National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Education and Experience
Gloria Benson is a Medical Social Worker at Wrangell Medical Center. Gloria earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Bachelor of Social Work Cohort was created for rural communities of Alaska through the State of Alaska and UAF. It is an honor to be a part of that cohort.
Before joining the SEARHC Care Network, Gloria worked with Yakutat Community Health Center Behavioral Health Services Department where she gained valuable professional experience working as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, in Community Outreach and as a Fee Agent. Previously she was Director of Higher Education and director of Vocational Education under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Gloria was also a project coordinator for the Yakutat Community Coalition, a Federally Funded Grant ‘SAMHA” funded through Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Social Services. She worked full time while attended school in both Bethel and Fairbanks.
When asked about her arrival here, Gloria commented “I appreciate the training and dedication of SEARHC employees”.
Awards and Honors
Phi Alpha Honor Society
Massage and neuromuscular therapy rate high on Gloria’s list of professional interests. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family, the outdoors, yoga, reading and meditation.