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Social Work in Health Emergencies
Global Perspectives

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ISBN 9780367628734
March 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first comprehensive book that provides accessible, international knowledge for practitioners, students and academics about social work in health emergencies and spans fields of practice across world regions with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Divided into three sections: • Regional, Historical and Social Work Perspectives takes a journey through world regions during the first six months of the pandemic as it unfolded, explores the lessons found in the history of pandemics and situates public health social work practice in the values of the profession. Situating the diversity of challenges and opportunities in context, in turn, influences current and future social work practice. • Social Work Practice, Issues and Responses explores social work practice innovations and responses across eleven key practice fields. International authors feature social work responses during the COVID-19 health emergency from different regions of the world. • Preparing for the Future analyses broader concepts, innovations and the implications for future practices as social work enters a new era of service delivery. The twenty chapters explore the convergence of pandemic, politics and planet which is critiqued within a framework of the profession’s ethics and values of human dignity, human rights and social justice. Social work’s place in public health is firmly situated and built on the premise that the value social work brings to the table deserves recognition and should be documented to inform the development of the profession and future practice and how social work must carry lessons forward to prepare for the next pandemic. 

The book is relevant to a wide range of audiences including practitioners, educators and students in social work, human services, international development and public health, as well as policy makers and researchers. 


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing social work in health emergencies

Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares with Jonathan Dickens

Part I- Regional, historical and social work perspectives

Chapter 2: Regions of the world and the COVID-19 health emergency

Patricia Fronek, Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares, with Jianqiang Liang, Wanchai Roujanavong, Myung Hun Kim, Sungmin Kim, Yanuar Farida Wismayanti, Gokul Mandayam, Antonio López Peláez, Roberta Di Rosa, Jonathan Dickens, Nicoleta Neamtu, Mădălina Hideg, Claudia Fonseca, Carmen Monico, Renie Rondon-Jackson, Gidraph G.Wairire, Janestic Mwende Twikirize, Ariel Kwegyir Tsiboe Dorothee Hölscher, Corlie Giliomee, Taghreed Abu Sarhan, Nadia C. Badran, Tarek Zidan, Sareh Rotabi, and Lynne Briggs

Chapter 3-Lessons from pandemic history

Matthew Ward

Chapter 4- Human Dignity

Donna McAuliffe with Hilary Weaver, Sharon E. Moore and Robert Common

Part II– Social work practice, issues and responses

Chapter 5- Hospital social work during the second wave in Canada

Barbara Muskat Shelley Craig, Deepy Sur and Alexa Kirkland

Chapter 6- Child protection and Health Emergencies in Botswana 

Thabile A. Samboma

Chapter 7- Family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

Louise Harms, Lauren Kosta, Connie Kellet, Eliza Crossley and Elyssa Hudson

Chapter 8- Families and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the UK 

Gabriela Misca, Jan Walker and Gemma Thornton

Chapter 9- Disability and health emergencies

Tarek Zidan

Chapter 10- Ageism, older people and COVID-19

Malcolm Payne

Chapter 11- Impacts of global pandemics on people on the move

Justin Lee and Carmen Monico

Chapter 12- Mental health social work in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic - Ching-Wen Chang and Marcus Chiu

Chapter 13- Urban homelessness: Housing and health equity during health emergencies- Elizabeth Bowen and Nicole Capozziello

Chapter 14- The New Social Services: Organising community during ecosocial health crises Joel Izlar

Chapter 15- Challenges and innovations in field education in Australia, New Zealand and the United States

Lynne Briggs, Jane Maidment, Kathryn Hay, Kai Medina-Martinez, Renee Rondon-Jackson and Patricia Fronek

Part III– Preparing for the future

Chapter 16- Social innovation as the need of the hour in health emergencies

Gokul Mandayam, Samuel Ochieng, Kelley Bunkers, Siân Long, Yoko Kobayashi and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

Chapter 17: Preparing for the next health emergency

Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

Chapter 18- Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Patricia Fronek and Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares

Part IV: Bonus Chapters

Chapter 19: SARS-CoV-2 in Wildlife: Q &A with Alan B. Franklin

Chapter 20: COVID-19: Q &A with Peter C. Doherty

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Patricia Fronek is a social worker, academic and researcher in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University, Australia. Currently, she is the Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program, a member of Griffith University’s Law Futures Research Centre, and is Special Advisor to Child Identity Protection (CHIP). The breadth of Dr Fronek’s practice experience and research is broadly located across social work fields including health care and international social work. She served on the expert core group that developed the Verona Principles addressing child rights in surrogacy. Social justice, human rights, ethics and professional practice are core to her practice and research over the last forty years. Her work is widely published and highly regarded. ORCID:

Karen Smith Rotabi-Casares is a social worker with a background in child protection and family support. Her work is international and she was been engaged in child rights and health promotion projects in a number of countries, to include Belize, Guatemala, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malawi, the United Arab Emirates and Somalia. Focused on child rights, Rotabi-Casares is most interested in prevention with an orientation to development of programs that engage the community and human service organizations in social change. Rotabi-Casares is a professor of social work at California State University, Monterey Bay. She earned a PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer, a time which she credits for beginning a pathway of global social work practice. ORCID: