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Welcome to AOSW Connections

October 20, 2021


By KrisAnn Talarico, LCSW, OSW-C and Amy Colver, LCSW,

Welcome to AOSW Connections, our new and improved newsletter! We hope it will be a connection point for you to the people, resources and insights that fuel and promote our profession. You may have noticed that our newsletter has been on a brief hiatus since the early days of the pandemic. Similar to our team, you might be saying, “Has that been a minute or a month?” Either way, it seems only fitting that our first release under our new moniker center around COVID-19 and Cancer, the ways in which the pandemic has reshaped psycho-oncology care.

There is no question that COVID-19 has transformed the landscape of oncology care, mental health care, and psychosocial oncology in the last year and a half. Culturally we are seeing a greater appreciation of what contributes to emotional wellbeing, and this context impacts how our patients and families experience their healthcare and their cancer experience. Presented in this issue are reflections on those changes, advocacy opportunities for improved patient support and greater attention to the sequelae of the pandemic, including the impact to our healthcare colleagues. We hope within it you will draw inspiration, encouragement, and levity. You deserve it.

About the Authors

Amy Colver, LCSW

Editor
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers
Denver, Colorado
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Amy Colver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her career is a testament to her passion of providing psychosocial care to patients and their support systems facing cancer.

Amy is the Manager of...
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Amy Colver, LCSW

Editor
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers
Denver, Colorado
[email protected]

Amy Colver is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her career is a testament to her passion of providing psychosocial care to patients and their support systems facing cancer.

Amy is the Manager of Social Work and Supportive Care Services at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Denver, Colorado. She received her Master of Science in Social ‎Administration (MSSA) and her Master of Arts in Bioethics (MA) from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). ‎Amy has several years of clinical experience in the field of oncology social work. She has specialized in lung ‎cancer, blood cancers, and bone marrow transplant. She has worked primarily in outpatient cancer centers in both Cleveland, Ohio and Denver, Colorado.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Amy is a member of the Association of Oncology Social ‎Workers (AOSW), serving on the Communications Committee. She has been the editor of the AOSW Newsletter since the summer of 2021. She has volunteered with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Cleveland ‎Hope Lodge, The Gathering Place, and The Jack, Joseph, and ‎Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU. She has served on various committees ‎within her places of employment and has been involved in psychosocial research. 

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time exploring the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband ‎and dog. She also enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and journaling. ‎
 

Articles

Book Review
COVID-19 Resources Available Through AOSW
Editors' Message
Resources: A Place to Gather for Individuals Touched by Cancer
Social Determinants of Health and Cancer Care
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KrisAnn Talarico, LCSW, OSW-C

Editor in Chief
Clearity
Portland, Oregon
[email protected]

KrisAnn Talarico is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board-Certified Oncology Social Worker (OSW-C) who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about improving the lives of patients and families facing cancer, and has been...
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KrisAnn Talarico, LCSW, OSW-C

Editor in Chief
Clearity
Portland, Oregon
[email protected]

KrisAnn Talarico is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board-Certified Oncology Social Worker (OSW-C) who lives in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about improving the lives of patients and families facing cancer, and has been since facilitating her first Women’s Cancer Support Group in 2002.

She currently is a Lead OC Counselor with Steps Through OC, a Program of Clearity. Steps Through OC offers 10 sessions of emotional support over a 6-month period to women and caregivers coping with ovarian cancer. Previously, KrisAnn was an Oncology Social Worker at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, Washington.She has also worked for non-profit organizations seeking to advance the level of psychosocial support delivered to cancer survivors through the use of technology, including bringing to life an online Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management program for breast cancer survivors. KrisAnn shares deep appreciation for AOSW and the expert colleagues she has met through our professional association. She has been the Editor of the AOSW newsletter since 2014.

Articles
Book & Film Reviews: Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer Grace Christ, Carolyn Messner, & Lynn Behar (Eds.)
Book Review: Demystifying DBT for Cancer: Encouraging, Practical Strategies for Coping with Cancer
Book Review: Your Journey beyond Breast Cancer: Tools for the Road
Editors' Message
Introducing AOSW Navigator: Our New Bi-Monthly E-Newsletter
Welcome to AOSW Connections