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Experts Educate Public About Social Workers, Community Health

NASW Louisiana Executive Director Carmen Weisner, top right, and Tulane University School of Social Work Assistant Professor So'Nia Gilkey, lower right, appeared on the Health Issues 2010 public access TV show with host Christopher Sylvain.

Two influential social workers recently got a chance to inform the public about the role social workers play in improving public health.

Carmen Weisner, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers Louisiana Chapter, and So’Nia Gilkey, DSW, LCSW, an assistant professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work, appeared on Health Issues with host Christopher Sylvain. 

Health Issues 2010 is a half-hour public access television show in New Orleans, which Sylvain said continues to have a public health crisis. Residents in the rest of Louisiana also experience a higher rate of health  problems than citizens in many parts of United States, he said.

Social workers can help address because they have experience working in communities on health concerns, Sylvain said.

“You guys are trained to actually deal with the issues that  are causing New Orleans to be at the bottom of all these indicators,” he told  Weisner and Gilkey. “Social workers can get in and make a difference.”

To watch the Health Issues 2010 episode, which will air in the New Orleans area, click here. And to learn more about how social workers help, visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Health and Wellness Web site by clicking there.

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  1. The general public needs to be educated on all areas in which social workers provide care.

  2. Our society really needs educating about the value of social workers. Most people think we only work for DCFS. But there are so many things we do besides working in health and human services. I have worked with the geriatric population for years and enjoy making an impact in the life of a senior and wished our profession paid more attention to this forgotten about population.

  3. I totally agree with Wendy. For years I felt society only looked at Social Workers as assisting with Social Service needs in regards to Child /Adult Welfare, and other social assistance needs such as Food Stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. This is not accurate information.

    There are MANY MANY roles within our career field of interest.

    To name a few: Healthcare, Hospice, Private Practice, Advocating, Mental Health, Counselor with School, Substance Abuse Administrators within the Healthcare Industry, State Surveyors and many more.

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