AOSW continues to strengthen both its programming and liaison activities, by maintaining collaborations and fostering new and innovative projects. The list below offers a summary of some of the completed and ongoing initiatives that AOSW is proud to be part of in the arena of psychosocial oncology.
If you have any questions, comments or would like to discuss possible future ideas for programming, please do not hesitate to contact AOSW's President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Projects and Partnerships
NSCLC Immunotherapy: Advancing Hope™
Through a strategic partnership with Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) and other partnering organizations (including AOSW), SITC is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative: Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Immunotherapy: Advancing HopeTM!
This initiative includes an NSCLC immunotherapy general education animated video and a CME-/CNE NSCLC online activity. The video follows a patient’s journey from NSCLC diagnosis through his course of treatment and explains how cancer immunotherapy works, the current approved immunotherapy treatments, potential side effects and the importance of clinical trials.
GBTQ Research Project for Oncology Social Workers
The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) has received funding from Medivation for a research project focused on identifying the needs of oncology social workers (OSWs) to better provide services for gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) cancer patients, survivors and their families (broadly defined). This population is understudied in all areas (such as risk factors for disease, disease prevalence, medical and psychosocial care). Research that identifies gaps in the provision of psychosocial support services would be a contribution to a sparse body of knowledge. As a starting point, little is known about the perceived skill level and knowledge of OSWs with respect to provision of services to this population in general and specifically with the gay, bi-sexual, queer men and transgender women with prostate cancer.
AOSW chose GW Cancer Institute (GWCI) at the George Washington University to receive a $25,000 grant award to identify the needs of oncology social workers (OSWs) to better provide services for gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (GBTQ) cancer patients, survivors and their families/support systems. GWCI was selected following an RFP process that concluded on March 15, 2016.
The grant award will subsidize a two-part project to identify potential gaps in training, skills and knowledge for practitioners that provide individual, couple and family support for GBTQ with prostate cancer and their families/support systems, and development of educational materials for practitioners and patients on the psychosocial aspects of diagnosis and treatment.
A Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care (APAQCC)
A Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care is an AOSW-sponsored project partnering with the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Kent School of Social Work-University of Louisville. It’s purpose is to improve the psychosocial care received by cancer patients and their families, provide social workers with tools and skills to implement and monitor psychosocial care and adhere to national standards of care, to inform social work practice, and to provide data to advocate for needed institutional resources.
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