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Michigan Social Workers Advocate for Change

Monday, April 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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Michigan Social Workers Advocate for Change

NASW-Michigan is proud to announce the official release of two documents which are of great importance to physical health, mental health, and the social work profession.

The first, “Better Health, Better Health Care, and Reduced Costs: Integrating Community Supports into Michigan’s Health Care System,” represent a culmination of an extensive and collaborative effort between NASW-Michigan and multiple community-focused organizations and professionals. In the document, the case is made for establishing a model where social workers, along with community health workers, serve as key players in a primary care team. By joining social workers and community health workers it is possible to operationalize true primary healthcare and enhance the health of individuals and their communities.

The second, “Gaps in Mental Health Care for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Michigan,” makes the case for addressing the gaps in mental health for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. This endeavor is a collaborative effort between NASW-Michigan and representatives from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. This issue was highlighted extensively at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Profession Conference.

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