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DHHR Accepting Nominations for the 2023 Ronald Nestor Award to Honor Elder Abuse Advocate


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is accepting nominations for the 2023 Ronald Nestor Award. Created in recognition of Ronald Nestor, DHHR’s first Adult Services Director and an advocate for social work for more than 45 years, the award recognizes an individual from any field of practice who has raised awareness and advocated to end elder abuse. 

To be eligible, an individual must have worked to end elder abuse or promoted awareness of the issue in West Virginia and be a resident or native of West Virginia. Individuals or organizations in West Virginia may submit nominations by completing the online nomination form by May 1, 2023.

For the purposes of this award, “elder abuse” includes mental, physical, and verbal abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect of a person who is at least 60 years old and is vulnerable or a facility resident.
The 2023 Ronald Nestor Award will be presented during the virtual West Virginia Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WVEAAD) Seminar on June 15, 2023. The WVEAAD Seminar is designed to provide quality education about elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation for both novice and experienced professionals. Seminar participants will build capacity of the resources available to combat abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, promote intervention and prevention, and raise public awareness. Click here to register.

To report suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults or children, call DHHR’s Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect (24/7): 1-800-352-6513. To view and apply for careers in the social work field, visit dhhr.wv.gov/Pages/Career-Opportunities.aspx.​

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