A major responsibility for the council is to review and make recommendations regarding grant applications.
By Paul R. Pace, NASW News Staff – Vol. 54, No. 9, October 2009
NASW member W. June Simmons, CEO of the Partners in Care Foundation, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Aging. The council is among several national research advisory councils reporting to the director of the National Institutes of Health concerning pertinent programs.
“As a social worker, I am honored to represent the field — especially during these challenging times — on this very important advisory council,” Simmons said in a statement.
A major responsibility for the council is to review and make recommendations regarding grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.
Simmons will serve on the Advisory Council until December 2012 and will participate in council meetings held at the NIH.
According to the Partners in Care Foundation, Simmons’ career includes numerous activities involving aging issues.
She was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. She serves as senior adviser to the Alliance for Children and Families’ National Initiative for Transforming Social Service Geriatric Practice. She is an appointee to the HMO Caregiver Work Group, a national think tank funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to advance managed care models for caring for the aging population.
Simmons is an advisory board member of the Practice Change Fellows Selection Committee and was founding chair of the National Chronic Care Consortium. She initiates and directs the Institute for Advancement of Geriatric Social Work Education, a cooperative venture between major Southern California graduate schools of social work to develop the region as a center of excellence in geriatric social work education.
In addition, Simmons serves on major national and local technical committees, panels and advisory boards.