Social Work Mission, Vision, and Values


To promote the health and well-being of patients, families, and communities, across the lifespan. This will be accomplished in collaboration with our internal and external partners through clinical care, leadership, advocacy, teaching, education, research, and community services.


Best people:
Recruitment and retention of a diverse staff; providing excellence in clinical practice; and employer of choice among social work professionals

Innovative partnerships: Groundbreaking social work programs, collaborations and staffing models which optimize patient care

Rich work environment: A leadership structure and supervision model which supports continued professional growth and clinical development of all staff


Shared with Profession:
Social Justice
Dignity and Worth
Importance of human relationships

Shared with Institution

Guiding Principles

These principles exemplify the values of diversity, social justice, dignity and worth, importance of human relationships and the values of UMHS: respect, compassion, trust, integrity, efficiency and leadership. Our principles guide what we do, why we do it, and how we do it.

  1. Integration, Collaboration, Teamwork, Community
    We share and advance professional social work values and practice through integration, collaboration and teamwork across our entire campus and into the community.
  2. Patient and Family-Centered Care
    We are leaders in creating an environment that embraces the philosophy of Patient and Family-Centered Care including the core concepts of dignity and respect, communication, participation and collaboration.
  3. Innovation and Adapting to Change
    We focus upon innovation that makes us leaders in clinical care, community involvement, education of trainees, and research.
  4. Taking Care of Our Own
    We take care of our own staff, patients and families, and community. We promote a healthy, safe and satisfied workforce and strive to improve access to care for patients referred for all services.
  5. Cultural Competency
    We are leaders in advancing respect and appreciation for diversity in those we serve and throughout the organization. We believe that diversity of people and ideas are the means to innovation and improved health outcomes.
  6. High Value and Quality
    We consistently provide high quality service to patients, families, trainees, our community partners and other stakeholders.
  7. Integrity and Trust
    We promote trust through respect for ourselves and all others. We advance integrity in all dimensions of service and effort across the health system. We honor confidentiality, comply with all Health System policies and procedures, state and federal laws and regulations. We uphold and model the NASW professional code of ethics.