Southern California ChapterThe Association of Social Work Leaders in Healthcare, Southern California, was formed in 1968 by a group of hospital social work directors as the Society for Social Work Directors in Health Care. It eventually became the Society for Social Work Administrators in Health Care (SSWAHC), informally affiliated with the national organization of the same name. Our purpose is to provide educational programs, networking and a resource for professionals at all levels in the healthcare social work field. In the past, the Association was aimed primarily at medical social service administrators. In the 1990’s, budgetary cutbacks led to fewer administrative positions and a growing recognition that all healthcare social workers – administrators, supervisors and patient care staff — have leadership functions and ongoing needs for education and support. With this trend, the national organization substituted the word “leaders”, and our local organization followed, becoming the Society for Social Work Leaders in Health Care (SSWLHC).

When the national SSWLHC reorganized in 2010, it decided to formalize its affiliations with local entities like ours and become an official umbrella organization. Our membership wished to remain an independent, local entity, so we changed our name to the Association of Social Work Leaders in Healthcare – Southern California (ASWLH).

ASWLH provides educations programs, resources and networking for professionals (LCSW’s) in health care social work. The ultimate focus is on health care social work and patient care. They also provide scholarships to MSw students.

The benefits of being an ASWLH member include:

  • Group email access for networking, announcements, data/resource sharing
  • Advertising or searching job openings
  • ASWLH Membership Directory
  • Discounted rates at our CEU educational offerings
  • Intensive Workshops
  • Yearly vendor fair to provide networking/resources to health care professionals in the area
  • Scholarship eligibility for a national conference
  • Nominate an emerging leader for a free year’s membership
  • “Bulletin Board” access for news and updates related to our field
  • Opportunity to gain Board experience and further your networking

Fall 2017 Law & Ethics Seminar

Registration will be opening soon.

Board TitleNameCompany
PresidentKristi Harrison,
Valley’s Best Hospice
President ElectIzzette Aragon,
HealthCare Partners
Past PresidentLori Pohl,
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center – Downey
SecretaryElsa Stefanian,
TreasurerYolanda Patton,
NominationsRenee Ortiz,
City of Hope
MSW Student Scholarships CoordinatorKristi Harrison,
Valley’s Best Hospice
CEU/LCSW ConsultantMarcia Penido,
Huntington Memorial Hospital
Membership CoordinatorTracey Bush,
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center – Panorama City
Vendor Fair CoodinatorBill Mejia,
Huntington Memorial Hospital
National LiaisonGina Andres,
Health Essentials
Member Scholarships CoordinatorAmy Donner,
City of Hope National Medical Center

For more information, contact the chapter:

President: Kristi Harrison