Dr. Wendy J Wolf Health Leadership Award Announced

Dr. Wendy J Wolf Health Leadership Award Announced

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has named Christine B. Hastedt, Public Policy Director at  Maine Equal Justice Partners, as its first Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award recipient.  Hastedt received the prestigious award at MeHAF’s Board of Trustees meeting on October 26 and the award includes $10,000 for Maine Equal Justice Partners, an organization that Hastedt helped to found in 1996.

Christine “Chris” Hastedt has been a tireless advocate for low-income people in Maine for decades.  In the words of one of her nominators, “Nearly every piece of public policy that has been developed to support low-income people in Maine in the last 40 years has been influenced by the work of Christ Hastedt.”  Since she began her career, Chris has worked to preserve and expand public programs such as MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), general assistance and food supplements to help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Maine people.  Barbara Leonard, President & CEO of MeHAF said, “Chris’ impact on the health and quality of life of so many Mainers is nearly unparalleled in the state.  Her leadership on issues affecting low-income, uninsured people epitomizes the qualities MeHAF sought to recognize with this award.”

The Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award will be made annually until 2027 to honor the legacy of MeHAF’s founding CEO, Wendy Wolf, who stepped down in October 2016.  The award is intended to honor her 15 year tenure by recognizing the exceptional leadership and achievements of nonprofit leaders working to promote access to quality health care and improve the health of Maine people, particularly the uninsured and underserved.  The award includes a $10,000 gift to the nonprofit organization that employs the recognized leader.  Awardees are selected through a nomination process and decisions are made by a committee made up of MeHAF Trustees and Community Advisory Committee members.   


The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine.  MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and move forward key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system so people across every region of our state have access to quality care for better health. To learn more about MeHAF, visit


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Cathy Luce, Maine Health Access Foundation
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