Nominate colleagues for 2021 Social Worker of the Year awards!

January 12, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Each year, excellence in social work practice is recognized for social workers at the master’s level (MSW) and bachelor’s level (BSW) — and faculty and staff are invited to nominate social workers for this year’s awards.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

The 18th annual Beverly Jean Howard Award for Excellence in Social Work

This award recognizes excellence in social work practice at the MSW level and is given in the name of a beloved colleague who died in September 2002. Beverly taught us that leadership, friendship and mentorship go hand-in-hand. We celebrate her legacy with this award and acknowledge our fellow social workers who embody these attributes.

The 8th Annual Anita Clos Award for Outstanding BSW

This award recognizes excellence in social work practice at the BSW level and is named after previous social work manager, Anita Clos, who advocated for the value and inclusion of BSW roles at Michigan Medicine. This award is to honor Anita, the commitment she gave to the BSW scope of practice and to the BSWs who practice the outstanding work she intended to recognize. 

This year’s award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom and all employees are welcome to join us. 

Every nominee will be honored and the 2021 award recipients will be announced to recognize their excellence in social work practice.

Eligibility: Michigan Medicine social workers hired before Jan. 1, 2020 are eligible. In order to continue recognizing new colleagues, the remarkable social workers who are previous recipients of either award are not eligible to be nominated again for five years following their award, therefore their names will not appear in the electronic nomination form.

Nominations: Any Michigan Medicine employee may nominate a social worker for recognition.

Please click here to submit a nomination for either award.

If you should experience any difficulties, please contact Chad Barber at or 4-8052.