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Social Work alumna awarded Outstanding Achievement in Aging award

Carma Korman

Carma Korman, geriatric social worker at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic, has been named the 2017 Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award recipient. 

Korman received the award in June during the annual Summer Institute on Aging conference in Morgantown, W.Va. sponsored by West Virginia University School of Social Work and WVU School of Public Health. 

The award recognizes a West Virginia social worker who has made a significant contribution in the field of aging and is named after Anita S. Harbert, the WVU social work professor who helped create the Summer Institute on Aging in 1977.

“Carma goes the extra mile to help her clients access health care and pay for needed medicines,” said Nancy Daugherty, associate director at the WV Geriatric Education Center. “She meets with clients of the Robert C. Byrd Clinic and helps them in times of crisis dealing with disease, disability and death.” 

Korman has been a board member of the West Virginia Geriatrics Society since 2006, and is currently the president-elect of the statewide organization.

She has helped educate and advance the skills and expertise of social workers throughout West Virginia for many years. She is branch leader for the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; and a member of the Greenbrier Health Alliance, the Greenbrier County Elder Abuse Prevention Committee the West Virginia Financial Exploitation Task Force. 

“One statement sums up Carma’s work and passion for helping our state’s older adults,” Daugherty said. “It is contained in her email signature line, ‘Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does,’ by William James.” 

Korman received her master’s degree in social work with an aging concentration from WVU in 1989. She has worked at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic since 1995.