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Our Faltering Health Care System

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 5, 2018 10:56:00 AM

Without continued congressional support and a national commitment to succeed, The Affordable Care Act will eventually falter.  Why has it been so difficult for the United States, the greatest industrialized nation on earth, to provide affordable healthcare for all its citizens? Is it political polarization, philosophical divides, economic conundrums, relentless costly innovation, government regulation, professional posturing, or a combination of all these factors that has prevented every administration since Franklin Roosevelt from tackling the problem?

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

The Root of All Evil?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 25, 2018 9:24:00 AM

Wall street investors have discovered the nonprofit world. Why are the “profit seekers” sniffing around the pressing social problems that have always been the pervue of nonprofits? Wall street calls this new investor initiative Impact Investing and reports that it is thriving. Currently impact investors have $228 billion in assets under management. “Individuals are huge drivers of the rise of impact investing,” says Amit Bouri, CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network. “They increasingly want to be a part of the solution to problems surrounding their communities and the environment. Investors pumped $35.5 billion into 11,000 deals last year, and that number is expected to grow by 8% in 2018.”

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Nonprofit General

Talk Saves Lives

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 18, 2018 10:14:00 AM

The recent passing of beloved TV personality Anthony Bourdain and fashion icon Kate Spade has pushed suicide back into the cultural dialogue spotlight. Social workers who work in suicide prevention every day remind us, however, that suicide is, and always has been, part of the human condition and not the dramatic exception that celebrity suicide seems to suggest.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Georgia On My Mind

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 14, 2018 10:34:00 AM

Jim Langford, born and raised in the small town of Calhoun, is a faithful son of Georgia. After earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Jim went on to create a $2.5 billion technology company with a team of fellow alums. Then he turned his efforts to public service and began his tireless work for a better Georgia by writing the legislation to preserve Georgia’s Native American archaeological sites threatened by looters and development. Later, as head of Georgia’s Trust for Public Lands, Langford spearheaded the development of the Atlanta BeltLine, a series of multiuse paths and parks running in a rough loop around the city’s center.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

School Choice

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 13, 2018 3:49:21 PM

Charter schools and school choice are no longer experiments. Nationwide, they have become important components of public education. Since this blog began a discussion of educational improvement almost two years ago, we have heard from countless educators, administrators, and social workers both pro and con on school choice and the advantages and disadvantages of charter schools. Today we would like to catalogue the input we have received to give you an overview of what education professionals are saying about this all-important public policy issue.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Civil Discourse

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 1, 2018 9:36:02 AM

 

Guns in the United States

  • In 2016, firearms were responsible for more than 38,000 deaths and over 116,000 nonfatal gunshot wounds in the United States.
  • The United States owns approximately 250 million gunsnearly one for each citizen, and grows about 7 million each year.
  • Each year, the United States has a bit over 8,000 murders with firearms.
  • According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a total of 346 mass shootings (5 or more victims) occurred in the U.S. in 2017.
  • As of May 17th 2018, 101 mass shootings have already occurred this year.  
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Topics: Social Services Industry News

In Their Own Words

Posted by GVT Admin on May 22, 2018 9:08:00 AM

Social Work Today magazine has just published the top ten list of social workers who were nominated by their peers for outstanding performance in the past year. We are proud to reprint these inspirational comments from the finalists in their own words.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Anorexia Nervosa

Posted by GVT Admin on May 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Twenty years-ago it seemed like every family in the country was struggling with a teenager suffering from an “eating disorder”. In recent years this serious social, mental health, psychological, and medical problem seems to be garnering a lot less attention. Did we lick it, or have we just stopped talking about it?

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, mental health

Neglecting Native Americans

Posted by GVT Admin on May 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A colleague recently wrote us and noted that we rarely cover the American Indian community in this blog. She was correct. We confess that our oversight is probably a reflection of a broader cultural blindness to Native American social issues in general. Perhaps this numbed sensitivity comes from the fact that Native Americans do not make as much noise as other underprivileged minorities. It seems to be part of their native dignity to suffer in silence without complaint and, unfortunately, in American social justice “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News

Predictive Risk Modeling

Posted by George Ritacco on Apr 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In a recent issue of Social Work Today, Kate Jackson reported this troubling statistic:

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare

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