On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Pennsylvania State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky delivered a lecture on the ways in which civic engagement—or its absence—affects the issues of social justice that frequently arise in the fields of public health and social work.
Before the lecture, Krueger-Braneky spoke with the College of Public Health on civic engagement, why policymakers should pay more attention to social workers, and her experience with students in the School of Social Work, some of whom have interned in her office.
“I think there are so many issues where a social work perspective is valuable: healthcare, criminal justice, anything related to kids and schools, the opioid crisis, mental health issues, domestic violence; the list goes on and on. I think we need social workers weighing in now more than ever,” she said.
Before her election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2015, Krueger-Braneky helped develop independent businesses across the country at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. She also has served as executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, where she helped attract federal green jobs funding to the Philadelphia area.