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Patricia Yu receives Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

NASW Foundation awards Fellowship to Boston College student

Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) has announced that Patricia Yu has received the 2013 Jane Baerwald Aron Doctoral Fellowship. The Aron Fellowship provides partial support for doctoral students who are engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice. The fellowship program was established in 1987 as a tribute to Aron, who was a leader in health care policy and education.

Yu is a Ph.D. candidate at Boston College. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. She is studying the lives and experiences of foreign-born home healthcare workers. Although immigrant workers from developing nations are increasingly filling the employment gap in home healthcare work, few studies have been done documenting their experiences. The aim of the study is threefold: to understand immigrant home health workers experiences as foreign caregivers, in particular the relational aspect of home health work;  to investigate the macro factors and personal reasons for migration and employment working in home health; and to describe how immigrant workers find dignity in low-wage work.

Jane B. Aron, who died in 1983, devoted her career to creating a social policy that was responsive to people's needs. She was best known through her longtime association with New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center and Mills College in California.

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The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is a charitable organization created to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work practice.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with nearly 140,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.