Meet Our Team – Janet Blawn, LCSW
Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in how people can obtain healthcare services. One department that has thrived and has been able to serve even more patients than before the pandemic, is the Behavioral Health team at Chapa-De. Through telehealth services, Chapa-De has continued to provide the same compassionate care, while promoting the health and safety of both patients and team members. Janet Blawn is a therapist at Chapa-De’s Grass Valley Health Center. She has worked all through the pandemic to provide excellent care.
Janet has worked with the Chapa-De team for two years. She is a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She attended California State University, Long Beach and holds a Masters in Social Work. As a therapist at Chapa-De, Janet splits her time between providing general behavioral health therapy and substance use disorder treatment. She offers both individual and group care. Janet works closely with Chapa-De’s medical providers and the broader Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) teams. Teamwork is an important part of her work every day.
Chapa-De values whole person care. This includes Janet’s work in the Behavioral Health department. She works alongside providers in other departments to treat patients as a whole. This is especially true for her work with the SUD team. She said “I coordinate with providers and individuals seeking treatment. The SUD program is fully integrated with interdisciplinary approaches. We want to help our patients achieve and maintain sobriety. The path to recovery from addictions requires medical, psychological and social interventions.”
As a tribal and community health center, Chapa-De serves a specific population. Working with Chapa-De’s patients has been a great experience for Janet. “My work with people who have lived in this community has really opened my eyes. I can better see the disparities in access to treatment and resources, discrimination, and social injustices. I am proud to be part of an organization that genuinely wants to improve the health and wellbeing of this community and remove many of those obstacles,” she said.
“I think it is important to note that we treat our patients with the respect and care we would treat members of our own families. This is a small community. It is not uncommon to run into our patients in the grocery store or on a walking trail. To protect confidentiality, I don’t go up to them. But so many people will come up to me and happily introduce me to friends and family members that are with them,” she said. “It is really special when I can tell that they’ve been talking about our work together and the improvements they are experiencing in their lives. That shows a level of trust and rapport that is so meaningful to me as a clinician.”
For more information, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.
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