MCHD observes Social Work Month

March 23, 2022

MCHD observes Social Work Month

MOBILE, Alabama — Social Work Month is observed each March. Michelle Bernard, the Clinic Administrator for our Ryan White Program, has submitted the following article:

Social workers are advocates to individuals, families, and communities who are unable to advocate for themselves. Social workers empower individuals to function on their own in society by starting where the client is and developing individualized case plans to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Not only do Social Workers provide linkage to care, but they also follow up to measure the client’s success and adjust where needed. Social workers are an important part of the Patient Centered Medical Home team and often provide the most important feedback to the team about the client.

Social workers wear many hats and provide many services that often go beyond their normal job duties. Social workers are multifaceted, meaning they also provide direct care as a therapist in a clinical setting. They can be found in different settings, such as your local health department, schools, hospitals, court, and shelters just to name a few.

Social workers are the voice for those who have no voice. Their roles are essential in improving the human well-being and helping individuals meet their basic needs. Empathy and compassion are key to a Social Worker’s success and professional fulfillment.

The profession of Social Work is a vital part of helping individuals reach their full potential and goals. So, the next time you see a Social Worker, give them a high five.

In the photo are Social Workers at the Keeler Memorial Building. From left to right are Ashonda Reese, Velma Thomas, Ashley Hines, Reba Pendleton, and Helen Guthrie.