Social Work and Health Inequalities Network
The Social Work and Health Inequalities Network was co-founded by Dr Eileen McLeod (Associate Professor, University of Warwick) and Professor Paul Bywaters (Coventry University and Honorary Professor, University of Warwick) and launched at the International Health and Mental Health Conference, Quebec 2004. It has approximately 400 members worldwide, in over 25 countries.
How to Join:
To join the network follow this link
The Social Work and Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN) aims to promote research, discussion and action by social work researchers, educators, practitioners and managers, to combat the causes and consequences of unjust and damaging socially created inequalities in health.
The objectives of the Network are:
- Exchanging information and resources (research evidence, policy statements etc.)
- Research collaboration
- Developing and exchanging examples of good practice
- Developing and exchanging ideas about teaching about health inequalities in qualifying and post-qualifying social work education.
- Influencing Policy Making
The co-convenors of the Network are:
Dr Julie Fish, Reader in Social Work and Health Inequalities, De Montford University, Leicester, UK
Kate Karban, Senior Lecturer, Bradford University, Yorkshire, UK
Executive Committee Members
Paul Bywaters, UK; Barbara Fawcett, Australia; Ros Giles, Australia; Tuula Heinonen, Canada; Kathy Avery Kinew, Canada; Agnes Law, China; Eileen McLeod, UK; Anna Metteri, Finland; Vimla Nadkarni, India; Varda Soskolne, Israel; Joanne Sulman, USA; Roberta Uchoa, Brazil.
7th International Conference on Social Work, Health and Mental Health, June 2013
- Welcome to our new members who signed up at the Social Work, Health and Mental Health conference in Los Angeles in early July 2013. This was a very successful event and SWHIN members were involved in four symposia as well as a number of individual presentations. The four themed symposia included:
- Changing the Course of Inter-Generational Disparities - Promoting a Legacy of Health with Indigenous Peoples;LGBT health inequalities: Implications for social work practice;Building Social Capital to Promote Social Inclusion and Well-being.Developing the social work curriculum: promoting health inequalities within social work education, practice and research. SWHIN members also met and shared experiences during a lunch time meeting and evening meal.
- Symposia on the Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous People (Kate Karban SWHIN co-convenor, Tricia Lizama and Glenda Bawden) (see picture above)
- We have included a number of SWHIN members’ presentations on the website. Please go to Key Documents for those that we have so far.
- A keynote presentation by Professor Nancy Krieger from the Harvard School of Public Health also highlighted the importance of health inequalities and social work’s work contribution to tackling the social determinants of health
- World Social Work Day 2013 Kate and Julie attended an event to celebrate World Social Work Day in London held at Westminster. Speakers included Bridget Robb, Interim Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers and Hilary Tompsett, Chair of the Joint Universities Social Work Education Committee. Kate made a brief presentation, on behalf of SWHIN, on the impact of social, economic and health inequalities and the ways in which social workers can address these in their practice. David Jones, International Federation of Social Workers Immediate Past President and Global Agenda Coordinator also spoke about the Global Agenda. The meeting was also addressed by Richard Wilkinson, co-author of 'The Spirit Level'. He presented evidence from the book regarding the need to reduce inequalities. He suggested that social workers need to act as advocates to challenge the prejudiced and stigmatised views of people in poverty. The event was one of a number taking place nationally and internationally, to promote the Global Agenda for social work with this year's theme being 'promoting social and economic equality'. A full report of the event can also be found at the following link: http://www.basw.co.uk/news/article/?id=475
- Podsoc Julie Fish was recently interviewed by Patricia Fronek about social work and health inequalities. The interview has been added to the Podsocs collection of interviews for social workers. Podsocs is an initiative of the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University. http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/social-work-and-health-inequalities/