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Social Workers Supporting Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 18, 2020 12:30:00 AM

The VA has tested 913,624 veterans and reported 83,527 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began back in March. 4, 223 veterans have died from COVID. Sadly, 66 VA employees have died trying to save their lives.

High Risk Group

Nearly 50% of veterans are 65 or older, which puts them at greater risk of severe illness or death due to COVID-19. Additionally, many veterans are at a higher risk of respiratory illness due to the environments and toxins they were exposed to while on active duty, which also places them in a higher risk group for coronavirus.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, social workers, Suicide prevention, Thanksgiving, Covid-19

COVID SPIKES FOR THE THIRD TIME...What Social Workers Can Do

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 12, 2020 12:30:00 AM

With the third virulent spike of the COVID-19 pandemic descending on the world, social workers are taking a pro-active, creative look at how they can be of service to the most vulnerable. They sit in a unique position during a public health crisis, one that’s often overlooked. From offering emotional and mental health support to educating the larger community, their role entails navigating what is often a complex and evolving situation.

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Topics: social workers, Covid-19, Pandemic

Saving Our Seniors

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 30, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Adults 65 and older account for 16% of the US population but 80% of COVID-19 deaths. Even as most states begin to gradually reopen society to restart a stalled economy, the message to the elderly is “NOT YOU”. You best - “STAY HOME” – “ISOLATE” - “QUARANTINE” while the rest of society risks illness trying to get on with life.

Social workers who work with the elderly are concerned. They say that during times of crisis, mental health cannot be overlooked. Loneliness and social isolation for older adults have a deep, emotional impact, sometimes leading to social disorders such as depression and anxiety. Social isolation has also been linked to increases in emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and nursing home placements.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, senior care, Covid-19, quarantine, seniors

Social Workers Support Physicians During COVID Mental Health Crisis

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 16, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Social workers tell us that primary care providers are inundated with patients seeking help with psychic symptoms that require the attention of a psychiatric specialist. Family physicians and emergency room doctors often do not feel qualified to deal with this new mental health crisis and need the help of social workers to execute a referral process while helping patients feel more comfortable going to a new and unfamiliar physician.

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Topics: mental health, social workers, Suicide prevention, what social workers do, Covid-19, CDC

Outreach

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 2, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Caseworkers who serve the homeless population have been working overtime during the covid pandemic.

HOMELESSNESS UPDATE: Time, July 22, 2020, Belinda Luscombe

Homelessness has recently been getting worse, with a 3% increase in the number of homeless people just in the past year. But, says Nan Roman, head of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “there’s never been anything like this.” One Columbia University analysis of unemployment figures suggested that by the end of 2020, homelessness would increase by 40%. In July, about 44.5 million Americans told the Household Pulse Survey takers at the Census Bureau that they either hadn’t made last month’s mortgage or rent payment on time or doubted they could make the next one. Unless Congress acts, the moratorium on evicting people from most federally subsidized housing will run out at the end of July. “Starting on July 25, 2020, landlords must give 30-day notice before pursuing eviction for nonpayment between March 27, 2020, and July 24, 2020,” says a HUD official. The Aspen Institute estimates that by October, 1 in 5 American renters could face eviction.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social workers, Covid-19, Pandemic, Homeless,, Outreach

Triage...A Moral Dilemma

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 12, 2020 2:59:10 PM

The Covid-19 Pandemic has overwhelmed hospital emergency rooms in many of America’s largest cities forcing doctors and nurses to find themselves in triage mode perhaps for the first time in their careers.

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Topics: social workers, healthcare issues, Covid-19, Frontlines, emergency room

Social Workers Enlist To Conquer the Pandemic...

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM

On June 6, 2020, there were 378,024 cases and 24,259 coronavirus-related deaths in New York State. Though Governor Cuomo reported these numbers are declining dramatically, he also called for continued vigilance as the state focuses on reopening. Contact tracing has become the keyword for relaxing limitations on public gatherings and opening up the state’s economy. The governor has said success will mean hiring an “army of tracers”, and 17,000 people will be hired.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers, New York City, Covid-19

Social Workers Die Beside Their Clients

Posted by GVT Admin on May 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Case workers who will not abandon their clients die along with them in the nation’s hospitals. Even though advised to go home by medical professionals, these dedicated social workers didn’t leave when the pandemic broke out.

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Topics: social workers, Covid-19

Greetings from Global Vision Technologies

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 22, 2020 12:30:00 PM

 

As 2019 is now behind us and we look forward to 2020 - we here at Global Vision Technologies would like to express our thanks to all of the caseworkers, foster care parents, healthcare providers and so many others who have taken responsibility for our country’s most vulnerable resource - children and families.

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Topics: Child Welfare, Foster Care, social workers

2019 - The Year in Review

Posted by George Ritacco on Jan 6, 2020 7:51:02 PM

Throughout 2019, we endeavored weekly to tell the social worker's story in a way that chronicled the impact of your dedicated efforts on the welfare of the American family.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, social workers, healthcare

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