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The Soul of the Poor: Social Work and the Wholeness of Humanity

The Soul of the Poor: Social Work and the Wholeness of Humanity

This article reflects on the use of the word “poor” and an introduction of the term “soul” as a missing factor for consideration in social work practice. The examination of “soul” allows for a more complete understanding of the wholeness of the humanity we seek to serve. This article is a reminder that words continue to be powerful and that they impact significantly social work practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. With all of our calls for social justice and fairness social workers are reminded that we must constantly be on guard not to stereotype or dehumanize low-income populations that we have pledged to assist by using words such as “poor” against them. This is something we all profess to know, but often in the haste of our work, we forget.

Hazards Ahead! Cal MediConnect Faces Troubled Waters in the Future

 

By Jason Bloome

The Cal MediConnect Program (CMC) began in 2014 with the expectation that California would improve quality of care, save money and maximize the ability of participants to live at home or in the community in lieu of institutional care by giving dual-eligibles the choice of having Medicare benefits administered ..Read More…

Social Workers as Advocates for Enlightened Twin Counseling

 

 

By Joan A. Friedman, PhD

For my social work field education in graduate school, I worked at community mental health centers that served Latino populations. These experiences helped me appreciate how social workers, more than any other helping professionals, are educated to be sensitive to cultural and societal differences. Since the birth ..Read More…

Creating Safe Residential Programs for Teens

 

 

By Virginia Avizu, Vanessa Gonzalez, Jessica Herrera, Karen Rebollo, MSW, California State University, Long Beach

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2018 was created to amend the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008. To truly protect adolescents from harm in residential ..Read More…

The Patient Self-Determination Act: What Does It Set Out to Do?

 

By Magnolia Cedeño, Almira Dang, Kenna Hartman, Amy Johnson, & Milagros Villareal

The Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 (PSDA) brings forth the importance of completing an advance directive. The objective of the PSDA is to inform individuals who receive some form of care in places such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc., about ..Read More…

Does HIPAA’s Privacy Rule Protect Patient Information?

 

By Jesus Aceves, Roxana Islas, Diana Muñoz, and Leanna Wagner

In the early 1990s, there was a technological shift that was occurring. Many things were moving to computer-based systems and health care was one of them. In an effort to move towards this change, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ..Read More…

Safe Injection Sites: More Than Just a Place to Shoot Up

 

 

By Magnolia Cedeno, Almira Dang, Kenna Hartman, Amy Johnson and Milagros Villarreal

Safe injection sites are a hot topic in California, as San Francisco plans to open sites in July. Safe injection sites have stirred up controversy due to a fear that they will encourage drug use. This rhetoric is often ..Read More…

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