A mission of NASW is to support the advancement of the social work profession in all settings: academia, business, child welfare, clinical, community, criminal justice, educational, government, health, hospitals, industry, mental health, planning, public health, private practice, policy development, and victim services. The Iowa Chapter is a resource for social workers in Iowa. 

The Iowa Chapter works to advance the quality of social work practice, improve the knowledge required for such practice and promote professional development to improve practice. One role the Iowa Chapter assumes is the monitoring of licensure of Iowa social workers. The Chapter continues to advocate on behalf of the profession but also strives to assure ethical practice in Iowa. NASW-IA serves as a voice for social workers and their clients with both the legislative and the executive branches of the state government.