Posted Monday, December 28, 2015 by Tiffany Himmelreich

Top 5 Northwoods Blog Posts in 2015


Our most-read blog posts of the year are really no surprise to us. Why? They are all about people. Sometimes there is a little tech talk mixed in because we are a technology company for human services, after all. However, if you look close, our readers gravitated to articles that focus on helping people. Enjoy this look back at the top 5 Northwoods blog posts of 2015.


5. 96% of Social Workers Want Mobile Technology

How important is mobile technology in social work? We wanted to learn more so we surveyed members of the National Association of Social Workers and asked two questions, “Do you think mobile technology would help you do your job?” and, “Is mobile technology for social workers a priority for your organization?” The results are in and we found that they confirm our belief in the important role that technology plays in a social worker's life.



4. Why CCWIS is More Than Just Another Policy

There’s been a lot of talk about the next generation child welfare information systems with the proposed Comprehensive Child Welfare Information Systems (CCWIS) from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The proposed rule absolutely opens the door for child welfare agencies to take advantage of today’s innovative technology. Child welfare advocates must consider not just what can we do, but what should we do to protect children?



3. We Make a Life by What We Give

Life is about giving back. It's about being great stewards of the resources we've been provided. As my term as Chairperson comes to an end, I wanted to share how proud I am of being a part of the Northwoods family and a few success stories from my time on the board.



2. Technology Provides Social Workers More Time with Families in Crow Wing County

Faced with increasingly complex cases, budget constraints, and hiring restrictions, Crow Wing County Community Services wanted to help mobile social workers manage their overwhelming amount of paperwork so they could devote more time to families. After implementing Northwoods’ social services software, social workers are spending more face-to-face time with clients, which has improved morale and workers’ ability to protect and strengthen families.



1. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words for New York Caseworkers

No amount of training, resolve, or experience can prepare even the most seasoned caseworker for the emotional turmoil that comes with investigating the death of a child. No matter how much we want to, Northwoods can’t ease the full strain of that type of experience. However, we can help minimize the emotional toll in a small way.