Community Voice

Interview With LeeAnn W. Oakley, NSWM 1st Year Policy Fellow

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you work? A: LeeAnn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker supporting practice transformation at Arkansas Children’s Patient Centered Medical Home, an innovative Medicaid funded program seeking to improve the health of kids and reduce preventable hospital admissions for chronic medical conditions including Asthma. LeeAnn completed her undergraduate... Read more »

“The Grand Challenges of Social Work and the Macro Practitioner” By Tamara Hunter

The Grand Challenges for Social Work is one of the most important and exciting initiatives in the history of our profession.  Introduced in 2016 by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the aptly named Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI) initiative includes the following bold and ambitious goals. Ensure healthy development... Read more »

Interview with Neva Wallach, NSWM 1st Year Policy Fellow

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you work? A: Neva is a graduate student at the USC School of Social Work’s Social Change and Innovation Department and will be earning her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in May, 2018. She is currently a full-time intern with The Hetty Group. Neva is... Read more »

Interview with Lauren Hyre, NSWM 1st Year Policy Fellow

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you work? A: My name is Lauren Hyre, and I am a licensed master social worker. I have a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in Grand... Read more »

“The Importance of Pursuing Professional Development Opportunities” By Kayla Roney Smith

As the world and job market continue to evolve, one thing remains certain: education and work experience are increasingly important but often not enough to land your dream job. I often talk with professionals at all levels of their careers who have experienced frustration related to obtaining their goal position or gaining the skills needed... Read more »

“Millennials as Managers: Overcoming Stereotypes and Promoting Effective Leadership” By Lauren E. Hyre

Millennials as Managers: Overcoming Stereotypes and Promoting Effective Leadership Much to the chagrin of baby boomers and Gen Xers, millennials are moving into management. And they’re doing it despite the stereotypes of selfishness, entitlement, bad work ethic and laziness. Studies have shown, including the Gallup’s How Millennials Want to Work and Live report (Gallup, 2016),... Read more »

“Coalitions: Successes and Pitfalls” by Rihan Issa

Coalitions: Successes and Pitfalls Coalitions are an incredibly powerful means of solving some of the largest issues faced by our community. Convening a group of people or organizations to address one issue from a multitude of perspectives is where the power of coalitions comes from. Before my role as the state coordinator of Campus Vote... Read more »

Interview with Rihan Issa, NSWM 1st Year Policy Fellow

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you work? A: I am a first generation Arab American from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have both a BSW and MSW and still know that there is a lot about our profession that I have yet to know and working to learn. At the start of... Read more »

An Interview with Amy Coombs, NSWM 2nd Year Policy Fellow

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you work? A: My name is Amy Coombs. I grew up in Olympia, Washington and currently reside in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. After working in business/marketing for several years, I obtained an MSW from the University of Southern California (COPA). During graduate school,... Read more »