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SSWLHC 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference

Theme: Rising Together as Social Work Leaders in Health Care

October 11 – 14, 2017

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Registration will open in April, 2017

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SSWLHC 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference Details:

SSWLHC 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference Schedule of Events

Tuesday October 25

TimeAgenda
9:00 AM – 5:00 PMSSWLHC Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 PM – 5:00 PMRegistration
2:00 PM – 6:00 PMI-1: Leadership Institute, Part I

Wednesday October 26

TimeAgendaDetails
7:00 AM – 6:30 PMRegistration
7:30 AM – 4:30 PMI-1: Leadership Institute, Part II
7:30 AM – 4:30 PMI-2: Pediatric Health Care Social
Work Intensive
12:30 PM – 4:30 PMI-3: Leaning in to Leadership in Case
Management Half-Day Intensive
12:30 PM – 4:30 PMHEALS Half-Day Intensive
12:30 PM – 4:30 PMVA Meeting
1:00 PM – 4:30 PMChapter Presidents' MeetingBy Invitation Only
5:00 PM – 6:00 PMNew Member & First Time Attendee
Orientation and Membership Meeting
6:00 PM – 7:00 PMWelcome Reception with Exhibitors
and Premier of Posters
7:00 PM – 9:00 PMOpening Banquet Dinner with
Presentation of Awards
Awards:
The Ida M. Cannon Award,
The Health Care Social Work Leader
of the Year Award
Kermit B. Nash Lecture by
Speaker: Dr. Jorja Leap
Dr. Jorja Leap:
Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare,
Director of Health and Social Justice
Partnership at the UCLA Luskin
School of Public Affairs

Thursday October 27

TimeEventDetails
6:30 AM – 4:00 PMRegistration
6:30 AM – 7:45 AMContinental Breakfast with
Exhibitors and Posters
7:45 AM – 8:00 AMWelcome and Presentation of AwardsAwards:
The Eleanor Clark Award for
Innovative Programs in Patient Care,
The Hyman J. Weiner Award
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMKeynote Speaker:
Shirley Otis-Green
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, OSW-C:
Clinical Director of Consulting Services,
The Coalition for Compassionate
Care of California;

Research Consultant, Psychosocial Oncology
Specialization Program at the University of
Louisville, Kent School of Social Work;

Founder, Collaborative Caring
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMTransition Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMConcurrent Session 1:
W-01: Managing Obstructive Behaviors
in a Patient and Family Centered Care
Environment: A Multidisciplinary Approach
With Alessandra Iaderosa
W-02: “Hello” from the Other Side:
Transitioning from Colleague to Manager
With Amy LaMarca Lyon
W-03: Behavioral Health Documentation/
Collaborative Documentation
With Jordana Rutigliano
W-04: Trauma Informed De-Escalation Training:
Development and Implementation
With Juliana Wallace
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMRefreshment Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMConcurrent Session 2:
W-05: Put Down the Shovel: Exploring Chronic
Pain Rehab
With Julie Joy
W-06: Drawing on our Emotional Intelligence:
Top 10 Tips for Leaders
With Karen Nelson
W-07: Using Telemedicine to Meet the Growing
Social Work Demand
With Carey Spain
W-08: The Elevated Priority to Coordinate Care
in the Age of Payment Reform – Social
Worker Role Needed More than Ever
With Selena Bolotin
12:00 PM – 1:30 PMLunch with Networking, Exhibitors,
and Poster Viewing
Lunch is included in
your registration
1:30 PM – 2:30 PMConcurrent Session 3
W-09: Coping with the Sadness: Narratives from
Social Workers, Physicians, and Nurses Who
Work with Dying Children in Acute Pediatric
Hospital Care
With Barbara Muskat
W-10: Financial Management Basics for
Non-Financial Managers
With Kim Adams
W-11: Code Blue: Social Work Best Practices
to Include Families
With Tracy Hirai-Seaton
W-12: Caring for Those Who Care: Supporting
Family Caregivers of Veterans
With Margaret Kabat
2:30 PM – 3:00 PMTransition Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMConcurrent Session 4
W-13: Home Grown: How Developing a Successful
Student Program Will Enrich and Strengthen
Your Future Work Force
With Lee Lucas
W-14: Transformational LeadershipWith Kathleen Diehl
W-15: Youth Interrupted: Strategies for Improving
the Management of the Growing Behavioral Health
Crisis in the Medical Hospital Setting
With Erin Perry
W-16: Seven Pertinent Principals in Productively
Engaging Polygamists in Medical Care: A Cultural
Overview of the Fundamentalist Mormon Culture,
and Overcoming the Barriers to Produce
a Productive Partnership
With David Dye
4:00 PM – 4:30 PMRefreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
4:30 PM – 5:30 PMConcurrent Session 5
W-17: Preparing Social Workers for the 21st Century:
Essential Competencies for Practice in Integrated
Behavioral Health Settings
With Mark de St. Aubin
W-18: The Impact of Gender on Your
Leadership Practice
With Charles Robbins
W-19: Growing Our Own: Development of a
Centralized Field Education Program
With Jill Karnes
W-20: The Benefits, Risks, and Ethical Issues
Surrounding the Provision of Acute Rehabilitation
to an Undocumented Immigrant with a Spinal
Cord Injury – A Case Study
With Remi Ojumu
5:30 PMFree Evening

Friday October 28

TimeEventDetails
6:30 AM – 4:00 PMRegistration
6:30 AM – 7:30 AMPast Presidents’ Breakfast
(By Invitation Only)
6:30 AM – 7:45 AMContinental Breakfast with Exhibitors
and Poster Viewing
7:45 AM – 8:00 AMWelcome and Presentation of AwardAward:
The Joan Upshaw Award
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMPlenary Speaker:
Joanna Fawzy Morales
Joanna Fawzy:
Morales, Esq., CEO,
Triage Cancer
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMTransition Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMConcurrent Session 6
W-21: Medical-Legal Social Work Practice:
The Successful Convergence of Two Disciplines
With Alethia Battles
W-22: Stay Healthy Outpatient Program:
An Innovative Approach to Reducing
30-Day Readmissions
With Robert Hackleman
W-23: Social Security Disability Insurance
– Important Resources for Social Workers
With Karen Hercules-Doerr
W-24: Integrated Primary and Specialty Care:
The Community Care Team Model
With Brooke Griffiths
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMRefreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMConcurrent Session 7
W-25: Mentoring: A Tool for Aspiring
Health CareLeaders in Changing Times
With Erica Menzer
W-26: Trauma Informed Care – A Conceptual
Model thatAdvances the Delivery of
Healthcare Services
With Samara Grossman
W-27: Burnout Can Happen to Patients Too:
How toAddress in the ClinicalSetting
With Rebecca Axline
W-28: Advancing Patient and Family
Centered CareThrough Patient and Family
Advisory Councils
With Wendy Griffith
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch on your own
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMJoin Meeting of the SSWLHC &
Foundation Board of Directors
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMConcurrent Session 8
W-29: Social Worker or Grim Reaper? Eliciting
Patient Preferences for End of Life Care in
Heart Failure Patients
With Arden O'Donnell
W-30: Be Well, Be You: Utilizing a Wellness
Perspective to Address the Effects of Cancer
on the Adolescent and Young Adult Population
With Karen Rediger
W-31: Integrating Cognitive Health
into the Healthcare Model
With Natalia Shtompel
W-32: Wellness Support Groups
for Resident Physicians
With Hallie Stone
2:00 PM – 2:30 PMRefreshment Break, Final Poster Viewing,
and Closing Raffle
2:30 PM – 3:30 PMConcurrent Session 9
W-33: The Ethics of Social MediaWith Ronald Davis
W-34: Care Transitions in Social Work Across
the End of Life Care Continuum
With Kathleen Wade
W-35: Improving Addiction Care
Team: Social Work Leadership in a
Consult Service
With Julianna Wallace
W-36: Part 1 of 2 – Social Work Supervision
in Home Care and Hospice: An Essential
Component of Program Quality
With Mark de St. Aubin
3:30 PM – 4:00 PMTransition Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMConcurrent Session 10
W-37: Guardianship in the Hospital Setting:
Education, Process, andOutcomes
With Carrie Whitaker
W-38: Recognizing MSW Contributions and
Providing a Framework for Advancement;
Exploring the UMHS MSW Career Ladder
With Stacey Klett
W-39: VA Social Work: Basic Training
for Community Partners
With LeAnn Bruce
W-40: Part 2 of 2 – Social Work Supervision
in Home Care and Hospice: An Essential
Component of Program Quality
With Mark de St. Aubin
5:30 PM – 7:00 PMHappy Hour: Social Work Health
Leadership Foundation Fundraiser
(Ticket Required)

Saturday October 29

TimeEventDetails
7:00 AM – 12:00 PMRegistration/CEU Form Drop-Off
7:00 AM – 8:00 AMContinental Breakfast
7:00 AM – 8:00 AMLeadership Institute Regroup & Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMConcurrent Session 11
W-41: Telling the Story: An Innovative Approach
to Capturing Social Work Contributions, Clinical
Outcomes, and Psychosocial Acuity
With Stacey Klett
W-42: Veteran’s Affairs Women’s Initiate
Specialized Services for Female Veterans
With Erica Myrtle-Holmes
W-43: Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom:
Preparing the Next Generation of MSW
Students for Careers in Health Care
With Michael Talamantes
W-44
Innovation in Social Work
Leadership: Buckle-Up for
a Fun and Challenging
Ride
With Heather Brungardt
and Sabra Boyd
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMTransition Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMConcurrent Session 12
W-45: Integrated Behavioral Health
for Young Adults in Primary Care
With Sarah M. Gale
W-46: Data Driven Social Needs
Programming
With Jennifer Valenzuela
W-47: The SAGE Program: Social
Work Innovation in Palliative Care
With Catherine Arnold
W-48: Social Work Embedded Project
Managers and How They Can Provide
Value to Your Leadership Team
With Kathleen Wade
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMCheck-Out Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMConcurrent Session 13
W-49: Using LEAN Thinking to
Improve the Recruitment
and Onboarding of New Hires
With Karen Nelson
W-50: Suicide Prevention: A New
Focus and New Solutions
for Integrated Care
With Virna Little
W-51: Creative Care Management: Increasing
Home Care Services for Persons with Alzheimer’s
Disease and Their Caregivers
With William Cabin
W-52: Training HIV Medical Providers in
Motivational Interviewing to Improve Adherence
to ART in Patients and Prevent Burn-out in
Providers; A Research Project
With Susan Larrabee
12:00 PMConference Adjournment

SSWLHC 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference Schedule at a Glance

SSWLHC 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference Brochure

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• Full Day Intensive

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• Thursday Lunch
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Handout Guidelines
Handout materials are a vital component of the Conference’s educational sessions. Handouts are typically your PowerPoint slides though they can be any form of written or visual materials that supplement your presentation. All handouts must be received by Tuesday, October 4, 2016. It is the Society’s expectation that each session will have a handout.

The Society will not be duplicating handouts. Handouts will be uploaded to a password protected page of the Society’s website. Conference attendees will be responsible for downloading and printing handouts for the sessions they plan to attend. Handouts may also be loaded to a USB flash drive that attendees may receive as part of their registration packets. The Society will convert all handouts to PDF files to protect the integrity of the speakers’ work.

The following are some guidelines that will assist you in putting together your material.

All Handouts

  • Must be received at the Society’s Headquarters no later than Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  • Must be clearly identified with your name, title of your session, and email address. Speakers are being asked to include e-mail addresses on the first slide of PowerPoint presentations or on the cover page to handouts so that attendees have this as a reference should they want to contact you after the meeting
  • Must be e-mailed in the form of Microsoft Word documents, Adobe PDF or Microsoft PowerPoint slides. All handouts must be electronic. Faxed handouts will not be accepted

Preparing Handouts

When preparing handouts, please keep the following in mind:

  • Use a 10 point or larger, non-stylized font (e.g. Times New Roman, Courier, etc.)
  • Limit the amount of information on each slide. Excessive information or data on slides may confuse the audience’s ability to absorb the content. The general rule that may help guide you is that no slide should contain more than six words per line and no more than six lines per slide.
  • Include your name, session title and e-mail address on the first page and/or first slide of the handouts

Send To

All handouts are to be sent electronically to Julia Debald: jdebald@fernley.com

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If you should have any questions regarding handouts please call Julia Debald at (215) 564-3484 x2244


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Poster Presentation Guidelines
Handout materials are a vital component of the Conference presentations. The following are some guidelines that will assist you in putting together your material.

Preparing Posters

  • SSWLHC will provide a 4-ft. (height) by 8-ft. (width) board for poster presentations. You will have one side of the display board to tack your materials.
  • It is suggested that abstract title and authors are printed at the top of your poster board in large lettering that can be easily read at a distance of 6 feet. If you have any charts or graphs, please be sure they can easily be read at a distance of 6 feet.
  • All materials should be printed on thin paper or poster paper. Keep in mind that heavy paper may be difficult to keep in place on the display.
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Poster Setup and Presentation

  • Materials may be mounted using pushpins, Velcro or thumbtacks. Pushpins will be provided. If you wish to use other mounting materials, you must supply your own.
  • A numbering system will allow you and the attendees to locate your poster board. Conference staff will place the number to your board. You will be e-mailed your poster number as the conference date approaches.
  • Posters will be set up on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Installation is from 1:00–5:00 PM. Presenters are welcome to set up at any point during this time frame according to what best works with their schedule. Posters should be ready for viewing in time for Wednesday’s Welcome Reception at 5:30 PM.
  • If you would like to bring handouts with you, please feel free to do so. SSWLHC cannot make any photocopies onsite, so please be certain to bring any materials you would like to distribute with you. Approximately fifty (50) copies are recommended.
  • Presenting authors are requested to be available at their display during peak viewing times in order to answer questions and engage in discussion. Peak viewing times are:
    • Wednesday, October 26, 2016; 5:30–6:30 PM
    • Thursday, October 27, 2016;  (Welcome Reception) 6:30–7:45 AM (Breakfast); 12:15–1:00 PM (Lunch)
    • Friday, October 28, 2016; 6:30–7:45 AM (Breakfast); 2:00–2:30 PM (Final viewing)

Poster Dismantle

  • Dismantling is on Friday, October 28 from 2:30–4:00 PM. Posters must be removed by no later than 4:00 PM on Friday. We cannot take responsibility for materials that are not recovered within that time period.

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Ida M. Cannon Award
The inspiration for this most prestigious SSWLHC award, first presented in 1971, was Ida M. Cannon, who organized the first social work department in an acute care medical setting. Harriet Bartlett explained Ida Cannon’s impact on the early field of social work in her 1975 article.

Award Purpose, Expectations of Nominees

This award honors a national figure in health care social work for outstanding contributions to the leadership of social work in a health care setting and to the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. Candidates must be widely recognized leaders in the field of health care social work and demonstrate the qualities that made Ida Cannon successful as the first social work leader in health care.

Award Criteria

In addition to demonstrating the characteristics of candidates for all Society awards (established by the SSWLHC Board in 1981), the Ida M. Cannon recipient must be a national SSWLHC member who demonstrates:

  • Capacity and ability to lead, organize, and evaluate the effective and efficient provision of social work in the health care field.
  • Leadership in the practice of health care administration that exemplifies the skills, qualities, and ethics of social work.
  • Ability to use knowledge and experience to influence the health care system and the external environment in order to meet the psychosocial needs of patients, families, and populations. Has shown ability to organize and transmit that knowledge and experience in a meaningful way.
  • Capacity and willingness to assist/ consult with others to develop management and leadership skills in health care.
  • Significant experience and success over time as a contributing member of the SSWLHC.

Winner Receives

  • Personalized, specially engraved award presented at the Opening Banquet dinner with five minutes to accept
  • One (1) complimentary guest ticket to the Opening Banquet dinner
  • Annual Meeting Conference Registration fee will be waived
  • Bulletin board at the conference

Previous Recipients

Year Recipient
1971Beatrice Phillips
1972Bernice C. Harper
1973Maurice V. Russell
1974John Wax
1975Helen Rehr
1976Evelyn McNamera
1977Jean M. Dockhom
1978Abraham Lurie
1979Eleanor Clark
1980Martin Nacman
1981Jayne B. Shelton
1982Barbara Henley
1983Patricia J. Vollard
1984Gary Rosenberg
1985Susan B. Baillis
1986W. June Simmons
1987Herbert J. Allen
1988Andrew Weissman
1989Lawrence C. Shulman
1990Evelyn E. Bonander
1991Robert T. Stepanek
1992Patricia Meadows
1993No Recipient
1994Susan Haikalis
1995Candyce Berger
1996Judith Trachtenberg
1997Alice Scesney
1998Greg Jensen
1999Alice Kitchen
2000No Recipient
2001Rose Popovich
2002Sona Euster
2003Ellen Perlman Simon
2004Linda Brandeis
2005Jill E. Manske
2006Mary Norris Brown
2007Mary Lou Krieger
2008Polly Jones
2009James Zabora
2010Richard Woodrow
2011Charles L. Robbins
2012Sheri Hilger
2013Stanley G. Remer
2014Margaret Meyer
2015Edward Woomer

Health Care Social Work Leader of the Year Award
Established in 1981, this award recognizes a social work leader from any one of the wide range of health care settings in which social work is influential.

Award Purpose, Expectations of Nominees

This award honors a social work leader in health care who develops and implements creative and innovative ways to improve the delivery of social work services. In this context, leader refers to all social workers who have had central involvement in developing the improved delivery systems.

Award Criteria

In addition to demonstrating the characteristics of candidates for all Society awards (revised by the SSWLHC Board in 2003), the Health Care Social Work Leader of the Year recipient must an individual:

  • Works in a health care setting – long term care, rehabilitation, ambulatory, behavioral health care, home care, etc.
  • Leads a health care social work program within the department or setting
  • Demonstrates excellence in leadership and skill in the solutions of complex psycho social situations as a clinician, supervisor or consultant
  • Relates in an effective, assertive manner to all who are active in the social health care system- e.g., health care administrators, physicians and nurses, other professional or support staff, community agency personnel
  • Serves on organizational wide committees such as performance improvement, length of stay initiatives, education, long range planning, JCAHO preparation, etc.
  • Provides community service by serving on boards of directors of, or as a consultant to, social, health, education and other service oriented groups
  • May have responsibility for the day to day supervision of staff
  • May offer direct social work services to clients

Winner Receives

  • Personalized, specially engraved award presented at the Opening Banquet dinner with five minutes to accept
  • One (1) complimentary guest ticket to the Opening Banquet dinner
  • Annual Meeting Conference Registration fee will be waived
  • Bulletin board at the conference

Previous Recipients

Year Recipient
1983Francis Littman
1984Gene C. Rifkin
1985Jane A. Collins
1986M. Susan Schneberger
1987C. Arlene Castanada
1988Michael King
1989Mary Ann Soerries
1990Charles S. Hughes
1991Virginia Vayda
1992Jeanette D. Perdue
1993Gail Rothrock
1994Barbara J. Cohn
1995Suzanne M. Hemp
1996Susan Saunders
1997Christopher Carpenter
1998Deborah Chesky
1999Roger Lamontagne
2000Sandra Ryant-Devine
2001Sarah A. Oland
2002Kathleen Krieg
2003Linda May Jones
2004Stephanie Lane Rakofsky
2005Daniel Reece
2006Kathleen M. Wa
2007Paula Crombie
2008Pamela Thompson
2009Rod Fifield
2010Judy Lukas Arnold
2011Margaret Meyer
2012Mary Norris Brown
2013Virna Little
2014Anthony Yamamoto
2015Carol Maxwell

Eleanor Clark Award For Innovative Programs in Patient Care
The Eleanor Clark Award was established in 1985 as a fitting way to honor the memory of SSWLHC leader Eleanor Clark. She served as the 13th president of the SSWLHC in 1978, and received the Ida M Cannon Award in 1979.

Eleanor’s legacy includes nearly 30 years with Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as the Director of the social work department from 1964 to 1984. At that time, she was promoted to associate general director of the hospital. When she died later that year, Eleanor was actively working on the development of innovative patient care programs. Her last major project was the MGH Coordinator Care Program. Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the project enhanced patients’ abilities to return to their communities by ensuring the provision of services necessary for them to remain in their homes following discharge.

Award Purpose, Expectations of Nominees

This award honors an individual or team for the development, implementation and evaluation of a clinical or social action program that emulates Eleanor Clark’s spirit of discovery and innovation. In addition, the award seeks to promote the creative and valuable new programs throughout the health care field.

Award Criteria

In addition to demonstrating the characteristics of candidates for all Society awards (established by the SSWLHC Board in 1981), The Eleanor Clark Award recipient must be an individual who developed and successfully implemented an innovative clinical or social action focused program. The program’s merits and achievements are evaluated by all of the following:

  • Fulfills an unmet need for a specific population
  • Demonstrates sound conceptualization and program design
  • Successful program implementation
  • Demonstration of the program’s effectiveness

Winner Receives

  • Personalized, specially engraved award presented at the Opening Banquet dinner with two minutes to accept
  • Annual Meeting Conference Registration fee will be waived
  • Bulletin board at the conference

Previous Recipients

Year Recipient
1986Sandra McCormick
1987Polly Jones
1988W. June Simmons
1989Thomas E. Bryden
1990Anne Groves &
Helen G. Clinton
1991Cheri Plavnick
1992Gayle Doucette
1993Ellen Parker & Laurie
Hackett
1994Mary Anne Macaulay
1995Paula Edwards-Wills
1996Sarah Meadows
1997Stephen E. Corso
1998No Recipient
1999Grady Memorial Hospital,
Charlotte Turner, Director
2000No Recipient
2001Jaris S.Hammond
2002Terri Drew
2003Toni Cabat
2004Virna Little
2005Deborah Chesky
2006Susan Kheder
2007No Recipient
2008Kathleen Wade
2009No Recipient
2010No Recipient
2011Carol Frazier Maxwell
2012No recipient
2013Paula Crombie
2014Stephanie Johnstone
2015Wendy Griffith, Donna Suckow & Mark Anderson

Hyman J. Weiner Award
Known to many Society members and other peers around the country as “Hy,” Hyman J Weiner was a great social work leader, inspiring teacher, and thoughtful researcher who was instrumental in the advancement of the practice of social work in health care settings. A professor at Columbia University School of Social Work, until his untimely death in 1980, Hy was one of the first directors of the SSWLHC’s Social Work Administration in Health Care Program (formerly known as the 13 Month Course in Social Work Management), then co-sponsored by Columbia. Consistently popular as a lecturer at the Society’s annual meetings, he made learning a great joy.

Award Purpose, Expectations of Nominees

This award honors an SSWLHC member who typifies Hyman J. Weiner’s outstanding qualities as a teacher, scholar, advocate, change agent and humorous and compassionate person. Candidates will be evaluated for their demonstration of these qualities, as well as for their excellence in their field as described below.

Award Criteria

Work and has made outstanding contributions to the profession through research, publications and/ or teaching in one of the following arenas:

  • Innovative application of new thinking and practice in the arena of health care social work leadership
  • Introduction and/or development of the social work role in a new program or area of health care
  • Creative planning and improvement of social work staff development and student field instruction in health care
  • Promotion of school and field alliance in social work health care education

Winner Receives

  • Personalized, specially engraved award presented at the Opening Banquet dinner with two minutes to accept
  • Annual Meeting Conference Registration fee will be waived
  • Bulletin board at the conference

Previous Recipients

Year Recipient
1983Frances Nason
1984Alex Gitterman
1985Abraham Lurie
1986Donna King
1987Barbara Berkman
1988Claudia Coulton
1989Sylvia Clark
1990Thomas Owen Carlton
1991Candyce Berger
1992Kermit Nash
1993Kay Davidson
1994Hans S. Falck
1995Zelda Foster
1996Charles L. Robbins
1997Richard D. Woodrow
1998William J. Spitzer
1999Sona Euster
2000Susan Blumenfield
2001Susan Saunders
2002Margaret Dietz
2003Jane Parker-Domanski
2004Patricia Kolar
2005Ann Daniels
2006Susan Matorin
2007Judith Trachtenberg
2008Edward Woomer
2009No Recipient
2010William Tietjen
2011M. Carlean Gilbert
2012No Recipient
2013Carolyn Messner
2014Linda Brandeis
2015Polly Jones

Joan Upshaw Award
The Joan Upshaw Award was established in 2014 as a fitting way to honor the memory of SSWLHC leader Joan K. Upshaw. Joan was a social work leader in health care, a longtime member of the Society and a pioneer in social work enterprise. This award honors the memory of Joan’s entrepreneurial spirit.

In 1988, Joan founded her own social work company, first known as Joan Upshaw & Associates, a clinical social work agency, which later became Social Work p.r.n. As the Founder and President of Social Work p.r.n., Joan pioneered the field of social work staffing. Her entrepreneurial drive built Social Work p.r.n. as a nationwide company.

Joan mentored so many social workers throughout her career and was a lifetime member of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care.

Award Purpose, Expectations of Nominees

This award honors an individual who demonstrates the application of entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship principles in their role as a formal or informal leader in social work in health care, including identifying and starting new ventures, increasing the efficacy and efficiency of social work interventions, generating new social work products and services and advocating for the profession of social work.

Award Criteria

In addition to demonstrating the characteristics of candidates for all Society awards (established by the SSWLHC Board in 1981) an individual must demonstrate a commitment to diversity in their role as a leader in social work in health care, including strengthening efforts targeted at increasing diversity within social work in health care and employing practice interventions that promote cultural humility. The individual must demonstrate the following characteristics:Innovative application of new thinking and practice in the arena of health care social work leadership

  • A commitment to promoting and advocating for social work in their role as a formal or informal leader in social work in health care, including growing practice opportunities for social workers
  • Enhance the public image of social work, and increase access to social work services for vulnerable populations
  • Demonstrate a mentorship for emerging social work leaders in health care
  • Offer opportunities for growth and development for social workers in their role as formal or informal leader in social work in health care.

Winner Receives

  • Personalized, specially engraved award presented at the morning plenary session with two minutes to accept
  • $300 award check
  • Bulletin board at the conference

Previous Recipients

YearRecipient
2014Alice Kitchen
2015June Simmons

51st Annual Meeting & Conference
Social Work Innovations for Health Care in Changing Times
October 26-29, 2016 | Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa | Costa Mesa, CA

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50th Annual Meeting & Conference
50 Years of Excellence: Honoring the Past, Leading the Future
October 14-17, 2015 | Hyatt Regency Austin | Austin, TX

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49th Annual Meeting & Conference
The Wide Lens of Social Work Practice Across the Continuum
November 5-8, 2014 | Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek | Salt Lake City, UT
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SSWLHC 2014 Award Recipients 

48th Annual Meeting & Conference
Social Work: Essential to the Future of Health Care
October 2-5, 2013 | Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel | Philadelphia, PA
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SSWLHC 2013 Award Recipients 

47th Annual Meeting & Conference
Social Work in Healthcare reform: Leading the Charge to the Summit
October 31-November 3, 2012 | Marriott Denver City Center | Denver, CO
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46th Annual Meeting & Conference
Social Workers in Health Care: Navigating Our Troubled Waters
October 26-29, 2011 | The Fairmont San Francisco | San Francisco, CA
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45th Annual Meeting & Conference
Social Workers in Health Care: Lead Today or Follow Tomorrow
November 3-6, 2010 | Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina | Tampa, FL
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44th Annual Meeting & Conference
Leadership in Action: Balancing Hope, Reality and Opportunity
April 22-25, 2009 | Hilton Riverside New Orleans | New Orleans, LA
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43rd Annual Meeting & Conference
Crossing Borders, Building Bridges… Expanding Horizons
April 2 – 5, 2008 | Hyatt Regency Montreal
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42nd Annual Meeting & Conference
Advancing Leadership in Healthcare Social Work
April 25-28, 2007 | Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing | Philadelphia, PA
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40th Annual Meeting & Conference
Celebrating 100 Years of Social Work in Health Care
April 13-16, 2005 | Hyatt Regency Houston | Houston, TX
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39th Annual Meeting & Conference
Social Work in Health Care: A Sure Bet!
April 28-30, 2004 | Flamingo Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, NV
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