CSWE President and CEO Elected to Distinguished Fellowship of NAP Social Work Academy

Published on : March 22, 2017

Darla Spence Coffey Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Interprofessional Education 

ALEXANDRIA, VA— Darla Spence Coffey, MSW, PhD, president and CEO of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) Social Work Academy, the NAP’s most honored membership group.

Distinguished Fellows of the NAP Social Work Academy are recognized for exemplary scholarship or social work practice in health and interprofessional collaboration. To qualify, an individual must have an exemplary career of at least 10 years and act as an advocate for accessible, affordable health care for all. Coffey will join the NAP in advancing interprofessional health-care policy and design and will serve as a member of an advisory body on health delivery systems.

Coffey was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow and awarded a NAP medallion during the Gala Banquet at the NAP Annual Meeting & Forum on March 18, 2017.

Four CSWE members also were inducted as Distinguished Fellows of the NAP Social Work Academy:
  • Cora Jackson, MSW, Delta State University (MS)
  • Iris Fineberg, MSW, PhD, Stony Brook University (NY)
  • Shari Miller, MSW, PhD, University of Georgia (GA)
  • Victoria Rizzo, MSW, PhD, Binghamton University (NY)
Coffey and the CSWE members were elected by the NAP Social Work Academy and approved by the NAP Council, comprised of chairs and vice chairs of all 14 academies and the NAP officers.

The NAP is an interdisciplinary group that advises government agencies on health-care policy and advocates for quality health care through collaborative practice, education, and research.

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association for social work education in the United States. Its members include more than 750 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. Learn more at www.cswe.org

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Julie Ackerman Montross
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