June 19, 2013 16:37 Age: 308 days

Ambrose 87L, Staff, Receive International Award for Public Service

The Philadelphia Department of Human Services was recognized this month with the 2013 United Nations Public Service Award, Second Place, for demonstrated excellence in serving the public interest.

Anne Marie Ambrose 87L is the department’s commissioner.

More than 600 organizations from 82 countries submitted applications for the award. Philadelphia’s DHS was recognized in the in the European and North American region division for improving the delivery of public services. It was the only organization in North America to be selected for an award in any category this year.

“The tireless efforts of Anne Marie Ambrose and her team are truly outstanding,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

The department has seen transformational changes since Ambrose became commissioner in 2008, including the recent implementation of an Improving Outcomes for Children initiative, a family-centered neighborhood-based approach to child welfare. Program and structural reforms have increased accountability, improved process and enhanced child welfare.

“We are honored to receive this award, and we have much more work to do to ensure the safety and well-being of Philadelphia’s children,” Ambrose said.

The department was nominated by the Casey Family Programs, with recommendations by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Max Baer.

Awards will be presented during the United Nations Public Service Forum Day and Awards Ceremony in Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain, from June 24 to 27.

Related links

The United Nations Public Service Awards

City of Philadelphia news release

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