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Topics in Social Work: Health Policy

2016 Recipients of the President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement

On April 21, the UAlbany Navigators -- a group of M.S.W. students who provide assistance in navigating on-line enrollment through the NY State of Health Marketplace -- received the President's Award for Exemplary Public Engagement. The UAlbany Navigators were honored for their one-on-one work with underserved communities and Capital Region residents to help assess and compare different health care plans to find those most suited to the individual or family's needs.

Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), also known as the affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010, is described by the U.S. Department of Health & Humans Services as putting "individuals, families and small business owners in control of their health care...Americans without insurance coverage will be able to choose the insurance coverage that works best for them in a new open, competitive insurance market."

In 2013, The NY State of Health (NYSOH) was created under the Affordable Care Act. Through the NYSOH marketplace, New York residents and small businesses can apply for public health insurance (Medicaid and Child Health Plus) and private health insurance.


Depending on your topic, your keyword searches will vary, but some relevant terms to use when researching health policy are "Affordable Care Act;" "Health care reform;" "Health coverage" AND "social services;" and other variations on these terms.

If you'd like to make an appointment with a UAlbany Navigator, you can call (518) 442-3854. If you're interested in researching topics relating to health policy, the Affordable Care Act, or social services and health coverage, we have a variety of databases and books to refer to below:


Books and eBooks Available at Dewey

  • Battle-Fisher, M. (2015). Application of systems thinking to health policy & public health ethics: Public health and private illness. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
    Dewey Library / RA427.25 .B38 2015
  • Beland, D., Rocco, P., & Waddan, A. (2016). Obamacare Wars: Federalism, state politics, and the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
    Dewey Library / RA395.D44 B45 2016
  • Bradley, E.H., & Taylor, L.A. (2013). The American health care paradox: Why spending more is getting us less. New York: PublicAffairs.
    Dewey Library / RA 410.53 B724 2013
  • Jacobs, L.R., & Skocpol, T. (2016). Health care reform and American politics: What everyone needs to know. New York: Oxford University Press.
    Online / RA395.A3 J327 2016
  • Kaplan, D.B., & Berkman, B. (Eds.). (2016). The Oxford handbook of social work in health and aging. New York: Oxford University Press.
    Online / HV1451 .O94 2016 WWW
  • Malani, A. & Schill, M.H. (Eds.). (2015). The future of healthcare reform in the United States. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
    Online / KF3605.A328201 A2 2015
  • Murtin, F. (2016). Health and prosperity: efficient health systems for thriving nations in the 21st century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Online / RA410 .M87 2016
  • Rawal, P.H. (2016). The Affordable Care Act: Examining the facts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
    Online / KF3605.A328201 A2 2016
  • Yamin, A.E. (2016). Power, suffering, and the struggle for dignity: Human rights frameworks for health and why they matter. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
    Online / K3260.3 .Y26 2016

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! don't be afraid to ask for help. Contact Elaine Lasda-Bergman, at (518) 442-3695 or Appointments available - or drop in during weekly Social Welfare office hours from 4-7pm on Wednesdays.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
Image Credit: Carlo de Jesus

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