VA Maryland Health Care System
Letter to the Editor - March is Social Work Month
More than any other profession in the human service field, social workers constitute an invisible army making enormous differences in the lives of millions of Americans. In just about every arena, social workers help individuals and families build support and empower them to improve their lives. March is Social Work Month, a time to remember and thank social workers for their tireless diligence in tackling persistent social issues such as poverty, lack of access to education and health care, as well as connecting individuals to appropriate community resources and giving voice to the vulnerable and helpless. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link—as the saying goes—and social workers focus on strengthening those who need services the most. Throughout the history of their profession, social workers have accomplished an array of great social changes such as establishing the 5-day workweek, abolishing child labor, developing protective services for vulnerable adults and children, and advancing Women’s and Civil Rights, among others.
At the VA Maryland Health Care System, an army of skilled social workers serve Veterans in a variety of capacities. From helping Veterans to transition from the military back into civilian life, from the justice system into the community, and from their own homes to community-based long term care facilities, social workers provide the necessary tools that enable Veterans to live as they want in their own communities.
VA social workers serving homeless Veterans partner with the Baltimore’s Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness that connects Department of Housing and Urban Development, VA and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness to community leaders who are uniquely positioned to accelerate programs in their communities. With the help of social workers, the partnership enables all the agencies to work together to eliminate duplication, establish leadership and decision making, set clear goals and timelines, create accountability, employ core evidence-based strategies, and deploy effective communication plans that will help to immerse Veterans in key services so that no Veteran is left behind.
It’s a challenge to list all the robust programs that social workers support as vital members of our patient-centered health care teams throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System. Social workers provide Veterans and their family members with the guidance and support they need to create positive change in their lives on a daily basis.
The VA Maryland Health Care System celebrates and thanks the army of social workers whose commitment to excellence enables our Veteran patients to achieve their highest potential. We also encourage Veterans and their family members to contact our Social Work Service at 410-605-7281 to see how our social workers can address their needs.
Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD,
Acting Director, VA Maryland Health Care System