The SPARK! Gala and Leadership Conference illuminate the work of ASF to promote service to underserved people and perpetuate the legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer and his philosophy of Reverence for Life and service.
This inspiring evening will highlight the community impact of Schweitzer Fellows and present our highest honors to individuals who through their life’s work demonstrate a commitment to improving health, developing leaders and creating change. The 2017 SPARK! Gala will take place Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
This year’s SPARK! Gala Honorees:
Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism
MONA HANNA-ATTISHA, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Michigan State University College
Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Children’s Hospital
Mona Hanna-Attisha has been heralded internationally for her study that exposed elevated blood levels of lead in children in Flint, Michigan. Today, Dr. Hanna-Attisha directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative public health program to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of the Flint water crisis.
Schweitzer Clarion Award
RUSHIKA FERNANDOPULLE, MD, MPP
Co-Founder and CEO, Iora Health,
ASF Fellow for Life
ASF Fellow for Life Rushika Fernandopulle is cofounder and CEO of Iora Health, a Boston-based healthcare practice that has developed a high impact, relationship-based model of health care. Iora Health’s payment system emphasizes outcomes, not procedures, and its unique medical record systems prioritizes patients’ population-based data. With offices around the country, Iora is transforming healthcare delivery.
Lawrence Gussman Award
Past Executive Director,
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
Sylvia Stevens-Edouard is the former Executive Director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Under her leadership, Sylvia led a successful reorganization of ASF by increasing organizational effectiveness and capacity. Today, ASF has 14 chapters around the country that are closely affiliated with partner schools deeply invested in ASF’s mission to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities.
The Schweitzer Leadership Conference convenes 200 current Schweitzer Fellows and alumni, as well as other graduate students and health professionals and community leaders in a day-long conference to learn from strategic and innovative leaders who are shaping thought leadership, discussions and actions related to health equity, health care, social change and public policy. Nationally known health and health care leaders serve as faculty presenters and the honorees serve as keynote speakers. The 2017 SPARK! Leadership Conference will take place Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.