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Phyllis Mitzen Receives National Association of Social Workers Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced that Phyllis Mitzen of Health & Medicine’s Center for Long-Term Care Reform is the recipient of its 2014 National Lifetime Achievement award. The award honor’s Phyllis’ over four decades of dedication to the social work profession and to improving the care of older Americans.

Phyllis is known for her leading role in gerontology social work. She played a pivotal role in reforming long-term care in Illinois by helping craft Illinois long-term care reform legislation. Through her work at Health & Medicine, she continues to advance public policies that help those in need of accessible, affordable and quality long-term care. Phyllis has authored numerous studies and publications to help individuals and organizations transition the elderly to and from different situations.

"Phyllis is a leader in the field of aging, both here in Illinois and nationally. She has been a mentor to many, including myself," said Joel Rubin, executive director of the NASW Illinois Chapter. "I first met Phyllis as a young social work intern at the Council for Jewish Elderly (now CJE Senior Life) in 1981, and she has always served as a source of guidance and inspiration throughout my career. The social work community in Illinois is extremely proud of this recognition for Phyllis."

On Thursday, April 30, Representative Jan Schakowsky honored Phyllis’ achievements in the United States House of Representatives, sharing “Phyllis has served as a mentor and friend to many. I join with them in applauding her steadfast commitment to fighting for the dignity and care of older Americans and in thanking her for her decades of work in our community.”