Alperin, Diane E.; Richie, Nicholas D.
August 1989
Health & Social Work;Aug1989, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p165
Academic Journal
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) has been recognized as the health care challenge of the 1980s. Community-based AIDS service organizations have emerged to meet this challenge by providing critical services to people with AIDS at a time when other health and social service systems were slow to respond. Results of a nationwide survey indicate that social workers are fully enmeshed in these new community health care agencies, perform a variety of social work and administrative functions, and face challenges to professional self-awareness. Social work educators need to maintain a strong liberal arts and professional foundation base, and add information about community-based AIDS service organizations to the existing health care curricula.


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