Each year, the National Bleeding Disorders Foundation (NBDF) honors those who have made significant contributions to the bleeding disorders community at its Awards of Excellence program at the conclusion of their annual Bleeding Disorders Conference (BDC). Honorees are nominated by their peers for their outstanding dedication and service to the community. This year we were thrilled to learn that, Lauren Dunn, MSW of the Central Virginia Center for Coagulation Disorders (VCU-HTC) was awarded Social Worker of the Year!

Lauren has been in the bleeding disorders community for 20 years and continues to make significant contributions locally, regionally, and nationally. She has been a key figure in helping to pass the Skilled Nursing Facilities Act, creating a state-wide assessment for bleeding disorders. Also, she is a frequent chapter volunteer and educator, published research author, and more. Her ongoing work has led to more individuals having better access to care and an increasingly educated community.

β€œIt is an honor to receive this award. I will celebrate 20 years as the HTC social worker at VCU this year, so the timing of this recognition is very meaningful to me. I am humbled to share a place with the many incredible social workers who preceded me in receiving this recognition. I believe in the saying that ‘None of us is as strong enough as all of us,’ and I share this award with the countless colleagues and friends in the bleeding disorders community who have supported me throughout my journey.” – Lauren Dunn

Congratulations Lauren – we cannot thank you enough for all you do for the bleeding disorders community!