In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers—alums, faculty, staff, and others—whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
The fourteenth honoree, David A. Patterson, PhD, is the Cooper-Herron Endowed Professor of Mental Health Research and Practice, at the UT College of Social Work, the Director of the Doctor of Social Work Program, and the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS). In 2013, he received the University of Tennessee Chancellor's Award for Excellence. This past week Dr. Patterson, received the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's 2017 Harold Love Outstanding Community Involvement Award in recognition of significant public service.
This award was granted in recognition, among other things, of Patterson's longstanding contribution to Knoxville efforts to address the problems of the homeless population of Knoxville. Notably, he has worked for 13 years, in collaboration with others from the college, to establish and maintain the Homeless Management Information System. HMIS is an integrated network of Knoxville area homeless service providers linking them to a secure, central homeless information database, improving and expediting services for the homeless.
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