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State Health Depts Like Social Media to Spread Information
The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds Twitter and Facebook use among state health departments is growing, especially in states with larger, urban populations.
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Try These Apps, Then Text Me
in the Morning

Smartphones have revolutionized how many people function on a daily basis, and the medical field is finding that smartphone apps can help transform a person’s health habits. Learn more »
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Editor's E-Note
Public education about social work is an important professional responsibility, and imperative for erasing misconceptions and promoting understanding of the unique skill sets and perspectives with which social workers approach their interactions with individuals, families, and communities. One of the many challenges of spreading the word about social work is that for many reasons, from client confidentiality to the intangible nature of human growth and healing, so much happens behind the scenes and is difficult to quantify or qualify, despite the demand for evidence-based practice.

For National Professional Social Work Month, our E-News Exclusive attempts to answer the question social workers are often asked: “What is social work?” A social work professor with previous experience in direct client care in diverse settings crafted a response. He uses his creative writing skills to compose a piece fusing prose and poetry to describe some often elusive characteristics that make social work what it is.

This month, enjoy, honor, and celebrate your profession!

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
What Is Social Work?
By Rich Kenney, MSSW

In the 30 years I have been a social worker, I often have been asked the question, what is social work? My reply always is the same: Social work is what happens behind the scenes, and chances are you won't know it even when you see it.

However, my answer, though purposely planned, is never enough. The question then becomes, what does that mean? That's my cue to elaborate, and this is the story I tell:

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Trauma-Informed Social Work Education
In recent years, trauma education has vastly evolved, and frequent mass violence, natural disasters, and other tragic events amplify its importance in social work curriculum. Read more »

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Other Social Work News
Military Charities Report Record Levels of Demand
According to USA Today, military charities are experiencing high demand from veterans without income awaiting disability checks.

Some TV Programming Can Help Discourage Aggression
in Young Children

The New York Times reports on research showing that less violent, more educational TV programming encourages empathy in young children.

More Than Half of Youths With HIV Don’t Know They Have It
According to CNN, stigma and inconsistent, inaccessible testing are some of the reasons youths are unaware of their HIV-positive status.

Rehabilitation Program Reaches Out to Cancer Survivors
NPR reports on a program started by a physician breast cancer survivor that offers cancer survivors rehabilitation therapy after treatment.
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