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Social Work Healthy Democracy Campaign

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Join a community of Schools of Social Work across the nation for the Healthy Democracy Campaign!

What is the Healthy Democracy Campaign?

The Healthy Democracy Campaign (HDC) is a month-long event co-sponsored by Vot-ER and Voting is Social Work that brings together social work students from schools across the country to increase civic engagement and voter access.

First started in 2020 with medical students, Vot-ER partnered with the American Medical Student Association and Med Out the Vote to launch the first ever campaign at medical schools, which led to over 15,000 individuals getting registered to vote or requesting their mail-in ballot!

In October 2020, Vot-ER developed a pilot project with eight schools
of social work. The collective impact of this campaign helped almost 1,000 people get ready to vote!

We are now recruiting students from social work schools for the March 2022 Healthy Democracy Campaign in celebration of Social Work Month!

How does it work?

Vot-ER and VISW provide teams with Healthy Democracy Kits to use as registration tools and the training. Students then use these tools on campus and in their field placements to help get their fellows students, friends, family, and clients ready to vote, earning a point for every visit to their school-specific voter registration page. We also provide additional tools like smartphone lock screens, poster templates and a social media toolkit.

Why schools of social work?

Voting is an intervention at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels that can empower individuals to stand up for causes that have an impact on their lives and the communities they live in. Empowering clients to use their voice at the ballot box can improve their individual health and well-being, as well as strengthen communities and ensure that they have policies that work for all.

The Social Work Healthy Democracy Campaign is an opportunity to empower students to take on leadership roles as well as apply the Code of Ethics and Council on Social Work Education competencies both inside and outside of the classroom. This includes engaging diversity and difference in practice, engaging in policy practice, and engaging with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Want to get involved?

If you are a student or a faculty/dean/administrator and want to learn more about how your school can get involved, email Kristina Whiton-O'Brien, Vot-ER's Director of Partnerships, at kristina@vot-er.org.