Annual Conference

The first annual Social Work & Health Convening brought together a diverse set of participants from social work, research, education, policy, and practice who are involved in building capacity of social work to address issues of health care access, quality, and cost.


On January 9, 2017, the 2017 Social Work & Health Convening: State of Our Knowledge, State of Our Training brought together a diverse set of participants from social work research, education, policy, and practice who are involved in building capacity of social work to address issues of health care access, quality, and cost.

A variety of speakers highlighted program development and advocacy efforts that aim to advance social work’s presence in improving health outcomes and enhancing the healthcare system’s ability to promote health. The conference agenda and speaker slides can be viewed here. A brief summary of salient points from the day follows:


  1. To review and assess the state of social work knowledge, practice and educational in health policy and practice;
  2. To identify emerging models of service delivery addressing social determinants of health and optimizing health and social service integration;
  3. To contribute to ongoing effort to increase capacity of health social work to contribute to improving Nation’s health.




1 Opening Remarks pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video 
2 Improving Quality by Addressing Social Determinants and Reducing Acute Care Utilization – Robyn Golden pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video
3 Improving Access to Quality Health Care – Julie Darnell pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video
5 Costs and Outcomes of Health Social Work: Toward the Learning Health System – Sarah Bachman & Gail Steketee pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video 
6 Social Work and Accountable Care Organizations – Tom D’Aunno pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video 
7 Social Work and the Integration of Health and Behavioral Health:  What Have We Learned – Sean Lynch pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video 
8 Bridging Health and Social Services – Paul Kuehnert pdf-512_0.png slides  Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video 
9 Social Work and Models of Interprofessional Education – Teri Browne & Darla Spence Coffey pdf-512_0.png slides (part Ipart II) Video-Icon-PNG-Clipart_thumb_1.png video
10 Graduate Program in Health Administration & Policy – Colleen Grogan pdf-512_0.png slides
11 Recurring Themes and Next Steps: Research, Training and a National Academies Consensus Report – Sarah Domnitz, Lynn Videka & Darrell Wheeler pdf-512_0.png slides