Health Care


June  Barrett , The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Founder
The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and 80% are released from the hospital. What happens once they leave?

As Tennessee real estate developer June Barrett discovered in 1981 when her then 14-year-old daughter Lori suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that left her unable to walk, speak or eat, there were few rehabilitation or recovery treatments available. She met many families in the same situation.


Patricia B. Wolff , Meds & Food for Kids in Haiti
Founder and Executive Director
Meds & Food for Kids in Haiti
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

St. Louis–area pediatrician Patricia Wolff first began volunteering on medical missions to poverty-stricken Haiti in 1988 with her two young children in tow. For 20 years she worked to alleviate sickness and hunger, which is especially brutal on Haiti’s children. “I lost count of the number of children I saw die,” she says.


Jewel Thais-Williams , The Village Health Foundation, Inc.
Founder and Executive Director
The Village Health Foundation, Inc.
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Forty years ago, Jewel Thais-Williams opened the Catch One nightclub, known as “The Catch,” the famed LGBT disco in South Los Angeles where Madonna once held a party to launch a new album. Stress took its toll, and Thais-Williams began drinking and doing drugs. Seven years later, she got sober, partly with the help of natural healing, which led the UCLA graduate to train for an encore career as an acupuncturist. She graduated at age 60 but didn’t stop there.


Narendra P. Sharma , Neighborhood Outreach Connection
Founding Chair
Neighborhood Outreach Connection
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

When he retired in 2005 after three decades in finance and economic development at the World Bank, Narendra Sharma moved to the famous resort island of Hilton Head in South Carolina. Retirement gave way to a higher purpose when he discovered pockets of entrenched poverty where few adults have jobs, half of children fail to meet school standards and crime is rampant in Hilton Head and Bluffton.


Heather McHugh , CAREGIFTED
Founder and President
CAREGIFTED
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 2011, the godson of well-known poet Heather McHugh welcomed his daughter to the world. The girl was severely disabled, and required constant support and therapy. Abandoning their expat careers in Cambodia, he and his wife returned to the U.S. Their situation was difficult but not unique. In the U.S. more than 30 million informal and family caregivers are the sole source of care for the disabled or chronically ill.


Molly MacDonald , The Pink Fund
Founder and President
The Pink Fund
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In 2005, Molly MacDonald was between jobs, supporting her five children and aging mother, and paying $1200 per month for Cobra health insurance. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Two surgeries and six weeks of daily radiation cured her cancer but derailed her job and ruined her finances. Her home went into foreclosure; her family relied on the food bank to eat.


Gary Hollander , Diverse & Resilient, Inc.
President and CEO
Diverse & Resilient, Inc.
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Through his 25-year career in psychology, public health and research in Wisconsin, Gary Hollander came to know well that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have higher rates of HIV, mental health issues, STDs and partner violence than heterosexuals do. In Milwaukee alone, LGBT youth are twice as likely as their straight peers to smoke tobacco or marijuana, and five times as likely to be injured in school fights or attempt suicide.


Judy Goldetsky , Doorstep Healthcare Services
Executive Director
Doorstep Healthcare Services
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

In her two decades running On Call Clinicians, the medical staffing company she founded in the Twin Cities metro area, Judy Goldetsky became very aware that long-term care facilities struggled to provide dental care for their elderly, poor, and disabled patients. The state programs these patients relied on rarely covered dental care. Substandard oral care, research shows, often leads to significant health problems, including impaired nutrition, increased systemic infection and mental health issues.


Ann Ogden , Cook for Your LIFE
Founder and President
Cook for Your LIFE
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Former haute fashion designer Ann Ogden defeated cancer twice. The second round—breast cancer in 2005—required chemotherapy that left her weak, nauseated and without an appetite. It helped that she was a good cook from a foodie family, and knew how to prepare healthy, delicious meals sensitive to the side effects of cancer treatment.


Swaran Dhawan , Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians (CHAI, Inc.)
Founder
Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians (CHAI, Inc.)
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

As a child in the northern mountains of India, Swaran Dhawan’s father often took her and her siblings to visit patients at a local hospital, many of them veterans of conflict suffering severe ‘shell-shock’ – now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. At the time, people with mental illness, even combat veterans, were shunned by families and communities and warehoused in mental hospitals. “My father,” she recalls, “treated them with dignity and respect.”

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