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From 1955 to 1964 Barbara Bailey Hodges was chief of the Bureau of Medical Assistance and Contracts, Department of Public Health in the District of Columbia. This was prior to the availability of funds for medical assistance through the medicaid program and was a unique medical assistance program in that it was run by the Department of Public Health and had contracts with many private providers. From 1967 to 1970, Hodges served as the Social Service Officer of Morris Cafritz Memorial Hospital in the District of Columbia and there established a social service department which served an urban and suburban population of rapidly changing demographics in terms of both minority and age group mixes.
Throughout Hodges' years of professional employment, she was extremely active with professional associations and was on the Executive and Education Committees of NASW and established the Journal of Medical Social Work for that organization. During World War 11, she was chairman of the AAMSW Committee on Wartime and Reconstructive Services, and in effect, served as a wartime executive secretary for the Association working closely with groups from other agencies to define the wartime role of medical social workers. It was during this period that she also worked with the Office of Civil Defense, and as a member of the Medical Social Advisory Committee to the American Red Cross. Later she served on the Standards and Practice Committee, a joint committee between medical social workers and the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers and was a member of the original committee on publications of NASW. In her position with the military social work program, Hodges traveled extensively and gave many presentations concerning the development of military social work.
Since her retirement in 1970, she moved from the Washington area to Georgia where she now lives. She has continued to be active in a number of community groups concerned with the development of services for the elderly and with historical preservation. The many documents, manuals, position papers, and speeches that Hodges developed throughout her career have been meticulously preserved and are on file with the archives of social welfare at the University of Minnesota.