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News Items – January 26, 2023

André Marcel Harris is a member of NASW-TX:
Sickle Cell Cure Brings Mix of Anxiety and Hope
The New York Times
Patients ask when in the course of the disease is gene therapy needed. If they wait too long, the disease can lead to a stroke or permanent damage to organs and bones. But if the disease is mild and manageable, is it better to wait? André Marcel Harris, 33, who lives in Houston, decided that waiting is his best option. “I am not as sick as many others,” he said. “At this point, gene therapy is not part of the conversation.”

Katherine De Vito is a member of NASW-NJ:
Rahway High School Social Worker Publishes Book on Gang Prevention in Schools
Tap Into Rahway
Dr. Katherine De Vito is a licensed clinical social worker employed in the Rahway Public Schools, currently working as a social worker in Rahway High School. Recently, Dr. De Vito published a book, Gang Prevention in Schools: Creating a Secure Base and Safe Haven (2021). Based on extensive research and interviews, including discussions with a number of former gang members, De Vito’s book seeks “to give an inside look into the world of gangs and, within that world, find clues to aid in gang prevention efforts in the world [she knows] best, schools.” (p. 6)

Robert Miller is a member of NASW-WA:
Phishing Attack on Washington Therapist Exposes Patients’ PHI
HIPAA Journal
A Washington therapist, Robert S. Miller LICSW, ACSW (RSM), has recently notified 640 current and former clients about a phishing incident that resulted in the exposure of some of their protected health information. State laws require notifications to be sent to state attorneys general when there has been a breach of the private information of state residents. The notifications typically provide the minimum information about privacy breaches, but in this case, the therapist explained exactly how the phishing attack played out.

Melina Brann is director of policy and advocacy for NASW-MI:
Battle Creek native’s art reaches Meijer shelves throughout the Midwest
Battle Creek Inquirer
With newfound free time in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Melina Brann picked up a paintbrush and started creating. But what began as a merely pandemic hobby has transformed into so much more for the Battle Creek native. It’s become an outlet, a way to celebrate and connect with her ancestors and community. It’s also grown into a thriving business. In recognition of Black History Month, Brann is partnering with Meijer on a culturally-inspired product collection that’s hitting store shelves throughout the Midwest.

Lupe Fernandez is a member of NASW-CA:
Sierra View reports Bridge Services cuts readmissions
The Porterville Recorder
Lupe Fernandez, the Palliative Care Licensed Clinical Social Worker said, “Getting the news that they have cancer can really challenge the patient’s perception about life and the future. We give encouragement and provide emotional support as well as provide a variety of resources to the patient and their family. From our department’s services like symptom management and nutritional support, to the community resources they sometimes need and don’t know how to access, these can all help reduce the stress associated with a cancer diagnosis.”

Caitlin Cantor is a member of NASW-NJ:
5 Things About Dating I Wish I Knew Sooner
Psychology Today
Dating feels impossible when you’ve tried and tried and all you’ve gotten is ghosted, hurt, lied to, and disappointed. You may think you’re stuck in that painful and repetitive cycle because you’re not good enough, but the real reason is that you haven’t been taught how to navigate the dating world. You definitely haven’t been taught how to navigate the online dating world. In addition, you’ve been given false information about dating apps, relationships, sex, and more. No wonder dating feels so difficult!

Tracy Livecchi is a member of NASW-CT:
Your Tween/Teen Expressed Suicidal Thoughts — Here’s What To Do Now
Scary Mommy
Unfortunately, suicidal ideation is a very real concern among tweens and teens, says Tracy Livecchi, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of Healing Hearts and Minds. Livecchi notes that any suicide concerns (even seemingly off-hand jokes or one-off comments) should be taken seriously, as these thoughts and feelings “often come from experiences of rejection, shame, hurt, isolation, and hopelessness.”

Supporters turn out to champion affirmative consent in Roundhouse hearing
“There seems to be a lot of confusion among many students about what is acceptable and what is not,” said Karen Canaday, a lobbyist with the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. “I think it’s really important to look at this bill and provide the education that is necessary so they are well aware of what is acceptable and what is not, and that people have the right to be free of sexual abuse and harassment.”

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