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SSWLHC’s Distance Learning Publications are now in Digital Format and FREE to all members!

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Ethics in Health Care (2003)

A careful, thought-provoking examination of philosophic/practical concerns associated with delivery of ethically sensitive health care intervention.  While professions historically acknowledge basic values such as client well-being and dignity, contemporary service delivery environments are ethically challenged as a result of significant economic constraint and increasingly diverse client needs.

Cultural Competence in Health Care Social Work Practice (2005)

Increasing racial, cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity in the United States, coupled with disparities in the incidence of illness and death among people of color presents a challenge to the delivery of needed social and health care services.  Eleven authors examine professional sensitivity to diverse client values, traditions, behaviors and beliefs while designing and delivering health/social services.

Health Care Social Work Leadership in Crisis and Disaster Response (2008)

Response to crises is viewed as providing ethical and practical challenges and opportunities to safeguard public welfare while representing potential turning points for service delivery.  Specific issues and techniques associated with crises and disaster response are examined in detail while realizing the profound impacts experienced on victims, providers, organizations and communities alike.

Senior Services Delivery: Ethical Issues and Responses (2009)

In 2010, one in five United States residents is expected to be aged 65 years or older.  This text examines selected aspects of senior service delivery particularly as client circumstances and interventions pose ethical dilemmas to care providers.   Six authors discuss pertinent policy and practice issues associated with effective delivery of services to elderly, their families and other involved parties. (Karen Neuman, PhD, Co-Editor)

Immigration: Health Care Social Work Policy and Practice Issues (2010)

Explore the unique issues faced by health care professionals as they formulate policy and manage services to immigrants with diverse health care needs ranging from preventative to immediate. With a rich historic background, social work is valuable in responding to service population needs.

The Evolving Practice of Social Work Within Integrated Care (2011)

Eleven authors address practical issues associated with the newest trend in health care – integrated patient care.  Concepts, models, operational considerations and social work skill sets for practice are articulated by professionals experienced in this approach to physical and mental health care.

Education for Health Care Social Work Practice: Issues and Directions (2012)

Health care in significant flux induced by legislated national policy, changing demographics, innovative technologies, physician availability and reimbursement pressures affecting profit and service accessibility.  Ten social work leaders and educators discuss education for health care practice in integrated care environments characterized by changing patient care demands, practice contexts, professional roles and methodologies.

Ethics in Health Care Social Work Practice: Issues and Directions (2014)

The PPACA, enhanced health care interventions, business decisions, increased patient decision-making expectations and rapidly changing demographics are challenging the delivery of ethically sensitive healthcare.  This volume provides an in-depth, thought-provoking examination of these factors on contemporary social work health care practice.

Advocacy in Health Care Social Work Practice (2015)

The eleven authors in this newest text examine advocacy as the basis for social work practice by providing stimulating examples of major initiatives in patient care that were conceived, implemented and/or administered by health care social workers.

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The Social Work in Health Care Journal is available online and free to all SSWLHC Members

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ACS Grant Opportunities
The American Cancer Society, the largest not-for-profit funding source for cancer research, is pleased to invite applications for the following grants to support training, research,  and career development in areas of interest to oncology social workers.

**Applicants must be citizens, non-citizen nationals or Permanent residents of the US.

Funding Opportunities for Social Work Training, Research, and Career Development

Eligibility Award Name & Key ElementsAnnual DeadlineAward Term & Funding
prepared field instructor with 2 years each of supervisory and oncology practice experience.
Master’s Training Grants in Clinical Oncology Social Work:
Awarded to institutions to support training of second year master’s degree students to provide psychosocial services to persons with cancer and their families.
October 15 onlyOne-year awards are made for $12,000 (trainee stipend of $10,000 and $2,000 for faculty/administrative support).
with 1 year of clinical experience in a health care setting. Must be currently enrolled in or applying to a doctoral degree program in an accredited school of social work.
Doctoral Training Grants in Oncology Social Work:
Support graduate students in doctoral programs focused on research related to the psychosocial needs of persons with cancer and their families.
October 15 onlyInitial 2-year grant with annual funding of $20,000 with possibility of 2-year competitive renewal.
Postdoctoral fellows
with 0-4 years fellowship experience at time of expected award.
Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Supports 3 of any of first 5 years of postdoctoral fellowship.
October 15 & April 11 to 3 year grants with progressive stipends of $40,000, $42,000, and $44,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year
institutional allowance.
Junior clinical faculty
within the first 4 years of faculty appointment.
Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research:
Supports mentored clinical, epidemiological, psychosocial, behavioral, health services, or health policy and outcomes research.
October 15 & April 1Awards are for up to 5 years and for a maximum of $135,000 per year plus 8% allowable indirect costs. Up to $10,000 for support of the mentor may be included in the budget.
in the first six years of an independent research career or faculty appointment.
Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control:
Psychosocial and Behavioral Research: Supports research projects in cancer control, psychosocial, and behavioral research, including epidemiologic approaches to psychosocial and behavioral research.

Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control:
Health Policy and Health Services Research: Supports research projects in health services and health policy research.

Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, and Epidemiologic Research:
Supports research projects in basic, preclinical, clinical and epidemiologic research.
October 15 & April 1Awards are for up to 4 years and for amaximum of $200,000 per year, plus 20% allowable indirect costs.

*Requests in excess of $150,000 (direct costs) for basic or preclinical research require a detailed justification.

Program Directors

Training Grants in Oncology Social Work
Virginia Krawiec, MPA, | 404-329-5734 |

Clinical and epidemiologic research
Ralph Vogler, MD, 404-329-7542 |

Cancer control, psychosocial, behavioral, health services, or health policy
Ronit Elk, PhD |404-417-5957 |

For More Information
visit* | 404-329-7558 |

* To access application information, select: Funding Opportunities; Index of Grants.”

Social Work Best Practice Health Care Case Management Standards, written by the Coalition of Social Work Organizations/Associations

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Standards of Care on Violence and Abuse

Social workers in health care are regularly confronted with patient care issues arising from domestic violence and child and elder abuse. Three new standards of care  have been developed to guide social work practice.

Child Abuse/Neglect Standard of Care

Domestic Violence Standard of Care

Elder Abuse/Neglect Standard of Care