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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Social Work in Health Care

For a Special Issue on
Social Work Practice Innovation and Social Determinants of Health: Social Work Expertise for Achieving Health Equity

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Suzanne Marmo, Sacred Heart University School of Social Work
[email protected]

Vickie Leff, UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work
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Social Work Practice Innovation and Social Determinants of Health: Social Work Expertise for Achieving Health Equity

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are those conditions in which people live and work that impact quality-of-life and healthcare outcomes. The problems created by social determinants are largely considered avoidable and correctable with appropriate identification and intervention aimed at improving a wide range of conditions, including education, housing, substance use, employment, structural racism, environmental sustainability and other social conditions that negatively impact health equity and contribute to decreased life expectancy.

Healthcare social workers are experts in providing psychosocial care yet are rarely asked to help create policy or identify solutions to improve health equity in the political realm or in our healthcare systems.  Now more than ever, promising social work practice, policy and research in needed to improve health equity and correct disparities caused by social determinants.

Social Work in Healthcare invites submission for a Practice Innovation Special Issue entitled Social Work Practice Innovation and Social Determinants of Health: Social Work Expertise for Achieving Health Equity.  In this issue, we hope to expand our understanding of the complex intersectionality of SDOH, inequity, racism and health outcomes. We welcome submissions that use innovative social work perspectives to advance understanding of the effects of SDOH on health and well-being, provide evidence-based strategies for the education and clinical practice of social workers and other health care professionals, and/or discuss programs or interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of SDOH.  Papers reporting quality improvement or program evaluation of initiatives that address SDOH and health outcomes (e.g., advocacy, policy development, practice changes) are also welcome.

We are seeking articles that illustrate the ways in which social work health care practice has shifted, expanded, and mobilized in new and innovative ways to address upstream social determinants, provide immediate assistance, and demonstrate social work leadership.  We are also seeking articles describing innovations to social work practice that are inclusive of a clinical or descriptive program evaluation lens, inclusive of practice models, policies, protocols, or organizational structures that have been used and modified to respond to the historical and ongoing SDOH in all communities.

Submission Instructions

Examples of articles can include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies that evaluate innovative social work practice to improve health equity in healthcare systems.
  • Studies describing innovations or shifts in social work practice to better assess and intervene to correct SDOH
  • Studies implementing public health social work approaches to prevention and health promotion to address SDOH.
  • Studies that examine the experiences of social workers at all levels (e.g., front line, managerial, leadership) in providing care to better address SDOH.
  • Exemplars of practice models, policies, protocols, and organizational structures that address and respond effectively to patient or populations impacted by SDOH
  • Accounts of direct practice social worker experience in addressing SDOH and psychosocial needs
  • Application of interprofessional communication strategies that can be used to address SDOH education and needs in healthcare systems.

Submissions are due by March 31, 2023.

Authors should follow the guidelines for writing articles for Social Work in Health Care:

https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=wshc20

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