Thank you, Social Workers!

During the month of March, we celebrated all our hard-working social workers at UC Health.

by Rosie Ecker

Did you know about all the different kinds of social workers we have here at UC Health?

We have social workers who specialize in the following areas:

  • Solid organ transplant
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Oncology
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Primary care clinic
  • Inpatient and outpatient OB/mom & baby
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Movement disorders
  • Palliative care
  • Inpatient care coordination
  • Inpatient psychiatry
  • Psychiatric emergency (Center for Emergency Care and Psychiatric Emergency Services)
  • Mobile crisis
  • Emergency department

In addition to their routine duties, social workers at UC Health also participate in a variety of activities to benefit our patients. Below are a few examples from this past year:

  • Counseling patients who are in the Perinatal Addictions Services Centering program, who are graduating their second class of moms this month.
  • Partnering with the UC Art Therapy program to bring an art therapy group to multiple sclerosis patients.
  • Assisting a community group to start a support group for families affected by progressive supranuclear palsy, a movement disorder.
  • Obtaining a Kentucky license to participate in telehealth assessments that the kidney transplant program is starting as part of its outreach.
  • Visiting a community clinic with a food pantry program to start exploring ways that we might better serve our patients in food deserts with that social determinant of health.
  • Reinstating the clinical ladder program this year so UC Health will have the benefit of social workers throughout the hospital working on important projects to improve the lives of our patients.
  • Offer training to community agencies and police in de-escalation techniques.
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