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NASW Ohio awarded national NASW Ruth Fizdale grant to study gaps in social services for immigrants.

Friday, July 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
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In the past year, NASW Ohio prioritized supporting social workers responding to the needs of immigrant communities. These efforts have highlighted existing gaps in our social service structure - gaps that are particularly pronounced when it comes to the needs of undocumented, uninsured, low-income immigrant clients.


Immigrant clients have the same rights to high-quality, competent, and accessible social services as anyone else, but there are unique factors for some individuals that create barriers to accessing all services easily. Just as mechanisms have been developed in social service sectors to communicate competency with the LGBTQ population, it is important for organizations to effectively communicate their competency with immigrant communities.


NASW Ohio will develop criteria to evaluate social service agency policies and procedures that communicate competence, friendliness, and capacity to effectively serve immigrant clients. By developing and communicating standards of practice, we can ensure social service agencies have the guidance needed to make quality improvements to better meet the needs of immigrant clients and allow social workers to refer to agencies based on their accessibility to immigrant clients.


About the Grant

The Ruth Fizdale Program underwrites NASW Chapter research projects that link practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. The objective is to facilitate effective service delivery. The program provides opportunities for NASW Chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue.

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