Fritsch named president elect for Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers

Michelle Fritsch, project coordinator for Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, has been named president elect of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW), a professional organization dedicated to advancing pediatric psychosocial oncology care through clinical social work practice, research, and education, to improve the lives of children with cancer and blood disorders and the families who care for them.

Fritsch will begin her two-year term as president elect for APOSW this month. Her leadership responsibilities will include assisting with various aspects of the Association’s annual conference including securing speakers, working with a committee to review abstract submissions, coordinating mentorships for new members, and leveraging collaborative opportunities to advance the organization’s programs and initiatives on a national level.

“I am grateful to be selected to serve in this capacity,” said Fritsch. “As an active and longtime member of APOSW, I feel this organization has impacted my career as a pediatric oncology social worker. I am honored to be a leader in this field and hope to generate a camaraderie that is needed among such a specialized field of practitioners.”

In addition to her president elect responsibilities at APOSW, Fritsch is a project coordinator at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center where she helps families and staff identify educational resources and information about supportive resources in pediatric hematology and oncology. She is also actively involved in several quality improvement initiatives and leads the Family Advisory Support Team for the Cancer and Hematology Centers.