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NASW Member Receives Award for Work with People to Prevent HIV/AIDS

Thomas Washington. Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

National Association of Social Workers member Thomas Washington recently received the Gerald Ludd Award for volunteer HIV/AIDS prevention work in the African American community, according to this article in the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA.

Washington has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention and research for a decade, starting as a psychiatric social worker providing services for HIV-positive veterans in Memphis. He is now an associate professor of social work and research fellow at California State University Long Beach.

His research has been on developing and evaluating Web-based tools for HIV/AIDS intervention tools.

“The impact HIV-AIDS has had on the black and Latino sexual-minority male communities has been devastating,” he said. “It will take every village, health care professional, community, church, politician, scientist and household getting involved to make a difference in improving the situation.”

To learn more about how social workers help people living with HIV/AIDS, visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” HIV/AIDS Web page by clicking here.

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