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NCSI Coalition Clinical Practice Forum #4: The Social Work Picture: Serious Illness, Quality of Care, and Advocacy

This unique forum highlights how Social Work plays a critically important role in ensuring quality of care for anyone with serious illness, their caregivers, their families, and their communities.


Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, APHSW-C
School of Social Work Head, NC State University

Kay Castillo, BSW
Director of Advocacy, Policy & Legislation, NASW-NC Chapter

Christine Lau, RN, LCSW, APHSW-C
VP of Serious Illness Operations and Care Management, Teleios Collaborative Network

Vickie Leff, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C
Executive Director, APHSW Certification Program
Adjunct Instructor, UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill

Allie Shukraft, MSW, MAT, APHSW-C
Social Worker, Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital
Twitter: @SWHPN and @Alifrumcally

Moderator: Christopher Morrissette, NCSI Clinical Practice Work Group Leader

Resources Shared from Panel and Participants


Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network: www.swhpn.org

Advanced Palliative and Hospice Social Work https://aphsw-c.org/

Info on NASW Credentials: https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Credentials-Certifications/Apply-for-NASW-Social-Work-Credentials

www.aphsw-c.org for information about the certification.

PRAPARE assessment tool on www.NACHC.org, I believe



An “older” but excellent SDOH text: Marmot, M., & Wilkinson, R. G. (2006). Social determinants of health (2nd ed.). New York:Oxford University Press

Free, article on SDOH: Am J Prev Med. 2017 January ; 52(1 Suppl 1): S5–S12. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.09.010.The Social Determinants of Chronic DiseaseWilliam C. Cockerham, PhD1, Bryant W. Hamby, MA1, and Gabriela R. Oates, PhD2

SWHPN will hold virtual summits one Friday afternoon a month from April through November. Info can be found at www.swhpnsummit.org.

Here’s a link to the Domains: https://www.nationalcoalitionhpc.org/ncp/

Website for the PRAPARE assessment: NHACHC.org

Dr. Bullock’s discussion makes me think of this story that I heard a few days ago that was a helpful historical perspective: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/03/23/974059870/stop-blaming-tuskegee-critics-say-its-not-an-excuse-for-current-medical-racism

Dr. Bullock really lead the charge to update the NASW Code of Ethics and the part about Cultural Competence. Be on the lookout for the updates to the NASW Code of Ethics soon

Great resource for personal educations: Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad.

There is also a podcast called “The Clinical Problem Solvers” that has a series called Antiracism in Medicine. It is a wonderful resource for many of us to gain perspective.

Other great podcasts include “It comes with Living” hosted by a palliative and oncology APHSW-C and LCSW; “Grief Out Loud” from The Dougy Center, a pediatric bereavement Center in OR, and GeriPal, a palliative care blog and podcast.