Social Action

From Our Friends at NASW    




Every day social workers across this country provide a wide range of services in increasingly complex environments. Yet, the importance of social work safety is often overlooked.  In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's most recently published "Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers," 70-74 percent of workplace assaults occurred in the fields of health care and social services.

The bipartisan Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484) was introduced to address these safety needs by:

  • Establishing a Social Worker Safety Grant Program within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund State's efforts to improve safety measures for social workers.
  • Allowing these grants to be used to purchase safety equipment, make facility improvements, facilitate safety training programs, provide support services for social workers who have been victims of violence, or track incident data to mitigate future offenses against social workers. 

Through this legislation, social workers, who have consistently been the frontline workers especially in times of crisis, will have the resources available for on-the-job safety measures that can protect against and help decrease incidence of violence to those in the social work profession.

 Action Requested

Ask your Representative to become a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484).

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From Our Friends at the National Coalition For Infant Health (NCFIH), an Advocacy Video on Why Preemies Need Human Milk:



March 16, 2017


CONTACT: Susan Hepworth



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


WASHINGTON – Today the National Coalition for Infant Health released a new web video, “Why Preemies Need Access to an Exclusive Human Milk Diet.” The video explains how a diet of only human milk and human milk-derived products helps preemies by boosting their immune systems, reducing respiratory complicationsand preventing GI infections. It also outlines the barriers that preemies and their mothers face in accessing an exclusive human milk diet.


NAPSW signs on to ACA Women's Letter opposing the repeal of ACA and the 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. 


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. 
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