Health Care

Richard Joyner , Conetoe Family Life Center
Conetoe Family Life Center
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

In 2005, the Rev. Richard Joyner had a realization. He had presided over too many funerals at a church of just 300 members. In one year alone, 30 congregants under the age of 32 years had died.

“We had at least 20 funerals per year, and a lot of the deaths were health-related — poor diets, no exercise,” says Joyner, now 62, pastor of the Conetoe Baptist Church in rural North Carolina. “It just started to feel unconscionable that you would see someone 100 pounds overweight on Sunday and not say anything about it. Then they’d die of a heart attack.”

Charles Irvin Fletcher , SpiritHorse International
Founder and CEO
SpiritHorse International
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

Two tumultuous decades in the telecommunications industry took a toll on Charles Fletcher’s income and his spirit. When he retired in the 1990s at the age of 58, he found some peace of mind through volunteering at a Dallas-area equine therapy center for children with disabilities. The special connection he witnessed between the children and horses was both restorative and intimately familiar, as he had been around horses since he was five. But Fletcher thought the program was falling short. It could do more than offer feel-good pony rides. It had the potential to heal.

Gary Hollander , Diverse and Resilient, Inc.
Founder and President
Diverse and Resilient, Inc.
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

In 2001, I found myself near the top of the mountain that was the vertically integrated health care system for which I worked. I was successful, well-compensated, respected and influential.

So why was I only really happy for a couple of hours a week?

Josephine  Mercado , Hispanic Health Initiatives
Founder and CEO
Hispanic Health Initiatives
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

Before I retired to central Florida in 1999, I was an attorney in New York City for 17 years. There, I founded two health and education initiatives: Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert and First Saturday In October, which focused on breast health education and awareness among New York City Latinas.

Ann Ogden , Cook for Your Life
Founder and President
Cook for Your Life
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

I was an artist who became a designer, which morphed into a career in fashion. I lived in Paris for 12 years and then worked in New York as a high-end design consultant for industry giants like Calvin Klein, Saks and Barneys.

My career allowed me to indulge in two personal passions: travel and food. I first traveled abroad at age 8 and began cooking at 12, learning Italian specialties from my Mom and sturdy British classics from my Dad.

Patricia  Pasick , Stories for Hope
Founder and Executive Director
Stories for Hope
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

In August 2006, I boarded a plane for Rwanda with my husband, who was conducting a leadership training there. I was 58 and had just retired after 30 years as a psychologist. I met a Rwandan government official whose story changed the course of my life.

He was out of the country during the 1994 genocide. He returned to his village to find his family dead, their bodies in shallow graves. He organized a group of youths to rebury them. How, he asked me, could he tell his own children the truth about their grandparents’ deaths without traumatizing them?

Eberhard K. Riedel , Mobile Clinic Trauma Management/Cameras Without Borders
Founder and Director
Mobile Clinic Trauma Management/Cameras Without Borders
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

I’m a psychoanalyst and photographer. For years, I’ve advocated incorporating mental health care into humanitarian work. My nonprofit Cameras Without Borders has used photography as a therapeutic tool to help more than 500 people in northern Uganda and South Sudan process the perverse violence they experienced during decades of conflict.

But it wasn’t until 2011, when I started fieldwork in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that I realized that the phenomenal violence and genocidal warfare I witnessed was an expression of severe trauma as well as its cause.

Catherine (Kay) Sanford , Project Lazarus
Injury Epidemiologist
Project Lazarus
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

As an injury epidemiologist in North Carolina, I’ve spent my career studying how people get hurt. In 2002, while reviewing routine injury data, I made a disturbing discovery: Fatal overdoses from prescription pain medicine were dramatically increasing across the state.

Robert H.  Trenkamp, Jr. , Saving Lives In Chatham County, Inc. (SLICC)
Co-founder, President and CEO
Saving Lives In Chatham County, Inc. (SLICC)
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

Before I retired in 2001, I fixed broken tech companies, as a CEO-for-hire. Later, as a paramedic working 12-hour shifts in emergency rooms and ambulances in Savannah, Georgia, I tried to fix broken hearts and minds resulting from cardiac arrest or stroke. Finally, I had my chance to follow an ambition I’d had as a young man: to have a career in medicine.

Priscilla Higham , African Solutions for African Problems (ASAP)
Founder and Program Director
African Solutions for African Problems (ASAP)
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

At certain times, a human life takes a quantum leap. That happened to me in 2000 while on a journalism assignment in the Nairobi slums. The activist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai introduced me to a network of women who – without funding – were taking care of children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.

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