Beatrice Farnsworth, LCSW
FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Beatrice Farnsworth, M.S., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a Clinical Instructor at Florida International University, Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work in Miami, Florida. With over 20 years of experience as a Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Farnsworth has practiced extensively in Interprofessional settings, such as primary care, hospitals, hospice care, substance abuse treatment programs and community mental health agencies. In these settings, she worked in Interprofessional teams comprised of Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors and other health providers. She conducted biopsychosocial assessments, provided individual, family and group psychotherapy services and linked clients to various community resources. Ms. Farnsworth has predominantly practiced in impoverished neighborhoods, in the Bronx, NY and in Miami, FL, where resources are scarce, social problems are complex, and clients have limited access to educational and employment opportunities, transportation and social services, medical and mental health care. Ms. Farnsworth now works at Florida International University where she supervises, trains, and mentors undergraduate and graduate social work students enrolled in the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP. She prepares her students to work effectively in interprofessional teams, highlighting each professional's scope of practice and their role in the care of the client. She teaches students how social determinants of health can negatively affect client health, and how social workers are equipped to teach their clients means to overcome some of the obstacles affecting their overall wellbeing. Ms. Farnsworth holds a master’s degree in Biology from Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, France, and a Master of Social Work from New York University.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
When we think about the issues of health and healthcare, we traditionally think about biological factors and the role of professions such as medicine and nursing. However, research now indicates the importance of non-biological factors affecting health. The World Health Organization (WHO), in its constitution, defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Yet, until recently, the “social” components were often overlooked. These “social determinants of health” as defined by the WHO are the circumstances in…