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SOW 402 Social Welfare Policy

Policy Scenario #3 – Immigration and Social Justice

You work for Phoenix, an umbrella organization that oversees a group of community programs based on
a model that aims to strengthen community capacity by providing comprehensive health, wellness, and
education services to the community of Hillsdale. Programs within Phoenix include a mental health and
addiction recovery agency, a family medical clinic, a home health care service, and a dialysis unit.
Phoenix also provides health education and prevention including nutrition counseling, family planning,
smoking cessation, and screenings for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, certain
cancers, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Phoenix is funded through a combination of public and private funding. In addition to government
funding such as Medicaid, Phoenix receives contributions from private donors, charities, and other
sources. As payment/reimbursement for services, Phoenix’s programs accept both private insurance and

Hillsdale, the community Phoenix serves, is diverse in terms of income, employment status, family
structure, and racial and ethnic background. According to the recent census data, approximately 20% of
the community is white of European descent, 40% are Black/African American, 30% are Hispanic/LatinX,
4% are Asian/ Asian American, and the remaining 6% represent other backgrounds or declined to
respond. This community does not presently have representation from other demographics including
from Indigenous/Native American populations. The community is predominantly working class and low-
income. Many clients have Medicaid, although some have private insurance. Since Phoenix is in a
Medicaid Expansion state, since 2015, it has seen an increase in the number of Medicaid-eligible clients
over the last 4-5 years. However, there are residents who are still not eligible for Medicaid yet have no
private insurance either. In these instances, some of Phoenix’s programs will offer services on a sliding-
scale fee basis.

Hillsdale has experienced a significant increase in the number of immigrants in the community. Your
supervisor and other leaders at Phoenix have wanted to become more involved both addressing the
needs of immigrants in the community as well as lobbying in Washington to end the Muslim Ban. Yet
lack of resources (financial and personnel) have been an obstacle.

Last week, however, Phoenix received a generous donation to be used to address immigration issues.
The donor wishes to remain anonymous. However, the donor stipulates that the funds must be used for
either serving the needs of immigrants already here in the United States (in Hillsdale) or for lobbying in
Washington against the Muslim Ban. The donor further stipulates that the funds must be used fully for
one or the other of these program options, not both. The donor also promises that if whichevSome Think Tanks and Other Web Resources for Understanding Policies and Policy Issues

· National Association of Social Workers (NASW): click on Advocacy tab

· #macrosw : click on chats AND also see archived chats:

· National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW):

· The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW):
· Social Work Policy Institute:
· Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Social Policy (CRISP)/Congressional Social Work Caucus:
· Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP): “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for low-income people”; “We develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic opportunity, and addressing barriers faced by people of color.”
· The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.
· Pew Research Center: Non-partisan, non-advocacy fact tank
· – find your congressional district and representatives
· http
:// – track the activities of the United States Congress

Think Tanks by general political orientation

Centrist: Brookings institute:

· Heritage Foundation:
· American Enterprise Institute:
· Cato Institute (libertarian) :
· The Hoover Institution

· Center for American Progress:
· Progressive Policy Institute:
· Urban Institute:
· Institute for Policy Studies:
· Categorized think tanks: http

Resources Addressing Specific Policy Areas
· Health Care: Kaiser Family Foundation
· Aging and Care: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):
· Criminal Justice / Mass Incarceration – The Sentencing Project – “Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.”
· – The Brennan Center for Justice – various social justice issues, especially voting rights

· Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: https