Why social workers must be at the forefront of the changing healthcare system – #MacroSW 2/15/18 at 9pm EST

I’m looking forward to this week’s #MacroSW chat on 2/15/2018.

#MacroSW

By Alyssa Lotmore

Social workers understand those most in need of, and at risk for, not getting adequate health care. However, we are rarely at the table in the policy and macro settings to help create policy/practice/research that contributes to well-being and health for communities.  As the mindful facilitators of interdisciplinary practice, we must open the conversation to practical steps to ensure that customers of health care, especially those most marginalized have access to and receive preventative and on-going healthcare.

This chat topic was inspired by the Navigator Program, which is hosted by the University at Albany’s (SUNY) School of Social Welfare. In this program, MSW students are hired to assist individuals in navigating the health care enrollment system. They gain the perspective of a varied customer base – those from all socio-economic backgrounds and especially those who social workers would be most likely to serve. The students practice skills, such…

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