Rewards & Recognition


**JANUARY 7th, 2021:

From the CICARE Office - We would like to share a wonderful letter of gratitude that a high school student from the school's Social Club wrote to the Social Workers. [Our group] is a student run organization that strives to spread hope, love, and gratitude throughout our community with acts of kindness. The organization was created during the pandemic to help address the mental health and new life adjustment challenges that were evidently on the rise among health care workers. [Our Group] strives to show that there is hope, even during tough times. The Letter States:

My name is M. and I am currently a junior at [a High School in] CA. During my freshman year, many of my friends were struggling with mental health because they weren’t sure how to handle the stress of a new environment and felt that they were alone in this new journey called high school. Many of them came to talk to me, which I was glad that they felt comfortable enough to do; since then, I have always been a huge advocate for mental health, which is the main reason I created this club, Hearts of Hope. I wanted to create something that could help people get through hard times and find some joy and positivity despite everything they are going through. And what I have done is only a small fraction of what your daily responsibilities are! It’s so admirable that you go to work every day and selflessly put your patients above yourself to help them with whatever they are going through. So on behalf of your community, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done to help others. You are excellent role models for our society, and for that, you deserve to be appreciated. As a student who is interested in being a social worker one day, I am so honored to share my passion with such a compassionate group of professionals. Your deeds have truly been heroic, and I just want you to know that your work does not go unseen. Although I am not able to express how truly grateful I am to have you as our society’s role models, my only hope is that you understand how much people appreciate your work (even though you may not hear it all the time) and continue to serve your patients each and every day! May you have a warm (and safe) holiday season!

Sincerely, M.

It is a great honor to work alongside such a great team of Social Workers and to see such impact inside the community. Thank you to all the social workers doing their very best work during this pandemic!


  • Jody Lavy
  • Earl Lopez
  • Eva De La Cruz
  • Ma Linda Davis
  • Mae O'Byrne

January 2021 - Joe Lavy elected as Southern California Chapter Member at Large – Nursing for the 2021-23 term! Congrats to you Joe! Very proud of your achievement and hard work for all Case Managers in Southern California.

September 2020 - We congratulate Alexandria Hagler who has achieved the certification of Accredited Case Manager! Very proud of our Department Educator!

September 2020 - We congratulate Whitnii Patterson who has achieved the certification of Accredited Case Manager! Very proud of this wonderful Social Worker!

June 2020 - We congatulate Rosemarie Lara who has aquired her DNP. What a great achievement!

May 2020 - We Congratulate Gabriella Garza who has aquired her DNP. Very proud of of Manager of Medicine Services/ED!

October, 2019 - We would like to congratulate Jannah Garcia who is now accredited with RN-BC-CM! The Department is proud of her exciting accomplishment!

October 1, 2019 - We would like to congratulate Jose Fabian who is now an Accredited Case Manager! The Department is proud of his exciting accomplishment!

July 1, 2019 - We would like to congratulate Michael Zamarripa for attaining his License in Clinical Social Work! The Department is proud of his diligence and contributions!

June 26, 2019 - We congratulate Manpreet Sidhu for attaining her Doctorate in Nursing degree! The department is proud of her wonderful achievement!

June 26, 2019 - We congratulate Derek Hoppe for attaining his Master of Nursing and Business Administration: Healthcare degree! The department is proud of his attaining a remarkable dual degree!

June 21, 2019 - We congratulate Alannah Smith for attaining her Master of Public Administration: Healthcare degree! The department is proud of her efforts and persistence!

June 11, 2019 - Congratulations to case manager Joe Lavy for participating in the Aids/Life Cycle California Aids Ride!  Joe has dedicated his time to volunteering as a Medical Roadie, which provides him with an opportunity to deliver compassionate care to others.  To learn more about the event, please visit:  Bravo Joe!

May 31, 2019 - We congratulate Ralph Fontejon for attaining his Nurse Practitioner License! The department is proud of his exciting achievement!

April 29, 2019 - We congratulate Eileen Escudero for attaining her License in Clinical Social Work! The department is proud of her perseverance and hard work!

April 18, 2019 - We would like to congratulate Sharonna Allahyar for attaining her License in Clinical Social Work! The Department is proud of her dedication and commitment!

April 8, 2019 - We congratulate case manager Jen Diorio for attaining a Remarkable Women of Moorpark Award for her hard work and service to the community! Read the full story here >

March 4, 2019 - We congratulate Victoria Idung for attaining her Master of Science, Nursing: Nurse Administator degree! The department is proud of her milestone accomplishment!

The Department of Care Coordination and Clinical Social Work has launched a Rewards and Recognition Program tied to skills, UCLA core values, mission and vision to recognize staff members that go above and beyond their job duties in exhibiting CICARE standards CREDIT values. The program applies to all employees under the department of Care Coordination and Clinical Social work at both campuses.

A staff led focus group was formed in November 2018 to assist in evaluating the current Rewards & Recognition Program. The focus group had representation from both Case Management and Social Work disciplines. The focus group was tasked to create a performance based recognition program for the Department of Care Coordination and Clinical Social Work. Also, was tasked to identify a criteria to effectively recognize employees through integrating our core values.

The program will help:

  • Increase employee morale
  • Encourage healthy competition and optimize performance
  • Tie Rewards to Values
  • Allow employees to choose preferred forms of recognition
  • Allow employees to nominate each other
  • Track and reward exceptional performance

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