Social Work HEALS: Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars Program 2015-2020

What is HEALS?

Social Work HEALS-IL is a healthcare social work scholarship and leadership program at the University of Illinois (2015-2020) for BSW or MSW students during field placement. Our School was among 10 Schools of Social Work that were awarded a five-year grant from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation to implement this program (PI, Dr. Janet Liechty). Together, the 10 Schools of Social Work form the HEALS Consortium. The national Social Work HEALS program aims to develop the next generation of healthcare social work leaders who can lead efforts to improve quality and equitable access to healthcare in the U.S.

Who benefits from HEALS?

The HEALS grant benefits students!  Two BSW students and two MSW students will be selected each year as HEALS Scholars (2015-2020). Each will receive a $4000 scholarship during their field placement and participate in the year long program. HEALS scholars also attend a 2-day healthcare policy conference in Washington, D.C. in the spring (paid by the grant), and bi-weekly seminars at the SSW. Field instructors for the HEALS scholars serve as HEALS mentors, and they also participate in some of these seminars and receive support to attend a spring conference on Social Work in Healthcare Leadership. These conferences provide opportunity for training and networking among the 40 HEALS scholars and mentors selected each year across the U.S. in the HEALS Consortium.


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