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Social Work Month

Hello North Carolina Public Health Social Workers!

March 2018 is almost upon us and it will be time to promote national March Social Work Month. The national theme this year is "Social Work: Leaders, Advocates, Champions." Below you can find a 30 second National Association of Social Work (NASW) youtube video promoting the profession of social work and some of its past leaders and current stars. John Cowart, 2015 North Carolina Social Worker of the Year and the 2016 National Social Worker of the Year, is highlighted in this public service announcement (hint: He is the one with the stick!).

The North Carolina Continuing Education, Training and Advisory Committee for Public Health Social Work (NC- CETAC) has compiled a number of resources that can be used to do local public health social work month promotion in your agencies and communities. From the national NASW office, you will find a Social Work Month Proclamation, a Social Work Month theme and rationale, and the national logo. You will also find a recent article on the history of public health social work which is a fascinating read and helps in the understanding of how our profession got to where it is today, along with considerations for its future.

On the state level, please view the invitation to join the North Carolina Public Health Association and Social Work Section. Our goal is to get a social work section member from every county in NC. If you have never been a member of the association, you are eligible for a free one year NCPHA membership if your agency is an organizational member. Check with your agency administration to see how to apply for one of these free memberships. Social Work Section dues are only $5.00. Also please find a one page description of CETAC including its purpose, goals and a PHSW bookmark and brochure. In the "Staying Connected" document you will find instructions on how you can sign up for the NC Public Health Social Work list serve. This list serve is the main communication tool for the distribution of job announcements, continuing education opportunities, and other notices. With all that is happening at the state and national levels with respect to public policy proposals, you will want to subscribe to one or more of the advocacy list serves in the document so you can "stay connected" and informed on issues that can impact our clients and profession. In this document there are also instructions on how to sign up for the NC Public Health Social Work Facebook page sponsored by NCPHA.

Last but not least, please plan to attend the Bi-Annual NC Public Health Social Work Conference scheduled for April 25th. The link to register for the conference is https://ncpha.memberclicks.net/public-health-social-work-conference. If you register early enough you will receive a free social work t-shirt.

Regardless of how you celebrate March, please take a moment to remember why you chose the social work profession and what the profession means to you. Think about what things you can do to help promote the profession among your colleagues, clients and your community. There has never been a more crucial time for public health social workers to be actively involved in advocating for our clients and the systems and services that support them. We need everyone involved in promoting the profession and our individual and collective contributions in improving the health and wellbeing of all North Carolina citizens. Thanks for all you do! Happy Social Work Month!

Kelly

Kelly Spangler, LCSW, MSW, MPA
Regional Social Work Consultant
Division of Public Health,Women’s Health Branch
NC Department of Health and Human Services

828-890-1147 office
828-231-5507 mobile
828-890-1825 fax
Kelly.Spangler@dhhs.nc.gov

PO Box 671
Horse Shoe, NC 28742-0671