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Advance Care Planning

Meredith Stensland, Sara Sanders and Marla Berg-Weger.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online February 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Care of the Elderly; Health, Illness, and Medicine; Social Policy and Advocacy. 7642 words.

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of determining and documenting desired wishes for the end of one’s life. Referred to by such terms as end-of-life planning, advance...

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Affordable Care Act

Stephen H. Gorin, Julie S. Darnell and Heidi L. Allen.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online December 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine; Social Work Macro Practice; Social Policy and Advocacy. 7707 words.

This entry describes the development and key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which instituted a major overhaul of the U.S. health system, much of which...

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African American Social Welfare History

Iris Carlton-LaNey.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online March 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Social Policy and Advocacy; Social Work Practice Settings; Poverty; Race and Ethnicity; Social Justice and Human Rights. 7450 words.

This article discusses the African American social welfare system that began to develop during the early 20th century. This social welfare system, designed by African Americans to serve...

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African Americans: Overview

Larry E. Davis, John M. Wallace and Trina R. Williams Shanks.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Social Policy and Advocacy; Social Work Practice Settings; Poverty; Race and Ethnicity; Social Justice and Human Rights. 8081 words.

African Americans have been a part of the nation's history for nearly four hundred years. Although their history includes the forced imposition of chattel slavery, the strict enforcement of...

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Aging: Public Policy

Jeanette C. Takamura.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Care of the Elderly; Developmental and Physical Disabilities Social Work; Health, Illness, and Medicine; Social Policy and Advocacy; Social Work Practice Settings. 3965 words.

Public policy advances in the field of aging in the United States have lagged compared to the growth of the older adult population. Policy adjustments have been driven by ideological...

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Alaska Natives

Sarah (Hicks) Kastelic.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work; Social Policy and Advocacy; Social Work Practice Settings; Race and Ethnicity. 1415 words.

Alaska Natives represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but reside in more than 229 Native villages and account for 40% of federally recognized tribes. Most Alaska Native communities...

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Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigrants in the United States

Miriam Potocky.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work; Social Work Macro Practice; Social Policy and Advocacy; Race and Ethnicity; Social Justice and Human Rights. 2641 words.

This entry presents introductory information on asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants in the United States, including distinctions among them, major regions of origin, demographic and...

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Bioethics

Larry W. Foster.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work; Practical Ethics; Mental and Behavioural Health; Social Policy and Advocacy; Sociology of Religion. 6784 words.

Bioethics and biomedical ethics are defined. Common bioethical concepts, exemplary moral values, fundamental ethical principles, general ethical theories, and approaches to moral reasoning...

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Charitable Foundations

Helmut K. Anheier and Marcus Lam.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Public Management and Administration; International and Global Issues in Social Work; Social Policy and Advocacy; Occupations, Professions, and Work. 2103 words.

Foundations are private institutions for public benefit. With a long history that reaches back to antiquity, foundations are experiencing a renaissance and increased attention paid to them...

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Community Organization

Jacqueline Mondros and Lee Staples.

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

P ublished online June 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Social Work Macro Practice; Social Policy and Advocacy; Social Justice and Human Rights; Occupations, Professions, and Work. 9003 words.

The authors review the history of community organization, both within and outside social work, describe the various sociological and social psychological theories that inform organizing...

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