Stories to Inspire

From the Winnipeg Free Press–Is your glass half empty or half full?

Ask a social worker, and they might remind you that your glass is refillable. They might help identify and remove barriers preventing you from accessing the tap. They might let you know that you can add ice, or use a different glass. In short, they’ll work hard to find what solutions and supports you need to ensure your glass is always full when you need it to be.

I’m speaking figuratively, of course, but as a part of your health-care team, a social worker can make a positive difference in your health, well-being, and quality of life.

To paraphrase the official definition offered by the International Federation of Social Workers, social work is an academic discipline that promotes social change, social cohesion and empowerment. It engages people and structures to better address life challenges and enhance well-being.

In the world of health care, what that often breaks down to helping the most vulnerable members of society access health care and social supports they might not realize are available, but to which they are entitled.

A social worker’s job is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and health equity. To understand this concept, it’s important to draw a distinction between the concepts of equality and equity.

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