Search This Blog

Friday, January 18, 2013

National Association of Social Workers Foundation Announces Ruth Fizdale Program Grants

NASW Foundation Announces Ruth Fizdale Program Grants

Grants Go to Kentucky and North Carolina Chapter Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced the 2012 Ruth Fizdale  Program Grants. The Ruth Fizdale Program underwrites research projects that link practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. The objective is to facilitate effective service delivery. The program provides opportunities for NASW chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue. These pilot projects then may serve as cornerstones for developing more comprehensive research projects.
This year's awardees include:

  • NASW Kentucky Chapter: The Kentucky Chapter seeks to research the demographics of social workers in Kentucky, and to assess their perceived feelings of safety in their current positions. The Chapter intends to gain a better understanding of the number of workers who have experienced threats of harm or have been victims of violence during their careers, and whether current levels of supervision are sufficient for the jobs they are performing. The Kentucky Chapter plans to inform state legislators about the state of social work in Kentucky.
  • NASW North Carolina Chapter: The North Carolina Chapter seeks to position social work as a lead profession within the Medical Home and Integrated Care Models in North Carolina. State officials have declared that Integrated Care is the "wave of the future" for North Carolina, and the Chapter wants to have direct influence on the development of care models in the state. They intend to position social workers as key front line professionals in this area.
The Ruth Fizdale Program was created in 1987 by Dr. Helen K. Rehr and other friends of Ruth Fizdale, to honor her contributions to social work. The founders' intent was that, as an endowment, the income would be used to help underwrite studies related to people with social needs. Funding would be made available to seed pilot projects that could lead to projects that are larger and more comprehensive in scope.

For more information about the NASW Foundation or the Fizdale Grants, please visit or e-mail