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2013 Annual Meeting:
Dr. Jared Bernstein and Panel Frame Social Work Challenges and Opportunities
Message From the President - The Social Work Equity Project
Women’s Equality is a Social Work Issue
Health Insurance and Eligibility Under the Affordable Care Act
Tribute to a Social Work Giant - Dr. Helen Rehr
Alayne Rosales Joins Chapter Staff as Program and Administrative Associate
LMSW Test Prep Friday, June 21, 2013
Workshop: Working With Clients Living with HIV/AIDS and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders
Forum: Getting Ready for Federal Health Care Reform in New York
NASW-NYC PACE Candidate Forum
In Memoriam - Florence Wexler Vigilante
In Memoriam - Dr. Jerome "Jay" Goldsmith
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Chapter Election Results Are In

The candidates for the spring Chapter election are listed below, along with two members who were recently appointed to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.

From left to right: NASW-NYC Chapter President, Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW and newly elected President-Elect, Sandra Bernabei, LCSW.

Incoming Officers and Members-At-Large

President-Elect - Sandra Bernabei, LCSW
1st Vice President - Candida Brooks-Harrison, LCSW
3rd Vice President - Christiana Best-Cummings, PhD, LMSW
Treasurer - Benjamin R. Sher, LMSW
Helen M. Crohn, DSW, LCSW
Phyllis Erlbaum-Zur, PhD, ACSW, LCSW-R
Sofia Frank, LMSW
Danielle Brown Fuller, MSW
Evelyn Laureano, PhD, LMSW (appointed)
Gerri Matusewitch, LMSW
My-Lan Tran, LCSW (appointed)
Christine Wilkins, PhD, LCSW
Ricardo A. Guzmàn Erazo, MSW Student
Ileana L. Fohr, BSW Student 


Incoming Nominations Committee Members
Mark Agosto, LMSW Hazel McIntyre, LMSW
Natalia Echeverri, MSW Andrew Peters, MSW
Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, SAP Schanica Pickens, MSW






2013 Annual Meeting

Going on the Offense for Economic Equality

Jared Bernstein and Panel Frame Social Work Challenges

and Opportunities at 2013 Annual Meeting

Alicia Fry, LMSW, Case Management Supervisor Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP);
Member, NASW-NYC Board of Directors

Dr. Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economic Advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden delivers the keynote address at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

“Every economist should first be a social worker.”

This provocative assertion, first made by Jared Bernstein on HBO's Realtime with Bill Maher and repeated in the introduction to his keynote presentation, kick started the NASW-NYC Annual Meeting on May 9, 2013. Dr. Bernstein, PhD, MSW, is a Senior Fellow for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and before that he served as Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.

Most importantly to the May 9th audience of 500, he began his career as a social worker helping poor people in New York City, and believes that “most economists and politicians haven’t spent enough time in actual neighborhoods where people are just trying to get by. Social workers do just that, and therefore understand the context in which economic problems exist.” He further stated that, when it comes to the economy, “it’s time for us to get off the defense and go on the offense” to affect change.




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Message from the President

All God’s Children Need Shoes -

The Right Shoes

The Social Work Equity Project


Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW

Recently, I read of a teacher trying to explain to her very young students the difference between equity and equality. She gathered the class in a circle and asked everyone to take off one shoe. The shoes were collected. The shoes were then redistributed and everyone was then given a shoe. Only a couple of students received the mate to their other shoe. As you can guess, the group complained. The shoes they were given were too small, too large, made for the wrong foot, etc. They had difficulty walking and running. Some were able to manage with the shoe they received and some could not manage at all. The young students got it.

 In effect, the children all were equal in that they had shoes, but only those who had shoes that fit were able to adequately walk and run, actually experiencing the value of having shoes.



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Women’s Equality is a Social Work Issue

Lauren Frederico, MSW, Organizer, New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)


Editor’s Note: The NYC Chapter has endorsed the Women’s Equality Agenda, which is discussed below. Just before the newsletter was completed,Governor Cuomo introduced legislation to enact the agenda on June 5th.

During his state of the state address in January, Governor Cuomo announced plans to advance a ten point Women’s Equality Agenda that seeks to break down multiple forms of gender based discrimination in New York. The proposal encompasses a wide range of issues including access to reproductive health care, pay equity, domestic violence and tenants’ rights. Informed by conversations with service providers and advocacy groups across the state, the governor’s office convened a group of 20 organizations, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, to lead the charge around the groundbreaking initiative. Since then, the agenda has garnered widespread support. To date more than 800 organizations from every corner of New York State, including NASW-NYC, have joined the New York Women’s Equality Coalition. Together these groups are working together to raise awareness around the barriers impeding women’s equality in New York.


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