Strategies for Strengthening Health Care Social Work in the Health Reform Era

Stacy Collins, MSW


Practice Perspectives


As the U.S. health care system undergoes rapid change, health care social work is also transforming at a swift pace. Under the auspices of NASW and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC), social work leaders and health expertsi from around the nation convened in Washington, DC on February 25th 2013, to discuss the current state of health care social work and develop recommendations for strengthening this fundamental area of practice. Meeting participants represented practice settings across the health care continuum including, acute care, behavioral health, oncology, palliative and hospice care, pediatrics, primary care, public health, and veteran’s health.

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