The Social Worker's Role for Cancer Patients
Social workers work alongside your clinical team to help you navigate your journey. Part of the social worker’s role is to provide support and resources helpful to your care. Whether that involves a new cancer diagnosis, a reoccurring cancer diagnosis or a blood disorder, we want to walk alongside you to ensure your needs are met so you can focus on taking care of you. They work hard to serve as each patient's:
- Resource coordinator
- Financial counselor
- Psycho-social-emotional-spiritual support
- Liaison, coach, and mentor
Meet the Virginia Oncology Associates Social Workers
Roshonda Poole, BSW
Roshonda Poole, BSW serves the Southside offices including: Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Elizabeth City, NC. She can be reached at (757) 466-8683.
Megan Fortner, BSW
Megan Fortner, BSW serves the Peninsula offices including: Hampton, Newport News and Williamsburg. She can be reached at (757) 873-9400.
Kelly Johnson, MSW
MKelly Johnson, MSW, serves the Western Tidewater offices including Harbour View and Obici. She can be reached at (757) 466-8683.
Our Social Work team will help provide and connect you with valuable resources as well as supply you with helpful information such as:
- Connecting you to the appropriate community resources
- Discussing your healthcare goals such as advance directives and other support
- Providing follow up and on-going support
- Providing a needs assessment to determine barriers to care
- Providing support groups
What to expect during your visit with the oncology social worker?
During your first appointment we spend time getting to know you. We will complete a needs and strength assessment where we identify what strengths and needs you are experiencing. We celebrate the strengths you and your family bring and we create a personalized care plan to assist you in meeting any needs. Some of the needs that we commonly identify and assist with are:
- Financial concerns (e.g., medical bills, utilities, rent, etc.)
- Insurance Barriers
- Limitations to independently perform activities of daily living care (e.g., bathing, dressing, cooking, etc.)
- Self-Image/emotional or mental health (e.g., support groups/outpatient counseling/psychiatrist)
- Personal relationships/family dynamics/caregiver support
- Advanced Care Planning – documenting your healthcare wishes