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Filed under Academic News, Events, Campus News on 1/18/2013 by Author: Chris Shaw.

NASW Executive to address advocacy ideals at OU Zanesville & Eastern campuses


Danielle Smith, Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), will present a program entitled Advocacy Ideals on Tuesday, January 29, at 2 p.m.


Tracy Pritchard, instructor of Social Work and Campus Coordinator for the Child Welfare University Partnership Program, invited Smith to present the program to his Social Welfare Policy classes. The presentation will provide real life examples to complement the course content which includes social policy stressing relationships between policy and social welfare organizations and agency funding; the practice of policy development and analysis; and the role of policy in social worker decision-making, advocacy, and practice.


Smith has worked for NASW for five years and has been responsible for the Chapter’s government relations, communications, membership development, and management.  Prior to working at NASW she worked in the Ohio Senate.  Danielle earned her Bachelors of Science of Social Work, Masters of Social Work, and Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University. 


Because the course is offered via the Ohio University Learning Network, Smith will be presenting to audiences in Zanesville and in St. Clairsville. Smith will be in person at Ohio University Zanesville in Elson Hall Room 121 and at Ohio University Eastern via the compressed video system in Shannon Hall Room 204. Pritchard invites Social Work professionals from both communities who are interested in the topic of social advocacy to attend on a first come first serve basis.


“I hope that our social work students understand several reasons why policy advocacy is important in the social work profession,” Pritchard said. “We have active professional organization that is here to protect the profession and individual social workers.  It is important to advocate to create a just society in which all persons have equal opportunities to pursue their potential and ensure that social welfare and insurance programs and services are accessible, effective, appropriate, flexible, comprehensive, adequate, and efficient.”  


For more information contact Pritchard at pritchar@ohio.eduor via phone at 740-588-1530.


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