Ronald Nestor, a social work advocate for more than 45 years, has been named the recipient of the Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award. The award will be presented during the West Virginia University Division of Social Works Summer Institute on Aging on June 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Waterfront Hotel.
Nestor recently retired as director of research and analysis at the Office of Information, Training and Technology in Charleston. He was the first director of Adult Services at the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR ), working with field staff on programs serving the aged, blind and disabled. During that time, he developed the Continuum of Care service model enabling many elderly individuals to remain in their own home for care services. He also developed the Chore Services, Homeless Services, Assisted Living Services, Preventicare, Homemaker Services and Nursing Home Services programs.
He was instrumental in enacting a program that removed patients who had been inappropriately institutionalized from state mental hospitals and returned them to appropriate community-care facilities. He has published several works on deinstitutionalization and other topics related to the elderly and social services.
Prior to joining DHHR , he was a senior case work supervisor in West Virginias eastern panhandle and a caseworker for Mingo and Hampshire counties.
Nestor earned a bachelors degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1964 and a masters of social work degree from WVU in 1967. He is the recipient of the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes 25 years of services to blind individuals in West Virginia, and the Robert W. Jackson Distinguished Service Award, which honors contributions of individuals who exemplify leadership through improvements in policy, planning, advocacy and service. He has served as a leader or member of numerous national and state organizations related to adult care and policy making.
Dr. Anita Harbert founded the Summer Institute on Aging in 1977 as chair of the School of Social Work at WVU . Her vision was to launch an annual professional development conference to train social service practitioners in the field of aging, and her idea evolved into the Gerontology Center at WVU in 1978, now known as the Center on Aging.
Dr. Harbert is the former Director of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University, where she founded and directed the University Center on Substance Abuse and is currently an emeritus professor. She serves as the director of the Academy for Professional Excellence, which provides in-service training, technical assistance and research for more than 3,000 child protective service workers in Southern California each year. She is also project director of an Archstone Foundation funded program to develop standardized curriculum on elder abuse for adult protective services workers, and directs a contract with San Diego County Department of Mental Health Service to provide training for mental service providers.
To learn more about the Division of Social Works Summer Institute on Aging, visit www.wvsioa.org .