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5th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare:
Is Social Work Addressing Human Needs?

Please stay tuned for details about the 2016 conference.




Social workers often ask ourselves: Are we really helping our clients and communities? The NASW Code of Ethics states, "The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty…" Gillian Brock, a needs-centered ethicist and author of Global Social Justice, recently asked, "What is it to enable someone to meet a need?" She contended that sometimes we should focus on a person’s capacities, sometimes on people’s opportunities, and sometimes on external structures and the environment. How are social workers and how is the social welfare system doing this, or have we failed so far to develop an effective approach to balance these multiple approaches?


The keynote speakers were:

Anna Maria Santiago

Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Past President, Society for the Study of Social Problems 

John R. Corlett

President and Executive Director, Center for Community Solutions; previously Vice President for Government Relations and Community Affairs at The MetroHealth System and Ohio Medicaid Director

The closing plenary speakers were:

Rev. Lorenzo Norris, MSSA
Pastor, Concord Church & Chair, Cleveland Clergy Alliance

Margaret Mitchell

President & CEO, YWCA of Greater Cleveland

 2015 Title Sponsor


2015 Conference Sponsors

Cleveland State University

Thank you to our 2015 co-sponsors!


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