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A Chance For Social Workers To Be Heard

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

Former Congressman To Launch Social Work Day on the Hill


On March 17th social workers will be given a chance to be heard on Capitol Hill. Former Congressman Ed Towns has Launched Social Work Day on the Hill. Sponsors include the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) which Towns founded after leaving office. ACOSA is also a sponsor along with several other social work associations. You can find a full list here.

Towns understands the needs of social workers because he is one. He earned his MSW from Adelphi University (incidentally my aleaumature). During his 30 years in the US House of Representatives he founded the COngressional Social Work Caucus and introduced the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act in 2008.

To learn more about Social Work Day, contact Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr., president of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) at celewisjr@gmail.com.

You can learn more about CRISP by visiting their website at crispinc.org. CRISP is a
501 (C) 4 whose mission is to:

CRISP is committed to expanding the participation of social workers in federal legislative and policy processes. CRISP will act as a bridge between social work researchers and the federal government to ensure their research is known to federal policy makers. CRISP will work to expand opportunities for students to find field placements in federal government offices both on the Hill and in offices near their schools. CRISP will employ strategies to raise social workers’ awareness about the federal legislative process through seminars, conferences and webinars.

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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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