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4 Ways to Become a Stronger Advocate for Your Health

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 12, 2022 11:28:48 AM

Today's blog is written by guest blogger, Sharon Wagner, from Senior Friendly.  We truly appreciate her for sharing these helpful insights for our readers. 

Perhaps you've developed a chronic health condition in the past year, or maybe you're simply getting older and attending more checkups and routine doctor's appointments as a result. Knowing when to speak up for yourself when it comes to your health is a valuable skill. Learn more about becoming a stronger advocate for your health in order to maximize your doctor's appointments and get the best out of your treatment.

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Topics: public health, healthcare issues

5 Ways to Be a Health Advocate for Yourself

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 19, 2022 10:45:00 AM

Whether you’ve been struggling to get a diagnosis for mysterious symptoms, or you’re simply trying to get your health back on track, you might feel frustrated by your experiences with doctors. Sometimes, it can be tough to ask for what you really need. Healthcare and social service professionals who use tools like FAMCare can have an easier time managing their patients. In the meantime, these tips can help you learn how to advocate for your own health.

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Topics: public health, healthcare issues

Burnout

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 8, 2021 10:34:31 AM

Health care social workers who support medical professionals are reporting a dramatic increase in burnout in America's nursing community.  They say that the rapidly escalating surge in COVID-19 infections across the U.S. has caused a shortage of nurses and other front-line staff in virus hot spots that can no longer keep up with the flood of unvaccinated patients and are losing workers to burnout.

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Topics: public health, healthcare, what social workers do, Covid-19, Pandemic, social issues

Too Much Pride....

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 25, 2021 10:45:00 AM

On a recent call with a professor in the social work department at a large Eastern university, we asked him what he saw as the human race's most vexing social problem. His answer was fascinating and quite unexpected. Below find excerpts from that conversation.

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Topics: Special Reports, education, public health, social issues

The Ethics of Arbitrage

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 16, 2020 10:05:25 AM

The nation's health care system is once again faced with overwhelming need pressing against limited resources. Medical professionals, including health care social workers, are forced to make hard choices that test the ethical boundaries of medical arbitrage. The scenarios below are all real-life situations communicated to GVT by health care social workers in the past month.

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Topics: social workers, public health, healthcare, Covid-19

Beyond Global Warming

Posted by GVT Admin on Sep 17, 2019 7:30:00 AM

The climate change debate has centered on global warming for the last 10 years. Because the science tends to be arcane and somewhat opaque, the debate has become clouded with opinion rather than fact. However, the impact of severe weather events cannot be ignored.

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Topics: Special Reports, public health, social issues

Transitioning from Fee-For-Service To Value-Based Healthcare

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 4, 2019 12:55:50 PM

The United States has the highest costs for healthcare of any industrialized nation and some of the worst health outcomes. The traditional fee-for-service model of delivery and payment is now seen as an ineffective model in terms of health and well-being. It is considered part of the reason the United States has such a poor healthcare ranking.

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Topics: public health, healthcare, healthcare issues

Public Health Social Workers Speak Out

Posted by GVT Admin on May 14, 2019 3:31:29 PM

Our recent blog on the true cost of healthcare ignited a robust response from social workers who specialize in public health. This relatively new but growing social work specialty stresses a socio-epidemiological approach to the prevention and management of the chronic diseases that plague our society.

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Topics: human services, social services, social workers, public health, healthcare, healthcare issues

The Truth About the Cost of Healthcare

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 18, 2019 11:58:49 AM

The healthcare debate rages on. Politicians on both sides of the aisle insist that they have the answer to the staggering cost of healthcare in the United States, but no concrete solutions have emerged. One party tends to favor socialized medicine while the opposition, agreeing that healthcare should be available to all citizens, hasn’t figured out how to pay the staggering bill.

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Topics: social workers, public health, healthcare, healthcare issues

Social Workers As Civic Leaders

Posted by GVT Admin on Feb 7, 2019 2:21:27 PM

It is a serious misperception to view social workers as low paid civil servants who push paper on behalf of the less fortunate and perhaps undeserving. Social workers occupy a unique position in our social fabric.

From the very outset, the history of social work is populated with empathetic leaders who, upon discovering profound human suffering, not only offered a helping hand but immediately set out to change the social conditions contributing to the suffering. Social work's earliest pioneers - Florence Kelley, Alice Hamilton, Julia Lathrop, Sophonisba Breckinridge, and Grace and Edith Abbott, among others—laid the foundation of the profession's social leadership role and, to this day, this inclination to activism sets social workers apart from other civil servants.

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Topics: mental health, education, social workers, public health, human kindness

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