The NASW practice department has provided content expertise and technical assistance for NASW's grant-funded initiatives:
Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS). A partnership with the NASW Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education, funded by the New York Community Trust), strengthens the delivery of health care services by advancing the education and training of health care social workers. The program welcomed its fourth cohort in September; the following month, field instructors participated in a training to learn about health care trends and to enhance their mentorship of Social Work HEALS BSW and MSW students.
Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy. NASW has been partnering with the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work since 2014 to represent the social work profession in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder by educating health care professionals about, and promoting use of, alcohol screening and brief intervention.
Building the Capacity of the Child Welfare Workforce: Supporting Healthy Adolescent Brain Development. With support from and in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, NASW will disseminate educational resources, establish a national advisory committee, and create a train-the-trainer curriculum to promote the healthy brain development for youth in foster care. This partnership will enhance opportunities for the success and well-being of young people in foster care.
Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA). This innovative professional development program enhances the gerontological, supervisory, and leadership skills of MSW-level supervisors. With support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, NASW and the NASW Foundation piloted SLA in the New York City, Florida, Illinois, and Maryland chapters between 2015 and 2017. An online version of SLA will be released soon by the NASW Professional Development department.