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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.

2016 - 2017 Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellow

Laura Stiel, Loma Linda University. The study aims to investigate predictors of ever having mammography in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese immigrant women and examine whether relationships between enabling and acculturation predictors and ever having mammography vary by ethnicity.

2016 - 2017 Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellows

Stephanie Begun, University of Denver. The study builds upon emerging literature that considers social network influences on homeless youths’ pro pregnancy attitudes and behaviors to inform more effective and culturally responsive approaches to pregnancy and HIV prevention among homeless youth.

Andrea Kennedy, University of Southern California. “The Longitudinal Impact of Family and Neighborhood Stress on Childhood Obesity among Maltreated and Comparison Youth.”

Eun Ha Namkung, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study explores the intergenerational relationship in families of an adult child with disabilities and the implications for parental health.

Beth Prusaczyk, Washington University in St. Louis. Research will examine how the healthcare system currently delivers transitional care to older adults with dementia and the variation in that delivery across patient and provider characteristics.

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