Nominations now open for 2022 Social Worker of the Year Awards

January 19, 2022  //  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 nominations are now being sought for this year’s awards.

The nomination deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31.

The 19th 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 that leadership, friendship and mentorship go hand-in-hand. Her legacy is celebrated through this award by acknowledging social workers who embody these attributes.

The 9th Annual Anita Clos Award for Outstanding BSW: This award recognizes excellence in social work practice at the BSW level and is named after a 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 2 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. 

Every nominee will be honored and the 2022 award recipients will announced to recognize their excellence in social work practice

Eligibility: Michigan Medicine social workers hired before Jan. 1, 2021 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 this link to submit a nomination for either award. If you should experience any difficulties, please contact Chad Barber at or 4-8052.