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2016 Recipient — Dasi Schlup

NAPSW is pleased to announce that Dasi Schlup, MSW, LCSW received the Innovative Program/Research Award this year at the 40th annual conference in Providence, RI. Dasi is a Neonatal Intensive Care social worker at Women’s and Children’s Hospital at the University of Missouri Health Care System. Her proposal entitled “The Impact of Adaptive Behaviors of Smoking in the Home of Preterm Infants Readmission to the Hospital with Respiratory Syncytial Virus” seeks to expand her pilot work in the study of readmission of preterm infants due to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that impacts the lungs, resulting in cold-like symptoms including difficulty breathing, high fever, irritability and feeding refusal. Infants who are born premature, have chronic lung disease or a compromised immune system are especially susceptible, facing complicated hospitalizations when admitted. High risk infants readmitted with RSV often require more aggressive treatment, intensive care and mechanical ventilation than lower risk infants. Known risk factors for RSV include multiple births, low birth weight, school-aged siblings, and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The proposed research expands work currently being conducted by Dasi and a multidisciplinary team including neonatology, respiratory therapy, nursing and social work. The study compares readmission of 3 groups of participants including 1) infants that are not exposed to secondhand smoke, 2) infants who are exposed but the family is willing to explore adaptive behaviors to reduce exposure, and 3) infants who are exposed without the family willing to decrease exposure. The social worker will be instrumental in guiding families who are interested in adapting their behavior to reduce smoke exposure. Supplemental funding for the project was also received by the Hold My Heart Foundation. This work contributes to the objectives of NAPSW by promoting the participation of social workers in hospitals and community settings in family education and maximizing best outcomes. We look forward to hearing about the results of Dasi’s work at the 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon.


 

Previous Recipients

Please note, NAPSW Forum articles are available to members only.  For more information please contact Margery Pentland. 

2015 — Catherine Miller, MSW

Effect of Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Injury on Maternal Mental Health
Catherine Miller, MSW; J. Abzug, MD; Nathan O'Hara, MHA; Karan Dua, MD
NAPSW Forum, Summer 2016, Volume 36(3)

2014 — Janeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBS, LCSW

Breastfeeding: A Protective Factor Against Child Maltreatment
Janeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBS, LCSW
NAPSW Forum, Summer 2015, Volume 35(3)

2013 — Heather Howard, LICSW, PhD Candidate

Quagmire for Women Pregnant and Dependent on Prescription Painkillers — Who Makes the Treatment Decisions - Part III
Heather Howard, LICSW, PhD Candidate
NAPSW Forum, Summer 2014, Volume 34(3)

Quagmire for Women Pregnant and Dependent on Prescription Painkillers — Who Makes the Treatment Decisions - Part II
Heather Howard, LICSW, PhD Candidate
NAPSW Forum, Spring 2014, Volume 34(2)

Quagmire for Women Pregnant and Dependent on Prescription Painkillers — Who Makes the Treatment Decisions - Part I
Heather Howard, LICSW, PhD Candidate
NAPSW Forum, Winter 2014, Volume 34(1)