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A February story on NASW's gerontology initiative incorrectly attributed the 2001 report "A Blueprint for the New Millennium." The report was produced by Strengthening Aging and Gerontology Education for Social Work, a project of the Council on Social Work Education funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York.

A February story on a child welfare message to governors from NASW and the Child Welfare League of America misspelled the name of Shay Bilchik, CWLA's president and chief executive officer.


Amendment to NASW Election Slate

A candidate has been added by petition to the slate for NASW's spring 2003 election. The slate for the affected category is now as follows:

Board of Directors, Region VIII (2003-06)
Matthew Jones, Jr., Mich.
Jacqueline Steingold, Mich.
Carolyn Stubbs, Mich.

Ballots will be mailed in April to NASW members in good standing as of Feb 28. Completed ballots must be received by May 19. Candidates' biographical and platform information will accompany the ballots and will be posted at NASW's Web site.


On 'State of the Union'

NASW developed and posted to its Web site in February a response to President Bush's Jan. 28 State of the Union address.

The association supports many of the sentiments in the address but takes issue with four of the president's recommendations: on the potential war with Iraq, Medicare reform, faith-based human services, and the economic stimulus.

To read NASW's response: click here


Nominees Sought for 2003 National Awards

NASW is accepting nominations for its 2003 national awards. The awards honor social workers and other individuals who have, through their work or advocacy, advanced the principles and vision of the profession.

Awards, and those who may submit nominations for them, are
Social Worker of the Year NASW Chapters only
Public Citizen of the Year NASW Chapters, individuals and social welfare organizations
Public Elected Official NASW chapters and members, individuals, and social welfare organizations
Lifetime Achievement Award NASW Chapters and individuals

For more information: NASW Web site; e-mail; (202) 336-8354.

The NASW Foundation is accepting nominations for the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award and the Knee/Wittman Health and Mental Health Achievement Awards. The Sarnat Award is given to an individual, group or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work. The award recipient receives a cash prize of $3,000. The Knee/Wittman Awards are given to individuals and groups for outstanding contributions in the field of health and mental health. NASW chapters, individuals and social welfare organizations may nominate candidates for these awards.

For more information: Foundation Web site; e-mail; (202) 336-8298.

Deadline for submitting complete nomination package: March 31

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From the Director
Choosing the Words We Live By
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

Dieting Called Source of Problem
Field of Overeating Offers Opportunities
Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Welfare Goals Discussed
NASW, Administration Differ on Reform Strategies
"It's about improving things for kids, not just about poverty reduction," Horn says.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

HIPAA Deadlines Looming
Failure to Comply May Bring Criminal Penalties
"The worst approach is to panic and do nothing."

Profession Perceived Favorably by Public
Sixty-seven percent of the respondents personally knew a social worker.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Perceptions of Professional Effectiveness

NASW Agenda for 108th Congress Adopted
Health and mental health, economic security and education are among areas of focus.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Pact With Canadians Approved
The organizations will share resources when appropriate and seek to develop joint statements on issues.

Researcher Honored
Hagen's career centers on public welfare issues.

Chapters-Union Accord Renewed in New York
The pact was pivotal in passage of New York's licensing act.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Membership in Sections Increasing
Alerts and practice updates add to the value of sections membership.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Foundation Board Elects New Officers

Research Legislation Reintroduced
ANSWER coalition members lobby Congress for passage.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Prevention of Bullying Undertaken
Shocking episodes of school violence led to the focus on bullying.
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Social Workers Answer Call of the Wild
Ever spend five days in a tiny room while a blizzard howled?
By John V. O'Neill, MSW, News Staff

Saunders Dies; First Director of Publishing

Rodriguez Goes to Puerto Rico

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M. Scott Moss

John V. O'Neill, MSW, naswnews@naswdc.org

Lyn Stoesen

Lyn Fredrickson Carter
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Jim Snyder
(703) 764-5949

NASW President:
Terry Mizrahi, MSW, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW

Director, Publications Division:
Cheryl Bradley

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and Editor-in-Chief:
Paula Delo

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