Caryn Blanton, MSW, LCSW
Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel
Clinical Social Worker, Rush University Medical Center
Caryn Blanton is a licensed clinical social worker, who holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Illinois Chicago and a master of social work from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Blanton currently works at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, as part of the Social Work Services Team. This team uses an evidence-based model, The Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS), to assess and treat the needs of complex patients. The AIMS model is a risk-focused form of case management, which allows for a patient-centered goal setting, guided by a standardized protocol. Here, she is a part of an interdisciplinary team, which assists patients in identifying and addressing psychosocial needs that are impacting the patients' ability to be successful in reaching their healthcare goals.
Blanton formerly served as an HIV medical case manager at Action Wellness (formerly known as ActionAIDS) and as a clinical social worker at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Methodist Division, in Philadelphia. In those roles, much of her work was focused on smoking cessation, COPD education, social determinants of health and the impact that mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety) and other mental illness can have on one's ability to manage their health. She is trained in motivational interviewing, sexual assault crisis intervention, basic mediation skills and advanced elder mediation training. Blanton takes a special interest in helping patients take an active role in their healthcare; helping to educate patients on the impact of lifestyle choices on one's well-being and to empower patients to identify the ways in which they can begin to regain control of their health. Blanton takes a patient-centered, trauma-informed approach to care and helps patients learn to cope with both life-altering and life-limiting illness.