WINDOW ROCK, AZ – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have signed a proclamation recognizing the month of March 2022 as “Navajo Nation Social Work Month,” to honor all social workers who strive to preserve and restore harmony and unity of Navajo individuals and families. The proclamation states that social workers continue to improve the well-being and enhance the quality of life of Navajo families, and recognizes the work and dedication of social workers who help heal people and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Social workers are needed more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said President Nez. “Under the leadership of Navajo Nation Division of Social Services Executive Director Deannah Neswood-Gishey, many social workers provided essential services to support and strengthen Navajo families impacted by illness, fear, uncertainty, social isolation, economic uncertainty, and mental health issues. They strive to improve the overall welfare of our citizens by assisting with everyday problems.”
President Nez added that the Navajo Nation recognizes and honors all social workers for their sacrifices and dedication to combat many of the “modern-day monsters” such as alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, suicide, and many others within Navajo communities. The Navajo Nation Division of Social Services provides quality, holistic, culture, and value-based services to empower and strengthen children, families, and communities.
“This proclamation demonstrates to the community the value of social workers and the work they do for our people,” said Vice President Lizer. “They have the unique ability and skill to treat individuals, communities, and the world. Social workers serve throughout our communities in various capacities, including case managers, advocates, educators, facilitators, managers, and others. It’s often overlooked that social workers are the largest providers of mental health care in the country and the Navajo Nation.”