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Advocacy Position Papers & Statements

AOSW has developed position papers and statements on major health care issues of concern to its membership. The purpose of these papers and statements is to inform AOSW members and others of issues supported by AOSW. The following are position papers and statements that AOSW has written to date.

AOSW Opposition to the Graham-Cassidy Repeal Legislation

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Better Care Reconciliation Act 

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AOSW Position Statement on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

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AOSW Policy Principles for Health Care Access and Insurance

The AOSW Board of Directors created and adopted its Policy Principles for Health Care Access and Insurance as efforts unfold in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Board believes this statement reflects the professional principles of social workers and AOSW members. It is their goal to reiterate support for the core values of advocating for social justice and dignity and worth of all persons (NASW, Code of Ethics) within the health care arena. AOSW will continue seeking opportunities to join forces with patient and professional groups to advocate for equitable access to cancer prevention, treatment and support.

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A Moonshot to Cure Cancer

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) enthusiastically supports President Obama and Vice President Biden in their call for a global mission to end cancer.
“The call for an initiative to end to cancer in our generation is the first step of a journey that will ultimately benefit and touch the lives of every person on earth,” stated AOSW President Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, OSW-C.

As an organization committed to addressing the social, emotional and spiritual needs of all oncology patients and their families, AOSW pledges to establish, nurture and participate in partnerships with other organizations endeavoring to develop technologies, treatments and advances in cancer care that benefit all people with cancer, their families and caregivers.
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Physician Assisted Death (PAD)

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) upholds the right of every patient to make decisions about living and dying that are reflective of their goals and values and are consistent with the laws of their jurisdiction. AOSW also support its members in their individual beliefs regarding physician assisted dying as they assist families in confronting these issues. AOSW is united in its desire and capacity to support families as they negotiate the painful territory of end-of-life wishes and encourages patients to seek the support of an oncology social worker. 


Downloadable PDFs

American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Joint Position Statement on Implementing Screening for Distress

AOSW and ONS Joint Position on Palliative End-of-Life Care - Adopted January 27, 2012

AOSW and ONS Release Position on Patient Navigation - Adopted March 2010

AOSW and APOSW Joint Position on Family Centered Care - Adopted May 17, 2007