Redefining American Healthcare Award

HLC created the Redefining American Healthcare Award to draw attention to existing initiatives that effectively address and improve health inequities. Examples of programs include those addressing broadband access, behavioral health, social determinants of health, vaccine readiness, reducing disparities in care delivery, and increasing workforce and clinical trial diversity. These innovative approaches provide an avenue to scale and replicate in other communities, improving upon best practices nationwide.

Non‐HLC member organizations of any size from the governmental, public, or private sectors (or a partnership that combines multiple sectors) are especially encouraged to apply.

The program or intervention must demonstrate:

  • Cost‐effectiveness
  • Evidence‐based foundation
  • Measurable results (outcomes metrics are preferred, but process metrics will also be considered)
  • Replicability

Interested organizations should contact Kelly Fernandez ( for more information on how to apply.

HLC Redefining American Healthcare Award Recipients:

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) honored Lazarex Cancer Foundation with the Redefining American Healthcare Award during a virtual ceremony on Zoom on August 24, 2021. The Lazarex Cancer Foundation created programs which work to provide equitable and timely access to cancer discovery for all patients. One major focus is identifying FDA clinical trial options, providing assistance with out-of-pocket costs for clinical trial participation and a travel companion, and facilitating community outreach and engagement.

Care Ring
Care Ring, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was honored in a virtual ceremony on August 9, 2021. Care Ring’s services are grouped into three programs – Low-Cost Clinic, Physicians Reach Out, and Nurse-Family Partnership. Care Ring is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health services for the uninsured, underinsured or those lacking access to affordable, high-quality preventive health care. The organization annually serves more than 7,000 people in Mecklenburg County and is a leader in collaborative efforts to improve community health.

Partners in Care Foundation
The Partners in Care Foundation (PICF) received the award virtually on October 22, 2020.  The organization works to shape the evolving health system by developing and spreading high-value models of community-based care and self-management for diverse populations with chronic conditions. PICF manages gaps in non-medical care that affect a person’s recovery and overall health. These include challenges such as food insecurity, confusion regarding medications, transportation difficulties, social isolation, loneliness, and home safety.

Child Ready Program
The Child Ready Program based in Albuquerque, New Mexico was recognized for this prestigious award virtually on August 13, 2020. This program strives to engage communities and healthcare facilities to provide quality care to ill or injured children in certain underserved areas through pediatric emergency care. They prepare community response tactics and promote injury prevention practices for children. Additionally, they extend support and guidance to providers caring for the children in need and coordinate a multidisciplinary workforce of providers who are Child Ready.

AccessHealth Spartanburg
AccessHealth Spartanburg was recognized on October 7, 2019 for being care navigators who address social barriers and work with low-income, uninsured people to determine their needs and then connect them with the organizations, resources, and services in the community that can help provide safe, timely, and equitable healthcare.  The group ensures that all the necessary paperwork is prepared so that any assistance is not delayed or denied.
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Chrysalis House
The Chrysalis House in Lexington, KY was honored on October 8, 2019 for its substance use disorder care which specializes in treating pregnant and parenting women and allows newborns and toddlers to be kept on-site.  In addition to addiction, other services provided include mental health treatment, case management, domestic violence counseling, GED tutoring, vocational training and job placement assistance, and housing assistance to ensure the full, long-term recovery of the patients.
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– Interview WKYT (vid)

Empire Health Foundation
The Empire Health Foundation received the award on September 30, 2019 for fostering healthier communities in the state of Washington.  The organization promotes measurable and sustainable improvements regarding health outcomes.  They follow an adaptive results-driven model that encourages innovation and collaboration in addressing the overall health of its surrounding communities.
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Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging
Texas A&M’s Texas for Life program was honored on August 13, 2019 for its compilation of evidence-driven programs and interventions to improve the health and well being of older Texans.  The program brings together partners and stakeholders to create coordinated and seamless linkages between clinical and community encounters, which can help older adults become more active members of their healthcare team.
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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was recognized on June 28, 2019 for determining its specific community needs and addressing them head on.  The EBIC identified three health issues – diabetes, substance abuse, and depression – to prioritize within its services to the community.  In order to make the most significant impact on these health challenges, millions of dollars have been invested in a new behavioral and substance abuse facility.
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