Boustead Wins 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
NASW-WI’s South Central Branch has selected Barbara Hyatte Boustead for its 2017 Lifetime Achievement award.
Barbara was chosen for her forty years of quality service as a clinical social worker, educator and trainer.
Barbara recently retired as program coordinator of the Clinical Stabilization Oversight Unit in the Emergency Services Unit at Journey
Mental Health. In this position she provided essential clinical consultation services to foster youth and families, as well as youth placed
in group homes. She worked tirelessly to improve the quality of services provided for youth by ensuring that foster parents and group
home staff received clinical support on a weekly basis for fourteen years.
Barbara recently founded her own business, Mary's Daughter LLC, providing financial services for elders and veterans as a certified
daily money manager. She makes presentations regarding elder financial abuse for the Wisconsin Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource
Center, and is a mentor for the Madison Reading Project.
Barbara is highly regarded by her peers in the field of social work. Here are just a few statements by some of those who know her:
"...Barbara is one of the most truly selfless and caring people you will ever meet. She is passionate about social justice issues and
"...You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has more passion for her mission."
NASW WI Secretary Kristi Wood, who nominated Barbara for this award, wrote the following:
“Personally, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Barbara on a weekly basis for over ten years. Barbara is a highly skilled
professional. She is recognized for her quality work as a mental health professional, trainer, and educator at the university level. I am so
excited to see what she will do with her new business. Barbara is a pure joy to be around. Her enthusiasm for her business is
contagious. Our work roles recently ended, and I miss her already. Barbara is a true inspiration for all women. She has persevered and
achieved her goal of owning her own business. She will continue to be a valuable asset in the social work field by providing essential
services for elders and veterans.”
Barbara earned her masters of Social Work degree from George Williams College in 1975. She became a licensed clinical social worker
and served individuals, couples, and families in private practice from 1989-2002. She has served as director of Counseling Services at
Centenary College, and as a lecturer of field education at the UW-Madison School of Social Work.
NASW WI’s South Central Branch presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara at its March is Social Work Month ceremony on
Wednesday March 29th from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM at Union South on the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus. For more information
contact the NASW WI office at (608) 257-6334 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
College Announces Partnership with One City Learning Centers
From Edgewood College
Madison, Wis. (March 8, 2017) – Edgewood College is pleased to announce a new partnership with One City Learning Centers.
With the start of the current Spring semester, students in the College’s ‘Pre-reading and Literature for the Young Child’ practicum are
completing part of their requirements on-site at One City’s preschool.
Those students are working with One City teachers to identify quality reading materials for young children from diverse backgrounds, and
engage One City’s children in the classroom in pre-reading and literacy development activities.
Dr. Cynthia Perry, who oversees the Early Childhood Program at Edgewood College and is the lead instructor for this initiative states,
“This partnership with One City is a commitment both to our students at Edgewood College, and to the very young in our community. The
impact our students have on the communities we serve, and on the quality of the teaching and learning the College provides is
significant. This partnership advances both in a very real way.”
“Having students from one of the state’s leading colleges working in our preschool and neighborhood provides the bridge we need to
attract more young people into the teaching profession,” Kaleem Caire, One City’s founder and CEO said. “Emerging teachers want to do
hands-on work throughout their education, and this partnership gives them the opportunity to do so.”
Gundersen Health Plan and Unity Health Insurance Announce New Corporate Brand
SAUK CITY, Wisconsin – Gundersen Health Plan (Gundersen) and Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation (Unity) today introduced a
new corporate brand and logo – Quartz. The branding reflects both the evolution of the affiliated organizations as well as a vision for the
Since mid-2016, Gundersen and Unity have been aligning their business structures to realize the benefits of their integration to deliver
the best possible services to their customers. Integrated under the Quartz brand, the organizations have greater scale to deliver a
seamless service experience for customers and partners of the health insurance plans and self-funded health plans.
Today, Quartz manages services for the health insurance plans Gundersen and Unity as well as provides administrative services for
self-funded health plans, while serving 275,000 customers who live in southern and western Wisconsin, parts of Illinois, Iowa and
Minnesota from offices located in Middleton, Sauk City and Onalaska, Wisconsin.
The Quartz brand represents the successful and ongoing transition to an integrated company with a combined heritage of 45 years. The
vibrant red Quartz logo, reflects a strong and solid health plan services company. An organization with a purpose, whose primary goal is
to assure that the local communities it serves have access to high-quality health care so that their residents can live the healthiest lives
“The brand and logo better represent what the company is today,” said Terry Bolz, president and CEO. “As an organization with deep
roots in serving a diverse mix of customers, mirroring our local communities, we look ahead to providing outstanding experiences and
finding new and better ways to offer access to innovative, high-quality and affordable health care.”
Going forward, Gundersen and Unity will continue to be licensed health plans and to market products under those names. Members of
Gundersen or Unity will remain insured by Gundersen or Unity, as affiliates of Quartz. Quartz also continues as the third-party
administrator for self-funded health plans.
Quartz is a health plan services company. The company manages the nationally recognized, provider- sponsored health insurance plans
– Gundersen Health Plan and Unity Health Insurance, which are co-owned by Gundersen Health System and UW Health. As a third-party
administrator, Quartz also services self-funded health plans. Through an extensive provider network, Quartz focuses on local community-
based health care and services 275,000 customers who live in southern and western Wisconsin, parts of Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota
from offices located in Middleton, Sauk City and Onalaska, Wisconsin. For more information, please visit: QuartzBenefits.com.
New Dane County Resources for Immigrants on Verge of Final Approval
From the Dane County Executive’s Office
In response to rising fears in the community resulting from the President’s policies on immigration, Dane County is moving forward with
new services to help local immigrants, County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.
“Real people, working hard every day to raise their kids and support their families are unnecessarily living in fear and looking for
reasons for hope,” Parisi said. “By starting up a fund for the community to build upon and dedicating a new county position to connect
those in need of services to help that’s available, we’re responding to the unnerving and uninformed policies coming from Washington D.
Parisi first introduced the new services for immigrants in partnership with community providers several weeks ago.
A resolution authorizing the new services is slated for final approval this evening.
The new $150,000 Immigration Assistance Fund will be housed with a community partner, such as the Madison Community Foundation.
Partnering organizations will look to raise additional dollars in the months to come to help meet the growing need for immigration and
citizenship services in the area. In turn, they’ll access the funds for the work they do in the community.
The new position, housed in Dane County Human Services, will serve as a point of contact for those in community inquiring about
existing county services and do outreach work to make sure those eligible for help are linked with the appropriate public or non-profit
resources. The position will team with county resources already in neighborhoods such as Joining Forces for Families.
“Like the rest of America, immigrants define the culture of our great county. Whether it’s Syttende Mai, Festa Italia, Fiesta Hispana or
Africa Fest we celebrate the diversity of who we are all across Dane County each year,” Parisi said. “That’s why it’s imperative we
stand together in support of our friends, neighbors, families, and employers and do our part to offer a little hope and optimism in what’s
become such an unnecessarily divisive time in our nation’s history.”