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Social work leadership in a medical school: A coordinated, compassionate COVID-19 response
Social Work in Health Care  (IF1.602),  Pub Date : 2021-02-09, DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2021.1885567
Barbara L. Jones, Farya Phillips, Donna Shanor, Heather VanDiest, Qi Chen, Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Cynthia Franklin, Dede Sparks, Cynthia Corral, Jesús Ortega


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the systemic inequities in our health care system and society has called for actions to meet the clinical, psychosocial and educational needs in health care settings and communities. In this paper we describe how an organized Department of Health Social Work in a medical school played a unique role in responding to the challenges of a pandemic with community, clinical, and educational initiatives that were integral to our community’s health.