Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

NASW urges CDC to refrain from using censorship of certain words

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was deeply troubled when it was widely reported that budget employees for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were told by their leadership that in preparing their FY2019 budgets, they could not use seven specific words and phrases. 

The offensive words include vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based.This is extremely problematic because the targeted words help to describe populations and quality control standards that are essential for managing threats to the nation’s public health and well-being. Removing these words from being a part of the necessary terminology of public health professionals serves no useful purpose — and runs counter to our democratic principles. This perplexing directive only leads to confusion and raises concerns that the Trump administration puts politics ahead of the important work done by the CDC.

The sense of distrust is compounded by the fact that this is not the first time, over the past 11 months, that federal agencies have forbidden its employees to use selected words or phrases. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have received an edict not to use the words environment, health, pollution, endangered, and climate change.

It is without a doubt that the prohibition of these words represents blatant attempts to censor language that does not conform with environmental and public health philosophies of officials in the Trump administration. These attacks on science do not serve the interests of the American people and inhibit the mission of these federal agencies.

Therefore, NASW insists that the administration direct its department secretaries and agency administrators to refrain from using censorship to negate scientific findings and subjugate policy views with which they disagree.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

WV Substance Use Response Plan - Six regional public forums to review and provide feedback begin Oct 15

Six public meetings will be held 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (on-site registration opens at 4:00 pm) on the following dates: 

•    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Beckley
Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
•    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg, Multipurpose Room 1536, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
•    Monday, October 21, 2019 – Charleston
University of Charleston, Ballroom (3rd Floor Geary Student Union), 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25304
•    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Martinsburg
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Training Center, 510 South Raleigh Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
•    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Wheeling
Wheeling University, Swint Hall Troy Theater, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
•    Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Fairmont
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554


Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment during the review process, may be submitted during one of the six public meetings. Pre-registration at is recommended but not required. On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm.

Attendees can download and review a summary of the plan prior to the meeting. Those who are unable to attend can download the plan and provide online feedback.  All feedback must be received by October 25, 2019.