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Message From the President: A Disaster, A Massacre, and Ongoing Poverty
Health Care Social Workers Meet to Discuss Superstorm Sandy
What We Are Learning for the Future in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy: Reflections by Madelyn Miller, PhD, LCSW
Resilience and Emotional Support Team (REST) Provides Mental Health Response
Social Work Community Turns Out for 6th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner
LMSW Test Prep Saturday, February 9th
NASW-NYC Annual Meeting Save the Date
March is Social Work Month
NASW-NYC PACE Annual Meeting
Go Direct® - Ensure Your Clients Are Able to Access Their Electronic Federal Benefits
In Memoriam - Dr. Aaron Beckerman
Run For Leadership Position in NASW-NYC - Nominations Committee Still Accepting Reccomendations
Update Your NASW Profile
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Message from the President

We Are Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers

A Disaster, A Massacre, and Ongoing Poverty

Martha Adams Sullivan, DSW

Within the last two months, we have experienced two catastrophic events. Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast destroying neighborhoods in New York City and New Jersey. Just over one month later, twenty six people, including very young children, were massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Is there anyone whose heart is not broken at the sight of a person walking in the ruble that had been their family home now realizing that they are homeless? Is there anyone who did not cringe at the thought of a kindergarten child being shot? No doubt, these events are community traumas. 

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In the Mass Evacuation of Health Facilities,

a Core Role for Social Workers

 Health Care Social Workers Meet to Discuss Superstorm Sandy

Thomas Sedgwick, LCSW, Director of Social Work, NYU Langone Medical Center, Second Vice President, NASW-NYC Board of Directors

At the end of October 2012 Tropical Storm Sandy evolved into Hurricane Sandy, wreaking havoc throughout the Caribbean while working its way up the coast through the Mid-Atlantic States and then devastating the Northeast. Subsequently, downgraded from Hurricane force, but certainly maintaining superstorm status, Sandy became one of the costliest Atlantic hurricanes, second only to Katrina, creating close to $66 billion in damage and responsible for an estimated 253 deaths.

Sandy profoundly affected New York’s health care social workers. The storm surge and ensuing flooding was responsible for the unprecedented closing of four major medical centers: Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, the Manhattan campus of the Veterans Administration New York Harbor Health System and Coney Island Hospital, as well as the closing of many skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and adult homes throughout the area. Thousands of patients were displaced and thousands of health care workers redeployed (including hundreds of social workers.) 

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Social Work's Response Recognized One Month After

Superstorm Sandy

Social Work Community Turns Out For Leadership Awards Dinner

Peter Beitchman, DSW, LMSW; Chair, NASW-NYC Fundraising Committee; CEO, The Bridge

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn thanks NASW-NYC for our help in organizing social workers to respond to the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy.

By any measure, the 6th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner was a huge success. First, we had quantity: almost 500 guests attended, making it the largest celebration of social work in 2012 and a highly successful fundraising event. Then there was quality: the leaders we honored in all three categories, (Top, Mid-Career, and Emerging), were truly deserving and a source of pride to all social workers in the City. Add to that the bonus of heartfelt remarks from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who thanked the Chapter for orchestrating the magnificent social work response to Super Storm Sandy. Speaker Quinn marveled at the speed with which Bob Schachter and the team responded to her call for help and at the number of social workers who volunteered in the critical days following the storm.

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Click here to read more about this year's honorees

Click here to view photos from the Awards Dinner


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