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Social Work HEALS:
Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars 2017 - 2018 Doctoral Fellowships

With a generous grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund, the NASW Foundation is pleased to continue SOCIAL WORK HEALS, a collaborative endeavor of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The objective of this grant is to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the United States by advancing the education and training of health care social workers. Read More

This grant will support 5 doctoral fellowships, including one Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship, annually, during the anticipated 5-year funding period, in the amount of up to $17,900 each to applicants with demonstrated commitment to the field of health social work and engaged in dissertation research related to health care practice, policy or education. Eligible applicants must be NASW and CSWE members and be enrolled in a doctoral program in a social work education program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the field of health social work and be engaged in dissertation research related to health care social work education, policy or practice.

The Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship has been incorporated into the Social Work HEALS program and will be one of the five doctoral fellowships awarded. The Aron program provides partial support to social work doctoral candidates who are engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice. The fellowship program was established in 1987 as a tribute to Jane Aron, who was a leader in health care policy and education.

A total of $15,500 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university. An additional $2,400 will be earmarked for conference attendance and participation and leadership development. As part of the award, the 2017 - 2018 recipients will be expected to attend and participate in a poster session to present his/her dissertation study purpose/study question at NASW?s National Conference, June 2018. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient.

2017 - 2018 Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellow

Whitney Sewell, Washington University of St. Louis. The research explores why the use of a new prevention option for HIV-negative individuals - oral daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), that has been shown to reduce HIV acquisition, is disproportionately lower among African American women. The study will address this gap.

2017 - 2018 Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellows

Emma Kay, University of Alabama. The study explores the association between health care payer type and HIV health among low-income people living with HIV.

Elizabeth Matthews, Rutgers University. "Electronic Health Records and Integrated Mental Health Treatmen: The Impact of Computer use on the Quality of Care."

Yi Wang, Washington University of St. Louis. The study aims to understand community environmental effects on activity engagement and well-being among community-dwelling older adults in the United States.

Eun-Hye Yi, Indiana University. "Using technology to Enhance the Economic Well-Being and Health of Dementia Caregivers: Implications for Social Work Practice and Policy."

Previous HEALS Doctoral Fellowship Recipients

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