Nominees sought for 2023 Social Workers of the Year awards

January 31, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Each year, the organization recognizes excellence in social work practice for social workers at the master’s level (MSW) and bachelor’s level (BSW).

To help, you are asked to nominate social workers for this year’s awards by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6.

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 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 9th 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 awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the CVC Danto Auditorium and via Zoom. All are welcome. 

Every nominee will be honored and the 2023 award recipients will be announced to recognize their excellence in social work practice. 

Eligibility: Michigan Medicine social workers hired before Jan. 1, 2022, 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.


  • Contributions/demonstrated excellence in the following areas (must meet 3 or more):
    • Professional social work practice
    • Education
    • Leadership
    • Program development
    • Patient advocacy
    • Research / Scholarship
    • Innovation
    • Community
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    • Interprofessional teamwork 
  • Positively influences perspectives of social work practice at Michigan Medicine

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.