Ceremony honors NASW Foundation award recipients

Feb 28, 2013

By Paul R. Pace, News staff

The NASW Foundation hosted the Knee/Wittman and Rhoda G. Sarnat awards ceremony and reception for the 2011 honorees in November at the NASW national office in Washington, D.C.

NASW CEO and Foundation President Elizabeth J. Clark gave the welcome remarks and NASW President Jeane Anastas presented each of the awards.

Peter Vaughan, dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York City, was honored with the Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement in Health and Mental Health Practice award.

“This award is given to a social worker who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to improving the delivery of health and/or mental health services and their impact on individuals, groups and communities,” Anastas said. “This is evidenced through their contributions to leadership, policy development, research, teaching, administration and/or clinical practice.”

Vaughan told the audience that he has refused to become adjusted to injustice, and that serves as his inspiration.

“Hope and hopefulness guided my career and profession,” he said, adding that he has confidence the next generation of social work students will team up with seasoned professionals to create social change unlike anything known today.

Rear Adm. Peter Delany, director of the Office of Applied Studies in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, was honored with the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement in Health and Mental Health Policy award.

Anastas said Delany has demonstrated his commitment to addressing the health and mental health needs of vulnerable populations through his research, program development and leadership efforts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“My being a social worker is a specific link to what I am as a flag officer and public health officer,” Delany told the audience. “… In the past 28 years, I am proud to say I am a social worker. I am even prouder to say I am a social worker who serves in uniform of the United States Public Health Service.”

From the February 2013 NASW News