Webinar: Elevating "Social Care": Social Work's Role in Driving Healthcare Transformation


When:  Jan 15, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (ET)


Online Instructions:
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Cost: NASW Members:  Free /  Non-Members: $30

CE: 1 Social Work Contact Hour

Presenter:  Karen DeSalvo, MD; Robyn Golden, LCSW; Tamara Cadet, PhD, LICSW, MPH

Social workers for more than a century have been indispensable in advancing the nation’s health, providing much-needed services both within and outside health care settings. Social work brings its distinct person-in-environment framework and behavioral health expertise to interprofessional health care teams, making them instrumental in addressing social risk factors.  Risk factors such as social isolation, food insecurity and unemployment, left unaddressed, can pose major barriers to health. 

Healthcare providers, including the nation’s major health plans, are increasingly being paid based on the results they deliver, specifically, healthier people and healthier populations. To deliver these outcomes, providers are innovating care models to attend to the social risk factors that are key contributors to health (a.k.a. “social care”).  Social workers are playing a leadership role in this much-needed evolution of healthcare delivery.  To accelerate and sustain this transformation, it is essential that there be a sufficient social care workforce, and that technology and financing systems supporting social care-based models are in place.  

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recently studied this issue and outlines its numerous recommendations in Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Healthcare: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health.  

Join us at this webinar on January 15 for a deep dive by three of the study committee members on the study recommendations and what they mean for all social workers, including:

  • Increasing compensation for social care
  • Enlarging scopes of practice 
  • Leading interprofessional teams to address social needs 
  • Developing the evidence base for the value of social care
  • Implementing the financing and technology infrastructure to support social care
  • Driving policies that promote health equity