Health Committee

Health Social Work Advocacy Committee

The Health Advocacy Committee is comprised of social workers who have an interest in advancing the practice of healthcare Social Work. Its dual focus is advocacy for the role of Social Work in healthcare and advocacy for clients in the healthcare system.

Chair:Fiona Lewis

Read the Terms of Reference

Discharge into Homelessness Survey Results
In 2019, the Health Advocacy Committee conducted a survey of social workers working in acute healthcare settings across the province to better understand the practices related to the discharge of homeless individuals from hospital. We specifically wanted to know the extent to which vulnerable patients were being discharged to unsafe or unhealthy locations as well as the perspectives of social workers in relation to how practice in this area could be improved. Over 120 social workers responded to the survey. Highlights of their responses are depicted in this infographic. We are working on publishing an article exploring all our findings in the fall of 2020.

Download The Role of Social Workers on the Health Care Team, an information sheet to distribute to program decision-makers, managers

Join a growing number of communities and organizations who are calling on Health Minister Adrian Dix to help meet BC’s primary health care needs by supporting Community Health Centres (CHCs).
This template letter of support is available to use when composing your letter.

The Health Advocacy Committee advocates for more affordable housing and preventing homelessness. Please see our letter to the BC Housing Minister as well as our evaluation of the recently announced national housing strategy. You can assist our efforts by using this template to send a letter on this issue to your own Member of Parliament.

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