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Editor's e-Note
From all sectors of the profession, social workers have stepped up big time during the pandemic. At the forefront of social justice and facilitators of human compassion, these everyday heroes have overcome numerous hurdles to elevate the lives of others during this unprecedented time.

In celebration of Social Work Month, this month’s E-Newsletter spotlights several of the contributions made by social workers, including adapting to telehealth on the fly and making a difference in oncology care.

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— Lee DeOrio, editorial director
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How Social Workers Can Adapt to Teletherapy
By Sarah Gaffey, LCSW

By nature, social workers are facilitators of change and transformation. Not only do they have the overall goal to positively transform patients’ well-being, but they do so by continually leveraging and adapting to their evolving and complex social systems. This past year, the pandemic spotlighted social workers’ adaptability, creativity, and flexibility as the world went under lockdown and behavioral health concerns rose. Social workers were forced to change and shift perspective practically overnight as they navigated how to best support the growing need for mental health services, while living and learning alongside patients in this novel, unknown environment.

Telehealth quickly became a crucial part of almost every health care provider’s operations, whether everyone in the industry was ready for it or not. Prior to COVID-19, there was some resistance around the idea that virtual appointments could provide the same quality of care as an in-person visit. In addition, some social workers faced difficulty finding proper telehealth training or solving other logistical issues, like ensuring the technology and devices they used were HIPAA compliant. However, even those who had previously been resistant to teletherapy pivoted to embrace this new skill set and format in order to reach the needs of their patients. Many clinicians had to quickly adapt and operate remotely, while ensuring they continued to deliver effective quality care.

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Salute to Social Work Month
Self-Care: Essential PPE for Essential Social Workers
By Veronica Molina, DSW, LMSW, ACSW, and Nicole Willis, PhD, LMSW

Social workers are essential! This is the central theme of Social Work Month in 2021. It’s a fitting description for social workers this year. During the pandemic, social workers have fought through the unique stresses of being frontline workers, managing blurred boundaries at home, balancing work and family, working through the drought of isolation, caring for loved ones who were infected with COVID-19, and even witnessing close family, friends, and community members lose their battle with the virus. And yet, as we experience this ourselves, we find the strength and creativity to deliver essential services to our clients and client systems.

Social workers have not just been in the trenches during the pandemic—they have also gained national attention through the presidential appointments made by the new Administration. The essential contributions social workers make in the lives of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities has been acknowledged at the national level through the appointments of several social workers, such as Meg Kabat (transition team for the VA), Jared Bernstein (Council of Economic Advisors), and Wendy Sherman (Deputy Secretary of State).

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Industry Insight
Study Sheds Light on Vaccine Acceptance Among Sexual and Gender Minorities

Equitable implementation of COVID‐19 vaccine delivery is a national and global priority, with a strong focus on reducing existing disparities and not creating new disparities. But while a framework has been recognized for equitable allocation of COVID‐19 vaccine that acknowledges the rights and interests of sexual and gender minorities (SGM), it fails to identify strategies or data to achieve that goal.

A new study with support from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) examined the prevalence of COVID testing and diagnosis and assessed COVID‐19 vaccine acceptance among a large national sample of SGM. It showed that medical mistrust, social concern, and race were significantly associated with decreased COVID‐19 vaccine acceptance by SGM participants. Results have been published in the article “COVID‐19 Vaccine Acceptance Among an Online Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Men and Transgender Women” in the journal Vaccines.

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