3 Questions with Lorinda Blaisdell, LICSW

Lorinda BlaisdellLorinda Blaisdell, LICSW, serves as our operations manager for Evolv, our electronic health record system which is slated to go live across all programs in December 2018.

Prior to her Evolv project team appointment, Lorinda led the Cape Ann Community Service Agency (CSA), which serves our local families and children with a mental health diagnosis.

Lorinda has been with the agency for over six years.  

1. Lorinda, was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?

In high school I realized I wanted to help people through my work-study program working with the school’s guidance counselor. So I entered undergrad as a social work major with a goal of being a juvenile probation officer.  After my undergraduate internship, I realized that I wanted to continue my education and get an MSW with the goal of working with high-risk youth and families.

2. Name one thing that you wish more people understood about the professional role of social worker?

The diversity of the field allows for many paths as a social worker progresses through his or her career.  I have been a case manager, clinician, supervisor, program director and now an operations manager for an electronic health record (HER). I have been able to work with different populations and in different parts of the country because the opportunities for social workers are vast.

3. Lorinda, how does your social work career and education help you in your current role as a director for an electronic health record installation across our behavioral health system?

My social work education gave me a solid foundation in how to engage with people, how to develop  policy, as well as a strong set of problem-solving skills, all of which are important in my current position.  My past social work experiences influence my current role in too many ways to name, as it gives me the clinical and management background I draw upon daily.  Prior to starting with LHBS over six years ago, I was a clinician during an EHR launch and was able to see the benefits of an EHR from a clinician’s perspective and how an EHR helped me be more efficient and effective in my day-to-day work.