Resources for Oncology Social Workers
American Academy of Nursing's Journal
American Federation of Clinical Oncologic Societies
A coalition of professional oncology societies, AFCOS, addresses concerns about changes in the health care delivery system and the impact of these changes on quality patient care. AFCOS places emphasis on educating patients, their families, health care providers, payors, legislators, regulators, and the general public, advocating access to and coverage for quality care, and supporting patient oriented research. AOSW assisted in the development of a consensus statement, Access to Quality Care.
American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) is incorporated as a national, multidisciplinary organization and approved as a nonprofit Society dedicated to promoting the psychological, social, behavioral, spiritual and physical well being of patients with cancer and their families at all stages of disease and survivorship, through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.
Angel Flight West
Angel Flight West (AFW) arranges flights, at no cost to passengers, covering 13 Western States, when travel by land or commercial airline would be a physical or financial hardship. Other situations include, but are not limited to, a compromised immune system or living in a remote area without access to commercial transportation. These flights are generally provided by private pilots who donate all of their time and the cost of flying their aircraft. There is never a charge for an Angel Flight mission. If you live outside of the 13 western states, please go to http://aircharitynetwork.org/ or call 877-621-7177, to reach an Angel Flight office in your area.
Association of Community Cancer Centers
A national interdisciplinary organization, ACCC is helping to define quality care for cancer patients and to influence change which continually improves oncology care. ACCC presents national educational programs, coordinates patient advocacy legislation and supports activities of many oncology related organizations. AOSW participates in ACCC's Patient Advocacy Committee and our members present at symposia on quality care.
Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Work
APOSW, sister organization of AOSW, is an international organization of oncology professionals promoting quality & effectiveness of clinical social work in the field of children's cancer. APOSW presents an educational conference annually, a newsletter quarterly and works to advance appropriate legislative and research programs. APOSW and AOSW exchange board liaisons.
British Psychosocial Oncology Society
British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) was founded in 1983 after a conference at King's College Hospital in the UK and the first official conference was held in 1984. BPOS welcomes new members from any professional group interested in the psychological and social factors associated with cancer. It is a multi-disciplinary organization with members drawn from many specialties. Membership of the Society is helpful to anyone concerned with psychosocial aspects of cancer.
C-Change is comprised of the nation's key cancer leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors. These cancer leaders share the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early, and cured or is managed successfully as a chronic illness. One of the underlying principles of C-Change is to leverage the leadership and expertise of all sectors of society to eliminate cancer as a major public health problem at the earliest possible time. C-Change is both a forum and a catalyst for identifying issues and major challenges facing the cancer community and for initiating collaborative actions to complement the efforts of individual C-Change Members.
C-Change Patient Navigation: Care of your Community Materials and Toolkit
Patient navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care. Cancer patient navigation works with a patient from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.
Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs
Cancer care today often provides state-of-the-science biomedical treatment, but fails to address the psychological and social (psychosocial) problems associated with the illness. This failure can compromise the effectiveness of health care and thereby adversely affect the health of cancer patients. Read more...
Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care is supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and directed by Mount Sinai School of Medicine. As a national resource center, CAPC offers healthcare professionals a range of educational, technical and networking resources as part of its goal to make palliative care a nationwide standard. Their web site offers detailed and practical information to help an institution establish a palliative care program, covering needs assessment, business planning, reimbursements, delivery models, interdisciplinary teams, program operations and evaluation.
Intercultural Cancer Council
A national, multicultural forum, ICCC brings together individuals representing the broad spectrum of cancer continuum - survivors to scientists, as well as, community leaders. ICCC addresses concerns about cancer in racial and ethnic minorities and the medically underserved and presents a biennial educational conference.
International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)
Founded in 1984, IPOS is the international colleague organization of APOS. IPOS was formed to serve as an international, multidisciplinary body and forum for dissemination of information about clinical, educational and research issues that relate to the subspecialty of psycho-oncology, including psychiatric, psychological, social, behavioral, spiritual and ethical aspects. Membership is open to individuals with a diversity of clinical and research backgrounds and offers them the opportunity to network with professionals in their fields from around the world.
Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) is an international, multidisciplinary organization, which operates in collaboration with the International Society for Oral Oncology (ISOO). Founded in 1990, MASCC's core purpose is to promote optimal supportive care for people experiencing cancer worldwide. The group is dedicated to research and education in all measures of supportive care, which is the prevention and management of the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.
National Association of Social Workers
The world’s largest organization of professional social workers with chapters in the US and abroad, NASW works to strengthen and unify the profession, promote the development of social work practice, and advance sound social policies. In September 1998, NASW hosted the Social Work Summit in Washington, D.C. where AOSW participated in the formation of The Social Work Health Coalition committed to providing social work responses to health issues in a coordinated proactive manner.
National Cancer Institute
The largest of the 13 institutes comprising the National Institutes of Health, NCI coordinates a national research program on cancer causes, prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and control. The NCI has built a network of cancer centers, trained cancer physicians, cooperative groups of clinical researchers, volunteer and community outreach groups and state and local health departments. This network plays a key role in transferring research advances quickly from laboratory to clinic and bringing these clinical findings rapidly to the public.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
NHPCO is the world's premier hospice and palliative care leadership organization. We continue to break new ground in professional leadership, consumer and caregiver services, research, legislative advocacy, communications, international development, and issues related to quality care at the end of life.
Oncology Nursing Society
A national organization of nurses and other healthcare professionals, ONS is dedicated to promoting excellence in oncology care through patient care, teaching, research, administration, and education. ONS presents educational programs, provides cancer care resources, research opportunities and networks for peer support for oncology professionals.
Oncology Social Work Australia (OSWA)
OSWA is the peak organization for Australian Oncology Social Workers. OSWA exists to assist social workers in their practice and provide a forum for information exchange and ready access to the latest information relevant to their craft.
Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is an association, 1,300 members strong, dedicated to promoting the universal availability, accessibility, coordination, and effectiveness of health care that addresses the psychosocial components of health and illness.
Talking Cancer Clinical Trials is a toolkit designed to help Oncology Social Workers and Navigators educate their patients about cancer clinical trials as an option to consider in treatment decision-making. This toolkit is an online, interactive website, comprised of four learning modules, that include video content, static PDFs and resources that provide additional information and tools to help Oncology Social Workers and Navigators conduct conversations about clinical trials with patients.
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