Knee/Wittman Health & Mental Health Achievement Awards

Legendary social workers Ruth Knee (1920-2008) and Milton Wittman (1915-1994) guided the development of social policy and standards. Their lifelong commitments to social values and the effective provision of services to those who are disadvantaged are reflected in their careers with the Public Health Service and in their leadership roles with professional social work, public health and mental health organizations. 

Nominations for both awards will be accepted in the fall.

Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award

The Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a professional social worker who has made exemplary contributions in health and mental health practice. Professional social work practice includes direct or clinical social work; social work education; social work research and administration related to health or mental health problems, issues or programs. 

Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award

The Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to an individual or group that has made a significant impact on national mental health public policy, professional standards, or program models. This award is not limited to social work. The Knee/Wittman program also sponsors a lecture series addressing historical and current issues in health and mental health policy, practice and education.


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