The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announces that Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-founder and President of the Children’s Health Fund, will receive the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. The 2014 Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education will be given to Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Sally Harris, a long time ASF board member and current vice chair, will be honored with the 2014 Lawrence Gussman Award for Extraordinary Service to The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.
The awards are given annually in conjunction with ASF’s Schweitzer Leadership Conference. The Schweitzer Awards Ceremony and Reception will take place Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 from 6-8pm at Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
“We’re proud to honor Dr. Irwin Redlener, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, and Sally Harris for their many individual achievements to improve and ensure the delivery of health care to our most vulnerable populations, for their dedication to public service, and for the inspiration and guidance they have offered to others, including our Fellows,” said ASF Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard. “These three extraordinary individuals embody the goals of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: improving health, developing leaders, and creating a better world through a commitment to service.”
The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism recognizes an individual whose life example has significantly mitigated the social determinants of health in the US and/or abroad, and whose commitment to service influences and inspires others. Past Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism honorees include Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, Norman Cousins, Marian Wright Edelman, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Dr. C. Everett Koop, and Ted Turner.
“I am very honored to receive The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism,” said Dr. Redlener. “Having spent my career advocating for the needs of underserved and indigent children, I know it’s important to have a strong grasp of the complex mix of social, environmental, and biological determinants of health that impacts this population of kids. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is giving the next generation of leaders to tools to continue this difficult, but life-saving work.”
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, 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.
“As our country becomes more diverse, we cannot improve the delivery of healthcare without giving providers, policy makers, and government leaders the information and tools they need to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare,” said Dr. Betancourt. “I am proud to accept this award from The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which does much to teach aspiring leaders about the importance of ensuring access to culturally competent care.”
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.
This year’s Lawrence Gussman Award will be given to Sally Harris, a 20-year member of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Board of Directors who saw the program grow to 12 sites, 11 in the United States and one in Africa, during her tenure.