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Health and Social Work

SKU# 9780826141637

Practice, Policy, and Research


  • Janna C. Heyman
  • Elaine P. Congress DSW

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This new text illuminates the essential information about health and social work critical to understanding today’s complex health care systems and policies. Chapters highlight current practice, policy, and research in different settings and with special populations. Readers learn how to advocate for the individuals, families, and communities they serve to help improve health and well-being for all. All those interested in micro, mezzo, and macro practices in a health care setting will appreciate this rich resource.

Highlights include:

  • Each chapter speaks to the interconnections between practice, policy, and research and how they are integrated to inform social work and health.
  • Unique chapters dedicated to special populations such as children and families, older adults, immigrants, persons with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities provide a deeper understanding of the health care issues specific to these groups.
  • Thorough coverage of the role of social workers in a variety of settings such as substance abuse, correctional systems, public health, and integrated behavioral health care.
  • An in-depth discussion of the values and ethical issues in a health care environment.
  • An intersectionality lens used throughout promotes a greater understanding of a client’s multiple status of race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, education level, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identification.
  • Detailed case examples developed by professionals in the field in Parts II and III accompanied by discussion questions further enhance an understanding of the issues.
  • Online instructor’s resources including PowerPoints, discussion questions, case studies, and a sample syllabus.

Intended as a core text for MSW and advanced BSW courses on health and social work, social work practice in health care, health and wellness, or integrative behavioral health taught in social work, public health, or gerontology programs, this book is also of value in social work practice courses that focus on health care and special populations. Social workers practicing in the health care field will also appreciate this book.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 26, 2018
  • Page Count 362
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826141637

Table of Contents 





PART I: The Changing Landscape and Social Workers’ Roles

1. Introduction to Health and Social Work

Janna C. Heyman and Linda White-Ryan

2. Ethics and Values in the Health Field

Elaine P. Congress

3. Social Determinants of Health

Janna C. Heyman, Peggy L. Kelly, Gary M. Reback, and Kelsey H. Blumenstock

4. Intersectionality, Social Work, and Health

Abigail M. Ross, Elaine P. Congress, and Sara Matsuzaka

5. Social Work Assessment

Jonathan B. Singer and Ellen Belluomini

PART II: Foci of Health Care

6. Health Promotion and Public Health

Robert H. Keefe and Sandra D. Lane

7. Integrated Behavioral Health Care

Victoria Stanhope, Janna C. Heyman, James Amarante, and Meredith Doherty

8. Substance Misuse, Abuse, and Substance-Related Disorders

Linda White-Ryan

9. Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Cathy Berkman, Gary L. Stein, and Myra Glajchen

10. Correctional Health Care and Psychosocial Care

Tina Maschi, Keith Morgen, Carolyn Brouard, and Jaclyn Smith

PART III: Working With Special Populations

11. Child and Family Health

Abigail M. Ross, Madeline K. Wachman, and Michelle Falcon

12. Health Care and Work With Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Manoj Pardasani and Priscilla D. Allen

13. Health for Immigrants and Refugees

Elaine P. Congress

14. Health and HIV/AIDS

Julie A. Cederbaum, Erik M. P. Schott, and Jaih Craddock

15. LGBT Health

Derek Brian Brown and Peggy L. Kelly

16. Health Care and Disability

Jeanne Matich-Maroney, Ralph Gregory, and Vincent Corcoran

17. Health Care and Serving Veterans

Jose E. Crego and Sharon L. Young

18. Future Directions for Health and Social Work

Lynn Videka and Janna C. Heyman


Related Videos 

Interview with Elaine Congress DSW