Health Care

Poverty and the lack of resources prevent most people in rural India from accessing primary health care. But there is hope in the form of Arogya Ghar, a self-sustainable social venture by 2009 Purpose Prize fellow Bhagwati P. Agrawal.

Kathleen Taylor , Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

Kathleen Taylor, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology who practiced in California, was motivated to join her first medical mission to a developing country in 2003 after two medical scares: her own emergency cardiac surgery at age 56 and just two years later the near death of her 39-year-old son from an aneurysm. Life, Taylor realized, is precious, and it spurred her to live to the fullest.

Gary W. Selnow , WiRED International
Executive Director
WiRED International
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

While a Fulbright communications professor at the University of Zagreb in 1997, Gary W. Selnow was asked by the U.S. Department of State to visit war-ravaged Vukovar in eastern Croatia to tell schoolteachers about the Internet. But he found no Internet facilities there.

Donald Lombardi , Institute for Pediatric Innovation
Founder and CEO
Institute for Pediatric Innovation
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

Imagine a 2-pound baby in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit with a breathing tube secured to her body with adhesive tape. Later, when the nurse removes the tape, the infant's fragile skin tears. Or picture a child with hypertension who gags on the foul-tasting concoction he must take every day for the rest of his life. He refuses to take the drugs, and his treatment stops.

Im Ja P. Choi , Penn Asian Senior Services
Founder and Executive Director
Penn Asian Senior Services
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

Nine years ago, Im Ja P. Choi faced the most difficult decision of her life: whether to put her mother – who only spoke Korean and weighed just 62 pounds after stomach cancer surgeries – in a nursing home. Choi was thrilled to discover that her mother was eligible for home health care covered by Medicaid.

But soon another hurdle emerged: Not a single agency in the Philadelphia area employed Korean-speaking aides. It took Choi seven months to find someone.

Judy Berry , Lakeview Ranch Inc.
President and CEO
Lakeview Ranch Inc.
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

For seven years, Judy Berry watched her mother endure 12 hospitalizations for dementia-related behavior. However, Berry thought her mother didn’t fare well during treatment – she was often overmedicated (with what Berry later learned were inappropriate psychotropic drugs), strapped into a chair and left to wither away.

Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Al Gore may all be remembered for the work they did after the end of their hugely successful midlife careers. And what about the rest of us? (This article originally published on The Huffington Post on Huff/Post50.)

Arthur J. Ammann , Global Strategies for HIV Prevention
Founder and President
Global Strategies for HIV Prevention
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

In 1982, when pediatric immunologist Arthur Ammann documented the first known cases of AIDS transmission from mothers to infants, little was known about the disease. Today, more than two dozen drugs treat those infected by HIV, especially in wealthier countries. In resource-poor regions, however, the AIDS epidemic rages on, with particularly devastating effects on women and children.

W. Andrew Harris , Oregon Health & Science University
Founder and Administrator, Professionals' Training in Global Health
Oregon Health & Science University
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

As both a medical professional and an avid traveler, ophthalmologist W. Andrew Harris knew the need for skilled medical care in developing regions of the world. He also knew his colleagues, many of whom were nearing retirement, were devoted to helping others but lacked the training to practice medicine in often difficult circumstances, including limited supplies, inadequate facilities or familiarity with diseases they were unlikely to have treated in the United States.

Aaron Shirley , Jackson Medical Mall Foundation
Jackson Medical Mall Foundation
Purpose Prize Fellow 2011

In 1995, after a decades-long career in public health that included managing Mississippi’s largest community health center, Aaron Shirley hatched a new plan for improving the lives of low-income residents of Jackson, Miss. Shirley partnered with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Tougaloo College and Jackson State University to convert a largely abandoned mall into the Jackson Medical Mall, the only facility of its kind in America to provide quality health care, human services and retail in one place.

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