The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced today its selections for the 2015 Schweitzer Leadership Awards.
Partners in Health, a global leader in providing healthcare to the poor, will receive the 2015 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.
Drew Altman, PhD, president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and a leading expert on national health policy, will receive the 2015 Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which has long housed ASF’s national office, will be honored with the 2015 Lawrence Gussman Award for Extraordinary Service to The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
The Schweitzer Leadership Awards are given annually in conjunction with ASF’s Schweitzer Leadership Conference. The Schweitzer Leadership Awards Ceremony and Reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7-10pm at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Boston.
“We’re proud to honor Partners in Health, Dr. Drew Altman, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the critical work they are doing to ensure that our most vulnerable populations can receive quality healthcare, and for their longstanding commitments to public service,” said ASF Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard. “From Partners in Health’s mission to provide health care to the world’s poorest communities, to Dr. Altman’s career-spanning success developing policies and programs to improve the health of vulnerable populations, to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s longstanding and generous support of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, each of them embodies the goals of our organization: improving health, developing leaders, and creating a better world through a commitment to service.”
The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism recognizes a portfolio of work that has significantly mitigated the social determinants of health in the US and/or abroad, and that embodies a commitment to service that influences and inspires others. Past Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism honorees include Irwin Redlenner, MD, Co-founder and President of the Children’s Health Fund; former US Surgeons General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, and C. Everett Koop, MD; Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, and founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman.
“It is an honor to receive the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism from an organization whose sole mission is to prepare leaders committed to public service and improving the health of the poor,” said Gary Gottlieb, M.D., CEO of Partners In Health. “This type of leadership is pivotal to the work that Partners In Health does to provide healthcare to those most in need around the globe.”
The Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education was established in 2013 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, Africa. It recognizes significant achievement in promoting health information, education, and treatment to improve health outcomes for all people, especially the most vulnerable among us.
“Eliminating health disparities and ensuring that care is equitable, affordable, efficient, and effective requires leaders who have on-the-ground experience and a firm grasp of the complex challenges facing our healthcare systems and the people they are meant to serve,” said Dr. Altman. “I am proud to accept this award from The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which gives emerging leaders the practical experience they need to overcome those challenges and improve the health—and the lives—of those most in need. I am especially proud to share the podium with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where my father Dr. George Altman served for over forty years.”
The Lawrence Gussman Award recognizes extraordinary achievement by those working to promote the work of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. It is given in honor of Lawrence Gussman, Chairman Emeritus of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Board of Directors, who first met Dr. Albert Schweitzer on a business trip to Africa in 1956 and toured the Schweitzer Hospital. Gussman went on to volunteer annually for the Schweitzer Hospital every summer for 30 years and served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the ASF Board.
“Community involvement and engagement are core to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s mission, and we have been proud to support The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship’s important work,” said Dr. Kevin Tabb, BIDMC’s President and CEO. “We are honored to accept this award from an organization whose mission, ethics and values align so closely with our own.”