SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
On September 25 the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) hosted the White House briefing, "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education." Professors James Lubben, Ruth McRoy, and Marylou Sudders attended as representatives of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
The briefing explored the role of social work education within the context of the nation's shifting demographics and the provision of health care for all, the implications of and expectations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), national policies for mental health services, and the development of a health care workforce to meet the needs of the nation. The event featured officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 140 leaders from the social work education, social work, mental and behavioral health, and health care communities attended the briefing.
"The health care briefing at the White House highlighted social work's critical role in addressing the broad spectrum of health needs of youth, adults, and elders," said Professor Marylou Sudders. "Emphasis was put on the key roles social workers will play in addressing health care disparities as well as performing important patient navigator and clinical care management roles as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act."