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2018 NASW-NC Advocate of the Year Recipient at the Front of Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, January 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Contact: Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation, 919-828-9650, advocacy.naswnc@socialworkers.org

2018 NASW-NC Advocate of the Year Recipient at the Front of Opioid Epidemic

Mr. Chase Holleman was selected by the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter’s (NASW-NC) Legislative Committee as the 2018 Myrna Miller Wellons Advocate of the Year Award recipient.

The award is given annually to someone who has demonstrated a strong passion to advocate for the needs of the social work profession and has been a champion in impacting public policy both for the social work profession and clients served by social workers.

A leader in the recovery community, Mr. Holleman has made an impressionable impact on improving state policies to address the opioid epidemic. He has been a part of conversations with the likes of Governor Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, state legislators, law enforcement, first responders, educators and, most importantly, every day people. Attorney General Josh Stein recognized Chase with the North Carolina Dogwood Award in November. Mr. Holleman crusades tirelessly to fight against stigma and increase access to medical care for anyone impacted from the opioid epidemic. His passion has helped improve the lives of many in his community through his work and personal advocacy.

Mr. Holleman believes in impacting issues at the state and national level. He has been a leader in his community since his undergraduate career where he founded and served as President of the Student Recovery Alliance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2015. He later founded the Guilford County Naloxone Task Force in December 2016 which educates and distributes naloxone kits in the local community. He has also been active with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition leading the High Point Syringe Exchange. Mr. Holleman has been active in the Alzheimer's Association for a number of years as a participate in the Ambassador Program and has met with state and congressional leaders about the impact of Alzheimer’s on communities, families, and caregivers.

Mr. Holleman is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro earning a Bachelor of Social Work degree and graduating Summa Cum Laude. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Social Work in 2017 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently working at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the Rapid Response Team Navigator for Guilford County.

Mr. Holleman’s advocacy efforts are in honor of his mother, who first taught him how to meet people where they are.

Mr. Holleman was previously honored with the NASW-NC Toby Brown Award for Bachelor of Social Work students in 2016. He will receive the 2018 NASW-NC Myrna Miller Wellons Advocate of the Year Award at the NASW-NC Social Work Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Durham Convention Center.

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina (NASW-NC) is a membership organization of professional social workers in North Carolina. NASW promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

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