Social Work Leaders in Health Care has undergone many changes through the years. Our history is rich; establishing leaders in the social work field was a necessary outcome for the ever-evolving health care system we will see today. Below are some of the original Society accountings of those changes and the concerns that remained a focus on social workers’ minds through the years.
July1967 - 11 people came together to form the Society for Hospital Social Work Directors of Greater St. Louis. Membership dues $2. 1973 - Bylaws now allow Social Workers members besides Hospital Directors. 1975 - Membership up to 25. $10 dues. 1979 - All but 2 St. Louis area hospitals now have in-house Social Work services. 1983 - 46 members, dues now $15. 1985 - Dues now $20. 1992 - Educational conferences to raise money for MSW scholarships. 1994 - Name changed to Society for SW Administrators in Health Care. Priority on field education and curriculum development in SW schools related the health care. Newsletter is started. 1996 - Local chapter struggling; membership down. 1998 - Name change to Society for SW Leadership in Health Care. 2000 - More diversity among workplaces with Social Work health care. 2001 - Bylaws changed to allow student membership. 2002 - Dues raised to $30; students pay $15. 2003 - Membership Award created. 2007 - Associate membership initiated for those in a related field but with no SW degree. 2008 - Social Worker of the Year award created. 2009 - Group disaffiliates from National and changes name to Social Work Leaders in Health Care. Facebook page created. 2011 - Group website created. 2012 - Dues raised to $40. Email address created. 78 members. 2013 - Year’s theme is “The Changing Face of Health Care and How It Affects Social Workers” in relation to the Affordable Care Act being implemented in 2014. Group hosted lobbying trip to Jefferson City to discuss changes in Missouri Medicaid.
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