Health

Social work is an integral component of the U.S. health care system. Social workers are present in settings across the health care continuum, providing services to individuals and families throughout the lifespan, and addressing the full range of bio-psychosocial issues that impact well-being. 

Social workers play a critical role in advocating for policies that reduce health disparities and improve access to health care, especially for vulnerable populations. Get tools, information, and resources to enhance social workers’ capacity to improve the health of patients, families and communities.

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NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks for the services that social workers should provide, that employers should support, and that consumers should expect.

See NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines

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Join the Health Specialty Practice Section for practice-specific professional development opportunities, newsletters, continuing education credits and more.

Visit the Health Specialty Practice Section

NASW Research Library


NASW research library


Find resources that support your social work practice, with access to robust databases from allied organizations.

Visit the Research Library


MyNASW Community

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Connect with your peers, share expertise and turn knowledge into action.