Social Work Spotlight (September 2015)

Shirley Otis-GreenNASW national board member Shirley Otis-Green was appointed as clinical director of Consulting Services for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.

Otis-Green joins CCCC to expand upon the success of ACP Integration Services — a national consulting service that designs customized advance care planning and palliative care solutions for health care providers.

CCCC is a nonprofit that promotes high-quality, compassionate care for all who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life. As the voice of palliative care in California, CCCC incubates and disseminates models and ideas to improve access to quality care for all people.

“Conversations about advance care planning are crucial for all people, not just the seriously ill, and make a tremendous difference when a person experiences a serious medical event,” Otis-Green said in a statement. “I am passionate about this work and am very excited about joining the excellent team at the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.”

One of her first projects is an advance care planning pilot program for the UCLA Health System, which has the potential to impact thousands of people in Southern California.

Jennifer La JeunesseJennifer La Jeunesse, president of the NASW Idaho Chapter, is the first LCSW in Idaho to earn Certified Medical Practice Executive designation from the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

La Jeunesse is the director of operations of Northwest Neurobehavioral Health, LLC.

The designation of CMPE demonstrates that La Jeunesse has achieved board certification in medical practice management.

Through industry-leading board certification and fellowship programs, ACMPE certifies an individual’s professional competence when she or he passes rigorous essay and objective examinations outlined in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.

These include business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management.

The individual must also earn a minimum of 50 continuing education credit hours.

Stephen Phillippi Jr.Stephen Phillippi Jr. was named acting director of the Louisiana Institute for Public Health and Justice at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, according to an article published in the Healthcare Journal of New Orleans.

The institute is funded through the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative. It was established eight years ago to effect positive changes in the juvenile justice system of Louisiana, the article says.

Phillippi is a licensed clinical social worker and a clinically certified forensic counselor. He has a 20-year history of developing, managing and providing direct-care services along the full range of the juvenile justice system continuum of care.

In his current role with the School of Public Health, Phillippi is a behavioral health and community sciences faculty member who teaches health behavior change and mental health promotion in community health sciences.

He has been a member of the Institute for Public Health & Justice since its inception.

More information about the institute is available at LSU School of Public Health.