AOSW envisions a global society in which oncology care meets the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of all people affected by cancer.
We advocate for institutional and public policies that support this vision, including policies that address the needs of people affected by cancer and policies that advance the profession and practice of social work in oncology.
Advocacy is a core facet of social work practice, a professional responsibility outlined in our code of ethics. AOSW equips and supports our members in their advocacy efforts at the micro, meso, and macro levels of practice.
To join our efforts or learn more about the work of the AOSW Advocacy Committee, please contact Jordan Burghardt
. The Advocacy Committee is comprised of AOSW members from diverse work settings and geographic areas.
AOSW Position Statements
- A Statement on Race (2020)
- Policy Principles for Health Care Access and Insurance 2017
- Joint Statement on Implementing Screening (2017)
- Statement on Medical Aid in Dying
- Joint Statement on Palliative End of Life Care (2012)
- Joint Statement on Patient Navigation (2010)
- Joint Statement on Family Centered Care (2007)
For more information about policy priorities and advocacy opportunities of interest to oncology social workers, please see: