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02
Oct

Politics & Poverty

By Rachel L. West
Community Outreach & Advocacy Consultant

This month I hosted two #MacroSW Twitter Chats. For those of you unfamiliar, #MacroSW is a collaborative of individual macro social workers and organization who host a live Twitter chat every Thursday at 9:00 PM EST. The chats focus on varies issues related to macro social work practice.

This month I was pleased to host a chat featuring special guest Ashley Blanchard who talked about her experience as an intern at the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at UConn. She spoke specifically about NAHIPSW’s Campaign School which is held annually. This year Campaign School is on the road. The second half of the chat focused on the use of social media in political campaigns. You can read the chat transcript below.

The second chat was with guest expert Mark Rank, PhD who talked about his work on confronting poverty. Mark and his research partner developed the Poverty Calculator. The calculator shows how close most of us are to financial hardship.  This can be used as a tool to help open a dialog about the issues at the root of poverty. You can read the transcript below.
#MacroSW Twitter Chats are held every Thursday at 9:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM PST. All the chats are archived on the blog. You will also find announcements for upcoming chat there.

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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