Health Care Champions honored by CFH at awards event in Jackson

May 3, 2018

JACKSON, MI – Eight winners were honored May 2 at the Center for Family Health's fifth annual Health Care Champions awards event.

Winners include community leaders, political officials, dedicated citizens, and CFH staff members who demonstrate outstanding commitment to health care advocacy and social justice. More than 200 guests attended the awards event at the Country Club of Jackson.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow won the top honor, the Georgia Fojtasek Lifetime Health Advocacy Award. Stabenow is a national leader in the effort to make sure Americans have quality, affordable health care. She led the fight to fund community health centers and helped secure funding to build the CFH Downtown Facility in Jackson.

“Let's face it, this is a challenging time for those of us dedicated to providing quality, affordable health care,” Stabenow said in a video message to the awards event. “But we can't give up. We can't stop. It's too important. Health care is personal, it's not political.”

The Health Improvement Organization of Jackson, led by Dr. Amy Schultz of Henry Ford Allegiance Health, won the Corporate Health Advocacy Award. Since its founding in 2000, the HIO has nurtured a collaborative culture of continuous health improvement in Jackson County.

Zoe Lyons, director of the Jackson office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, won the Social Justice and Health Care Advocacy Champion award for a non-elected official. Lyons helped bring about initiatives to address trauma and loneliness in the community, and she has demonstrated exceptional kindness and understanding in her approach to helping people who need social assistance.

Four Michigan lawmakers – Sens. Mike Shirkey and Curtis Hertel Jr., and Reps. Edward Canfield and Sylvia Santana – won the Social Justice and Health Advocacy Champion award for elected officials. The four were co-creators of the Community Health Centers Caucus in the Michigan Legislature.

Christina Moreno, a former medical assistant who became a Community Health Worker at the Center for Family Health in January, won the New Health Professionals Award. Christina has embraced her new role by breaking down barriers to care and connecting patients to community resources.

Jessica Embury won the Ambassador Award in recognition of her outstanding work leading and coordinating volunteer supporters of CFH. Embury is a longtime Center for Family Health patient and Ambassador Manager.

Ami Ward, a dental hygienist at the CFH Dental Clinic, won the staff award for Health Care Advocacy. She helps patients find ways to make dental care affordable, and she goes above and beyond to advocate for patients in other ways.

Miranda Rosenberger, a registered nurse and patient-care coordinator at the CFH office at LifeWays, won the staff award for Exemplary Customer Service. She has built a strong and trusting rapport with patients, and keeps in close contact with them to help overcome barriers to care.