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News Items – November 16, 2016

marksmithMark Smith is a member:
Smith to continue as Iowa House Democratic leader
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Rep. Mark Smith of Marshalltown was elected by Iowa Democrats Saturday to continue as House Democratic leader. Smith has served in the post since 2013. He was elected to his ninth term in the House earlier this month.

The author, Sarina Behar Natkin, is a member:
4 Key Messages Your Children Need To Hear The Day After The Election
The Huffington Post
The truth is, even as a parent educator, I don’t have all the answers. The good news is we don’t have to. We can still be present and hear their feelings about the results. And just like so many learning opportunities that came with this election, we have a responsibility as parents to take this one. Matter of fact, I think it’s our best hope for changing a clearly very angry, mistrusting society. What I can share is the messages I hope to convey to my own daughters tomorrow morning, and in the days to come.

Co-author Will Francis is the government relations director for NASW-TX:
Fix Child Protective Services by making it a place where social workers want to work
The Dallas Morning News
The best step in improving the child protective workforce is to recruit and retain social workers. The social work profession began within the child welfare movement, and social workers are the most qualified for this challenging work. Make CPS a place social workers want to work, and the entire state benefits.

Helping at-risk children and families in Greene County
Missouri State University News
“CD staff work very hard to avoid removing children from their homes—if at all possible—because they understand the trauma removal inflicts on children and their families,” said [Mary Ann] Jennings. “Social workers in child welfare services often are referred to as ‘baby snatchers’ which is erroneous on all levels.” Jennings says there are three ways that could dispel this myth: asking families who have had positive experiences to provide testimonies, educating policy-makers and joining in on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) efforts to provide an accurate image of social workers.

Nearly $1 million in funds awarded to innovative health projects by MDHHS
LANSING, Mich. – To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery of health services, 33 projects in Michigan will each receive a grant of up to $35,000 in one-time funds thanks to the Health Innovation Grants administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.… The National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter was awarded $27,300.00 for enhancing Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind Consumers in Rural Michigan.

Nakia Winfield is a member:
Public weighs in a second time on divisive fetal tissue disposal rule
Austin American-Statesman
Some women were in tears as they shared stories about their traumatic miscarriages and abortions. They said they would have suffered more had they been required to bury or cremate the fetus. Nakia Winfield, a mental health fellow with the National Association of Social Workers, said that many women who choose to have an abortion can barely afford it. Adding burial requirements would cost up to $2,000, she said.

Amanda Harmon is a member:
Election won’t stop sex-assault dialogue
Connecticut Post
The revelation of the tape, which spurred several women to come forward accusing Trump of sexual misconduct — allegations he denied — highlighted how difficult it can be for victims to speak about assault, said Amanda Harmon, a licensed clinical social worker in Westport. “There’s a lot of victim shaming and a lot of victim blaming,” she said.

Panel to address: ‘What’s Happening at Whiteclay? What Should Happen?’
Lincoln Journal-Star
The Lincoln Chapter of Nebraskans for Peace will sponsor a panel and discussion, “What Is Happening at Whiteclay? What Should Happen?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at Sacred Winds United Methodist Church, 2400 S. 11th St. Panelists will be Renee Sans Souci of the Omaha tribe, poet and educator; John Maisch, filmmaker for Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian, a film about Whiteclay; Frank LaMere (tentative) of the Winnebago tribe, associate chair-elect of the Nebraska Democratic Party and longtime advocate for change at Whiteclay; and Dennis Carlson, retired attorney, coordinating efforts of the Lincoln Whiteclay activist group.… The event is cosponsored by Nebraskans for Peace, Lincoln Chapter; National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter; Sacred Winds UMC; and Lincoln NAACP. The event is free to the public.

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