7, Issue 1
Social Welfare Policy
The Newsletter of the
Social Welfare Policy and Policy Practice Group
Lifetime Achievement Award
Alfred J. Kahn, Professor Emeritus, Special
Research Scholar and Special Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work,
has been named to receive the Social Welfare Policy and Policy Practice Group Lifetime
Ronald Dear, chair of the Selection Committee, said the committee
considered at least two dozen potential recipients before deciding on Dr. Kahn.
"We feel that Al Kahns extraordinary fruitful career
needs to be recognized. Dr. Kahns contribution to the field spans over a
half-century of consistent achievement. His positive impact on social welfare policy in
the United States and throughout the world is impossible to measure."
Rick Hoefer, president of the Policy and Policy Practice Group,
echoed Dears assessment. "Dr. Kahn, singly and with collaborators such as Dr.
Sheila Kamerman, has influenced every social policy scholar in the United States, and many
more overseas. Dr. Kahns productivity has been extraordinary: his vita lists over 30
books, 250 monographs, articles and book chapters."
The award will be presented to Dr. Kahn, in abstentia, at the
Council for Social Work Annual Program Meeting in Dallas on March 9, when the Policy and
Policy Practice Group meets. Dr. Kahn, who will not able to attend the meeting, notes
"While I have been similarly honored by NASW (1996) and CSWE (1990), I regard and
value the selection by the policy and Policy Practice Group as recognition by my policy
peersand thus special. Please thank the members for me since I shall not be able to
attend in Dallas."
|Born February 8, 1919, Alfred J. Kahn received a B.S.S.
in 1939 from the City College of New York. After serving in the US Army Air Force from
1942-1945, he earned a M.S. from the Columbia School of Social Welfare in 1946, followed
in 1952 with a Doctor of Social Welfare Degree, also from Columbia University. He began
teaching at Columbia in 1947 as an instructor, moving upward in rank quickly: in 1947 Kahn
became an assistant professor, associate professor in 1952 and professor in 1954.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted in 1999. This award is to be
presented to a social worker who has made a significant, sustained contribution to the
advancement of the study or practice of social policy.
The first award was presented at the 1999 CSWE APM at the joint
meeting of the Policy and Policy Practice Group and Influencing State
Policy. It was given to Bruce S. Jansson. The award given to Dr. Kahn will be
the second time the Policy and Policy Practice Group has bestowed its highest honor.
President Rick Hoefer hopes the award will continue to be given.
"There is no lack of people who deserve this honor. Starting this award, so that the
social work policy community has a formal way of recognizing their own, is an important
step forward. With each year, the award should be seen as an even greater honor than it is
now. We would like to develop a Web page to immortalize the careers of award recipients
Welfare Policy & Policy Practice Group Meeting at CSWE-APM
The members of the Policy and Policy Practice Group and anyone else
who is interested in attending should come to the PPPG membership meeting to be held in
Dallas in conjunction with the CSWE APM. The meeting will be held Friday, March 9 at
12:00 p.m. (noon) in Majestic 2. We look forward to seeing you there.
Agenda items include electing a new Policy and Policy Group
President, an update on the Social Policy Journal and planning for the 2002 Policy and
Policy Practice Symposium.
"The time of the meeting should facilitate
participation by members and interested others (who can become members at the
meeting)" according to group president Rick Hoefer. "Some years we receive a 7
a.m. time slot. That really reduces peoples desire to attend!" While no food
will be served, Hoefer hopes for a good turnout to help map the organizations
Welfare Policy & Policy Practice Group Symposium Papers at 2001 CSWE-APM
Symposia Co-Chairs, Peg Pittman-Munke and Rick Hoefer, announce an
exciting list of presenters at the 2001 APM. The chairs wish to thank all who submitted
papers to the symposium and hope you will continue. Below is the final list of
presentations for the symposium.
Sandra Butler, University of Maine, "Evaluating a
Post-Secondary Education Program for Welfare Recipients."
Elizabeth Lightfoot, University of Minnesota, "The
Policy Borrowing Model: A Tool to Promote Successful Social Welfare Policymaking."
Richard Hoefer and Catheleen Jordan, University of
Texas at Arlington, "Home and Work: Family Friendly Policies in Human Services
Margaret Sherraden, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Betsy
Slosar, Missouri Association of Social Work, and Antonia Chastain, University
of Missouri at St. Louis, "Community Economic Development (CED): Taking
Stock of Policy Innovation."
Johnny Jones and Wendy Crook, Florida State
University, "Social Welfare Policy and Homelessness: One Familys Story."
University, Robert Schneider, Virginia Commonwealth
University, and Sunny Harris Rome, George Mason University, "Survey of
Social Workers as State Legislators: New Resources for Policy Education."
Katherine Byers, Indiana University, Dwight Hymans,
Ball State University and Marion Wagner, Indiana University, "400 Voices at
the Statehouse: Empowering Students in Policy Practice
Faculty Development Institutes at APM
Four faculty development institutes at the 2001 Annual Program
Meeting of CSWE will be of special interest to members of our group. All of the Institutes
take place on Thursday, March 8, 2001.
From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Deborah Page-Adams (University of Kansas)
and Michael Sherraden and Elizabeth Johnson (Washington University) will present Asset-Building
Anti-Poverty Strategies: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice in Social Work
Education. According to CSWE materials, this institute provides participants with
overviews of asset-building theory, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs); federal and
state asset-based policies and policy proposals ;and two national IDA policy
During the afternoon of March 8, Susan Fineran, Rebecca Bolen and
Mary Urban-Keary (Boston University) will present Community Build: An Experiential
Exercise for Teaching about Oppression and Empowerment. This institute describes the
use of a simulation called "Community Build" to teach about social injustice and
Teaching Aging Content in Practice and Policy is the
title of the institute presented from 1 to 4 p.m. by Nancy Kropf (University of Georgia)
and Robert Schneider (Virginia Commonwealth University). This institute will provide an
overview of practice and policy issues that can be used to increase aging content in the
curriculum. It will highlight content on normative ageing, at-risk and problem situations
with older clients. In addition, policy content will include political strategies to
impact policy for older adults, and specific eligibility and entitlement programs for the
Yolanda Padilla (University of Texas at Austin) will present the
institute called Community Based Research in Policy Analysis and Practice, also
from 1 to 4 p.m. The purpose of this institute is to consider the potential of
community-based research for enhancing traditional method of research in all phases of
social policy analysis and practice.
All of these CSWE Institutes will offer something of value to macro
social work educators and to policy faculty in particular.
POLITICS, POLICY AND SOCIAL CHANGE:
An Institute for
Social Work Educators and Practitioners
"Politics, Policy, and Social Change" (The Policy
Conference) will be convened by the College of Social Work at the University of South
Carolina. This year's conference will be held in Charleston, SC from June 16 -19, and
proposals will be accepted until April 1. Influencing State Policy will present the awards
for the annual State Policy Plus contest at the conference luncheon on June 18th. The
conference brochure/call is available online at www.sc.edu/cosw/polconf2001.html
and online registration is available at www.pware.com/2118
The Policy conference offers an unique opportunity to learn
approaches to teach policy and policy analysis. This year a concerted is being made to
include social action and advocacy groups so that educators and those in the "front
lines" of social change can collaborate. This is also a great opportunity for those
who are already teaching, directing, and coordinating efforts to influence state policy to
network with other educators and practitioners.
POLICY JOURNAL COMING IN 2002
The first issue of the Social Policy Journal, the official journal
of the Policy and Policy Practice Group, is scheduled to be distributed in January, 2002.
"We are right on target for our first issues
publication," reports Rick Hoefer, editor. "We have an outstanding editorial
board, interesting articles, and a growing sense of excitement that the only American
journal devoted to social policy will soon be launched."
The Social Policy and Policy Practice Group is always trying to do
something with almost nothing. What we (those who volunteer to keep the APM symposium
running, the electrons moving in the right places and all these types of things that
promote the study of policy-making and politics in social work) ask in return for this
effort is that you send in a check for $35. This should be made out to Rick Hoefer
(Policy and Policy Practice Group), and sent to Rick Hoefer, School of Social Work,
Box 19129, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019.
We have recently enhanced the benefits you receive for your
membership dues. First, you get a subscription to the Social Policy Journal,
the only American journal devoted to social policy issues and the official journal of the
Social Policy and Policy Practice Group.
Other benefits include the chance to chair or review papers for the
Social Policy and Policy Practice Symposium at the CSWE APM. The work is not difficult,
and the glimpse you get into the inner workings of CSWE is valuable indeed.
Networking opportunities are enhanced when you attend the CSWE APM
and come to the Policy and Policy Practice Group meeting.
Finally, you get the sense of knowing you did the right thing and
knowing that we will continue to fight the good fight within CSWE to maintain policy as a
vital part of social workers education. As an example, several group members have
been very active, in conjunction with Influencing State Policy, in evaluating the new
EPAS. If you examine the first and second drafts of this document, youll see
considerable changes, driven by the input of policy faculty across the country.
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the call for papers, editorial information, a list of editorial board members and updates
on the status of your manuscript see the official web site of the Social Policy Journal:
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