Michael Williams, LMSW
Michael G Williams LMSW (him/he/his)is a Black man. Mr. Williams for the last 22 years working in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx as a licensed Social worker for the Bronx V.A. Hospital. Michael serves on other organization boards such as Kidney Foundation, National Association of Social Workers(n.a.s.w.), Board of directors for the Bronx C.R.R.B and Bronx Community College, Auxiliary Corporation Bronx Community College (BCC), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PICORI) ambassador program, Election Board Worker. Last but not least Mr. Williams a United States Marine Corps Veteran. He served as a Sergeant for the USMC. His interest in combating environmental racism and decolonizing anthropology led them to join the BxCRRB’s mission to shift the culture of health research.
Mr. Williams was born in New York City and graduated from Julia Richman High School. He attended Lincoln University for one year prior to joining the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Williams was passionate about being the best Marine and soon rose to the status of Marine Corps Drill Instructor. He was honorably discharged in 1995 after 13 years of military service. Mr. Williams enrolled at Bronx Community College in 1996, where he majored in Human Services as a way to continue his enthusiasm for serving humanity. He entered Lehman College in 1998 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2000. In his need to increase his knowledge base, he was accepted into the Social Work Masters program at Yeshiva University, earned a Master’s of Social Work degree that specialized in clinical social work practice.
Committed to giving back to his fellow veterans, Mr. Williams began working at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx as a work-study student. He later became a paid intern and was eventually hired as a social worker for the Renal/Hemodialysis unit at the Bronx VA Medical Center. In his current position as the Renal Social Worker, he supports the psychosocial functioning and adjustment of patients who have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and their families. These services are provided to decrease the social and emotional stressors that are a direct result of the physical and emotional aspects of the disease process, such as altered lifestyle with changes in social, financial, vocational, and sexual functioning; and the demands of a rigorous, time-consuming and complex treatment regimen. Mr. Williams functions as part of the multidisciplinary team and is responsible for fostering a positive treatment environment with routines that recognize the cultural, religious, and ethnic differences among patients and families
Michael is not only on the board of the CRRB but he is also a graduate of the 2017 CERA cohort and he hopes to enhance his knowledge of ethics and research to share this information and empower others.