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Congrats to 2016 NASW Ohio State Award Winners!

Monday, May 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Lifetime Achievement: Judy Kiser, Region 1

Judy Kiser, ACSW, LISW-S has been a NASW member for 40+ years and was one of the original social workers who started the NASW Ohio Chapter. She has served NASW in many positions at the state and national levels. Her career began in child protection and mental health. She was later one of the first faculty at BGSU’s social work program and has mentored thousands of successful social workers over the years. Retired now, she is still considered a “go-to” for social workers and stays current with social work trends and issues.

Social Worker of the Year: Anzora Adkins, Region 6

Anzora Adkins has resided in and dedicated herself to the improvement of Evanston for 42 years. She has served on its City Council since 2007, during which she led the community through the 90-day Cincinnati Community Enhancement Program, which reduced blight by 16 percent and crime by 12 percent. She has advocated for the renovation of the Evanston Recreation Center as well as several local parks, which has allowed community members access to prosocial activities. Ms. Adkins also developed and advocated for the implementation of the Evanston Employment Resource Center, which opened in 2011. The EERC has since served hundreds of citizens from Evanston and the greater Cincinnati area in their search for employment.

Student of the Year: Keno Jackson, Region 2

Keno Jackson is an MSW student at the University of Akron. After losing both his father and sister at a young age, he overcame these tragedies and many systemic challenges, deepening his empathy and compassion for the struggles of others. He is recognized for his authentically positive attitude and dedication to supporting people in need, which he applies liberally to his advocacy work. Keno completed his BSW practicum providing support to community members at-risk of HIV/AIDS and his MSW practicum with the Veteran’s Association. He plans to continue working with veterans and supporting community members, while encouraging his two young daughters to help others and fulfill their own dreams.

Elected Official of the Year: Judge Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman, Region 8

Judge Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman is New Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge. The Honorable Judge DeGarmo VonAllman recognized the need for opiate addiction solutions in her area but knew incarceration wasn’t the answer. Instead she sought innovative methods to address this crisis. She developed the Recovery Court to address addiction and overdose in Tuscarawas County, worked with the city health department to develop a site for Vivitrol injections to support opiate recovery, and developed a community-based Recovery Team comprised of representatives from the jail, area counselors, probation officers, and the health commissioner. As a result of her dedication, the community has seen many positive changes for those who struggle with long-term addiction.

Agency of the Year: Equitas Health - Safe Point Program, Region 5

Aids Resource Center of Ohio was founded in 1984 as a non-profit system to combat HIV. Today the organization has expanded so much it has been renamed Equitas Health to reflect the wide range of services provided which include primary, sexual, and behavioral health care to the LGBTQ community and beyond. Ultimately, it plans to include dentistry and obstetric care as well. “Care for All” is the new tagline for the system, which comprises 235 employees in 13 offices in 10 cities, including Columbus and Dayton. Some 80 percent of the organization’s HIV-positive patients are virally suppressed and can live nearly as long as those without the virus. The agency has contributed so much to the community that the Columbus Foundation named it one of their “5 Nonprofits to Watch” in 2016.

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