LCDR Jenny Nussbaum received the 2009 Social Worker of the Year Award for her leadership skills and abilities, as a social worker, in promoting public health have been proven and tested during the past year in being appointed acting Hospital Service Administrator for the Division of Immigration Health Service during a period of increased public scrutiny and national press, surprise inspections, mass evacuations, emergency responses to natural disasters, critical shortages in staffing, and turnover of leadership positions. LCDR Nussbaum has been the stabilizing force of her team, providing guidance and support, maintaining mission focus and ensuring that high standards of care for an underserved population group. In doing so she strongly encouraged her fellow officers by word and actions to lead and represent Public Health Service (PHS), their professional group and OPDIV with pride and distinction. Her performance in this position was widely recognized as extraordinary. As a Jr. Social Work Officer LCDR Nussbaum has made a significant contribution to further and support the mission and core values of the PHS Commissioned Corps.