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Every March, during Social Work Month, NASW Ohio Chapter hosts Advocacy Day to connect social workers to their state legislators. It's a time to promote our profession and issues that impact our clients. Join over 600 social workers and social work students at the Riffe Center in Columbus for a day of action. You'll learn how to be an effective advocate and meet with your state Representative's and state Senator's offices.


2020 Advocacy Day

March 26, 2020 - Online (in-person event was moved online due to COVID-19 on 3/12/20)


10am-10:20am - Why Advocate & NASW Membership – Hannah Ware

10:20 - 10:30 - Sponsors

10:30am- 11:00am - Overview of State Government - Krista Woods

11:00am- 11:10am – Sponsors

11:10am-11:25am - Understanding Bills – Colleen Dempsey

11:25am- 11:45pm - Understanding the State Budget – Andriel Ugbomeh

11:45am - 11:50 - Sponsors

11:50am- 12:30pm- Advocacy Strategies - Carrie Vereide

12:20 - 12:30 - Video from Anna Bowersox, legislative aide to State Rep Brigid Kelly

12:30pm- 12:35pm- CQ Engage – Hannah Ware

12:35 - 2:20 Advocacy Priorities

Mental Health Parity – Colleen Dempsey

LGBTQ+ care/rights – Danielle Smith

Professional Issues - Danielle Smith

COVID-19 Pandemic Response - Colleen Dempsey

2:20pm- 2:40- Independent work - Hannah Ware

2:40-3:00- Report out via Q&A & Closing - Hannah Ware





Paid attendees of the live March 26 event can watch the recording of Advocacy Day here>>



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Previous Advocacy Days:

2019 - Focus on Child Welfare

We advocated for an increase in funding for Ohio's locally-administered child welfare system, more social and emotional support in schools, an end to "conversion therapy" with minors, and cross-reporting.


2018 - Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.

730 attendees advocated for stronger supports for social workers, additional funding for student supports, and policies to help youth interacting with the juvenile justice system.


2017 - Social Workers Stand Up

650 attendees advocated for increased funding for health and human services, opposed licensing board consolidation, and voiced support for the passage of Monica's Law.


2016 - Forging Solutions Out of Challenges

525 attendees advocated for increased salaries for social workers, funding for police training in implicit bias and crisis intervention, and banning licensed providers from practicing conversion therapy.

2015 - Paving the Way for Social Justice

We discussed proposals to improve community-police relations, banning conversion or reparative therapy, and educational debt relief for social workers.


2014 - Addressing Barriers to Professional Success

330 attendees asked to close a loophole in social work title protection by passing HB 232 and to develop a social work educational debt relief program.


2013 - The Role of Social Workers in Healthcare

The ask was to support Medicaid Expansion and to consider social work as a pivotal role in healthcare.

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