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Jennifer (Parr) Derner, LCSW, a 1995 MSW graduate of Saint Louis University, was recently recognized as the 2014 Social Worker of the Year by the Social Work Leaders in Health Care of Metro St. Louis, Inc. (SWLHC). This annual award is given to a member of the organization who exemplifies the best of the profession's values and achievements, has demonstrated commendable social work practice and involvement in professional, civic and community organizations, and is a model for the profession. Ms. Derner has been a member of the SWLHC since 2001 and has held many positions within the organization, including President, Chair of the Outstanding Student Award Committee, Board Member at Large, and Newsletter Editor. She was recognized for her program development work at Mercy JFK Clinic as well as her accomplishments during 11 years of practice in hospice prior to the Clinic.
The SWLHC is a group of professional health care social workers who seek to promote educational programs and activities to strengthen and develop social work leadership, to strengthen relationships with health care organizations and professional social work organizations in relation to social work in health care, to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of material relative to social work leadership, to promote standards and ethics for the delivery of social work in health care, and to recognize excellence among social work students and foster leadership abilities through networking and educational opportunities. More information about this professional group can be found at www.socialworkleaders.org.
Matt Kuhlenbeck (MHA 2002), program director for the Responsive Portfolio at Missouri Foundation for Health, has been honored with a fellowship from the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. A project of Grantmakers in Health (GIH), the Institute has been naming fellows since 2010 on a bi-yearly basis. A total of 17 exceptional individuals were accepted as fellows in this year's class.
According to GIH, the Institute was created to "nurture talented practitioners who have shown the potential to be among the next generation of leaders in the field of health philanthropy, to build relationships among this cadre of emerging philanthropic leaders, and to connect them with established figures in the field." Read more about Mr. Kuhlenbeck's fellowship HERE.