Health Specialty Practice Section

We are social workers in the healthcare profession that address the psychosocial components of health and mental health. Examples of areas of service: acute care, clinical work, depression, case management, pediatrics, chronic care, oncology, aging, substance abuse, advocacy, administration, rehabilitation and public health issues. 

From Health Section Connection:

"In addition to information, many clients require coaching to help them make good decisions about their health. Social workers, therefore, must be attuned to the latest health crazes, as well as current research recommendations, in order to effectively encourage clients to adhere to healthy lifestyle choices, physician appointments, and prescribed medications.

Health Section Committee


  • Karla T. Washington, PhD, LCSW , Columbia, MO, Chair
  • Tammy L. Abbott-Thiel, MSW, LMSW , Phoenix, AZ
  • Julia Winchester Buckey, PhD, ACSW , Lake Mary, FL
  • Lisa D. Rapallo, LCSW, C-SWHC, Long Beach, CA
  • Ruth Anne Van Loon, PhD, MSW, LISW, Cincinnati, OH