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Public Health Social Work

The Public Health Social Work Section:

  1. Establishes standards for social work in health care settings.
  2. Contributes to the development of public health social work practice and research.
  3. Promotes social work programs in the public health field.

Some of us are social workers working in public health settings, some are public health professionals interested in social work and still others are professionals who pursued both MSWs and MPHs, in combined programs or at different times.

The mission of the Public Health Social Work Section is to advocate for the health and wellbeing of all populations (particularly vulnerable populations), educate communities about the role and importance of public health social workers, mentor public health social worker so that they can strengthen their service to the public, and share best practices with other professional groups.

The Public Health Social Work Section promotes evidence-based practice and translational research using socio-epidemiologic approaches. The section advocates and collaborates with vulnerable populations and stakeholders, while seeking health and social equity nationally and globally. Our members practice across all systems of care and levels of social ecology. We partner with other Sections to improve the health status and social functioning of populations across the life-span. This is done through engagement in culturally affirming practice at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.