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Harbert Award

Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award


What:  An award to recognize a West Virginia social worker that has made a significant contribution to the field of aging.

Who is Anita S. Harbert?  Dr. Anita S. Harbert founded the Summer Institute on Aging in 1977.  At that time, she was the Chair of the School of Social Work at West Virginia University.  Dr. Harbert had the vision to start an annual professional development conference to train social service practitioners in the field of aging.  She partnered with several key people to develop and launch the Institute.  With the ideological and financial support of many, including Dr. Louise Gerrard, Executive Director of the West Virginia Commission on Aging, the Summer Institute on Aging was born! 
Building on the Institute on Aging, Dr. Harbert gathered an interdisciplinary team to start the Gerontology Center at West Virginia University, now known as the Center on Aging, in 1978. 

Qualities of the award recipient:  A catalyst, visionary, and advocate.  Someone with an appreciation of the rural culture and strength of West Virginia older adults, as well as the particular challenges for our elderly population (isolation, lack of access, vulnerability, poverty, etc.)  Someone who builds partnerships and collaborations to serve the elderly residents of West Virginia. A social worker.

 2016 Harbert Award Winner

Teresa Hicks, 2016 Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award recipient, with some members of the Summer Institute on Aging Planning Committee (L-R: Gary Jarrell, Donna Tennant, Jacki Englehardt, Teresa Hicks, Shawn Allen, Mandy Weirich, Kris Hash)