Alabama public health social workers honored with statewide awards


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Mitzi Bragwell of the Morgan County Health Department was selected as Public Health Social Worker of the Year for 2019. Awarded the honor of Social Work Manager of the Year was Patience Enyinda of the Limestone County Health Department. The two recipients were recognized March 20 at the 2019 Northern District Social Work Training held in Decatur, Ala., during National Social Work Month.

Nominators for the Public Health Social Worker of the Year award said Ms. Bragwell is a “humble and dedicated” social worker “with a very big heart.” She is described as a “super hero” to her clients with “multiple super powers.” Ms. Bragwell serves on various committees in her community including the Interagency Committee and the substance abuse advisory committee with the North Central Alabama Mental Health Center. Last Christmas she spearheaded a program to provide blankets and gifts to elderly residents in the community with no family. Ms. Bragwell is active in her church where she teaches and serves in the nursery.

Ms. Enyinda was commended for being “caring, compassionate, thorough and committed to the mission of public health.” She serves on several committees in her community including the Interagency Committee of Limestone County and the Alabama Health Care Social Work Association in Madison County. She coordinated the Medical Needs Tent for the Convoy of Hope in Limestone County where over 2,000 people were served. Ms. Enyinda is active with her church where she ministers to women and children and assisted with the facilitation of women’s conferences.

Public health social workers provide intervention services to help clients discover ways of meeting their needs and preventing future problems. Clients they serve may be children, families, elderly persons, and persons with functional and access needs.