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Gretchen Heidemann - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Gretchen Heidemann Gretchen Heidemann

Adjunct Instructor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Gretchen Heidemann is an adjunct lecturer at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Education (3)

University of Southern California: PhD 2013

University of California, Los Angeles: MSW

University of Cincinnati: BA

Areas of Expertise (8)

Social Work Domestic Violence Women and Girls Macro Practice Social Welfare Policy Community-Based Research Homelessness Substance Abuse

Industry Expertise (3)

Research Education/Learning Social Services


Articles & Publications (5)

Validation of the Policy Advocacy Engagement Scale for frontline healthcare professionals Nursing Ethics

Bruce S Jansson, Adeline Nyamathi, Gretchen Heidemann, Lei Duan, Charles Kaplan


Nurses, social workers, and medical residents are ethically mandated to engage in policy advocacy to promote the health and well-being of patients and increase access to care. Yet, no instrument exists to measure their level of engagement in policy advocacy.

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Predicting Levels of Policy Advocacy Engagement Among Acute-Care Health Professionals Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice

Bruce S Jansson, Adeline Nyamathi, Gretchen Heidemann, Melissa Bird, Cathy Rogers Ward, Katherine Brown-Saltzman, Lei Duan, Charles Kaplan


This study aims to describe the factors that predict health professionals' engagement in policy advocacy. The researchers used a cross-sectional research design with a sample of 97 nurses, 94 social workers, and 104 medical residents from eight hospitals in Los Angeles.

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Beyond recidivism: How formerly incarcerated women define success Affilia

Gretchen Heidemann, Julie A Cederbaum, Sidney Martinez


This study explores how formerly incarcerated women define success. Qualitative analysis of data from in-depth interviews with 30 women who had been released from prison at least 3 months prior to the interview suggests that avoiding recidivism is only one aspect of success for this population.

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Wounded healers: How formerly incarcerated women help themselves by helping others Punishment & Society

Gretchen Heidemann, Julie A Cederbaum, Sidney Martinez, Thomas P LeBel


This mixed methods study explores the role that being a helper/wounded healer has for formerly incarcerated women. Regression analyses examining the influence of a helper/wounded healer orientation on self-esteem and social support are triangulated with in-depth responses to probes regarding the benefits of helping others among a purposive sample of previously incarcerated women.

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Predicting Patient Advocacy Engagement: A Multiple Regression Analysis Using Data From Health Professionals in Acute-Care Hospitals Social Work in Health Care

Bruce S Jansson, Adeline Nyamathi, Gretchen Heidemann, Lei Duan, Charles Kaplan


Although literature documents the need for hospital social workers, nurses, and medical residents to engage in patient advocacy, little information exists about what predicts the extent they do so. This study aims to identify predictors of health professionals' patient advocacy engagement with respect to a broad range of patients' problems.

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