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PhD Student Named CSWE/NASW Foundation Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellow

June 24, 2015

Susanne Klawetter is one of five doctoral students in the nation to be selected as inaugural recipients of the CSWE/NASW Foundation Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) Doctoral Fellowship. The 2015-2016 fellowship supports Klawetter’s dissertation study that explores maternal engagement in the neonatal intensive care unit across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and maternal mental health.  

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) worked in collaboration with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to develop and implement the HEALS program, which is creating a cohort of healthcare social work leaders at every professional level, including BSW, MSW and PhD/DSW students, as well as post-doctoral graduates. Together with practice, research and policy mentors, the cohort is tasked with leading efforts to address system-level changes, heighten awareness of prevention and wellness, and address the issues of structural racism embedded in social institutions.

The Social Work HEALS program is funded by a five-year grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund.