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Social Workers are leaders in making sure people get the help they need, when they need it, from the best resources available. As members of the health care team at Nationwide Children's Hospital, we promote wellness through prevention, care and recovery. Social workers are skilled in identifying strengths and needs. We provide advocacy, emotional support and linkage to community resources. To get in touch with a Social Worker, please call (614) 722-6300.
Clinical social workers practice in collaboration with the health care team as licensed professionals whose core values promote the dignity of all people and the importance of human relationships.
We engage with families to identify and address barriers to wellness. We focus our work on the relationship between family function and medical illness. Our practice is grounded by an evidence-informed body of knowledge and our primary motivation is to support the strengths of families to address their own needs.
We engage services within the hospital and greater community to further support optimal family functioning.
The Social Work Department is comprised of social workers that work in a variety of settings throughout Nationwide Children's Hospital. They cover both inpatient and outpatient care areas on the main campus, the Emergency Department and the Primary Care centers.
Common discussions social workers engage in with families include:
Visit CAP4Kids.org/Columbus for information on common patient concerns, such as help with utilities and bills, counseling resources for children, and respite resources for parents. For other social work questions, contact us at (614) 722-6300.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center was designed by families and professionals to support patients and families during their time at Children's Hospital, both inpatient and outpatient. It is located adjacent to the main hospital cafeteria and close to the gift shop and chapel, which allows families to quickly access all major public areas of the building. You can contact the center by calling (614) 722-2252.
Special Education Advocacy
In October 2015, Nationwide Children’s held its first Special Education Advocacy program focused on becoming an effective partner for your child’s IEP. We brought in experts from State Support Team Region 11, Office for Exceptional Children and Disability Rights Ohio. Attendees learned how to write effective IEP’s with measurable goals and objectives, how to advocate for your child and what steps to take when in disagreement with an IEP. The last 40 minutes of the program allowed attendees to interact with the experts and ask IEP-related questions.