.  We are also available to help you take full advantage of this site!  For any questions, please contact us at [email protected].