Joetta Cooke, MSW, LADC
- Social work
- Mental Health and Addiction Therapy
- Co-occurring Disorders
- Accessible Service to BIPOC Communities
- Intersectional Therapeutic Practice
- Culturally Lead Therapeutic Practice
- Harm Reduction
- Abstinence Based Approaches
- Personality Disorders
Practice philosophy: Intersectional person-centered practice allows for you to understand the whole individual that you are serving. By practicing from an intersectional person-centered philosophy you can improve the effectiveness of the service that you provide. This philosophy also allows you to grow as a provider because times will change.
What are you passionate about and why? I am passionate about serving my community. Because of systemic racism African American communities (Black Diaspora) have less access to therapeutic services/addiction services and this fact alone was the driving force that prompted me to further my education and help make way to improve access for my African American community (Black Diaspora) in health care, mental health, and addiction services settings.
If you weren't a health care provider, what would you be? I would be a history teacher if I were not a health care provider.
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I have always wanted to be a social worker to serve my community. It soon became prevalent to me that I was a great counselor and critical thinker. When I was interning with individuals experiencing homelessness I noticed how much my presence mattered to many of those that I served as a young African American woman. I quickly went on to notice that there were not many individuals that looked like me or with my expertise that served in provider positions. From then on I knew that I had to become a provider the further the representation.
What is something you have learned from your patients? People want better for themselves they just have to believe that they are deserving of it.
What is one of the challenges of this career you enjoy? And why? Thinking of ways to further access to BIPOC communities. I love this challenge because reminds me of my purpose.
What is your personal health goal? Maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
What is the best thing you have done for your health or the best health advice you have received? Taking my health more seriously. If I want to live a long and luxurious life I have to have the mind, body, and spirit to do so.
What are you most proud of? I am proud of myself for making my community proud.
What are a few of your personal achievements? Making my community proud.
- Social work
- Minneapolis Technical College
- Augsburg University
- Catholic Charities – Higher Ground St. Paul
- Lutheran Social Services – Immigration Services
- Allina Health – Addiction Services
- New Ulm Medical Center
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)