CONTACT: ARIANNE NARDO
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: June 5, 2000
American Cancer Society grant supports oncology social work training at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of social services
has received a Clinical Oncology Social Work Training grant from the American
Cancer Society (ACS), which will support work done at the University of Iowa
The $12,000 grant award will be used to train a master of social work student
in oncology social work, including the psychosocial aspects of living with
cancer. In addition, practicing oncology social workers will benefit from
the grant by receiving continuing education that helps them stay current with
the latest developments in the field.
Megan Freeburg, a master's level social work student in her second year
of training at the UI School of Social Work, has been selected as the grant
recipient and will work with UI Health Care oncology social workers in the
UI Cancer Center, starting in late August. She will perform daily duties of
psychosocial assessments, counseling, financial assistance and discharge planning.
Joy Sutter, assistant director in the department of social service, said
that programs and grants such as the ACS grant encourage students to challenge
themselves in the field and gain
"As a result, this support has produced a generation of dedicated,
capable social services professionals who are an asset to patients and their
families," Sutter said.
Last year's grant recipient, Kate Harris, said, "This award provided
me with a variety of experiences in the field of psychosocial oncology which
I could not have received elsewhere."
The field of psychosocial oncology is rapidly expanding and the need for
trained social work professionals is steadily increasing.
"We are pleased to be able to offer the training to a student and continuing
education to oncology social work staff to stay on top of the latest psychosocial
interventions for cancer patients and their families," Sutter said.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.