Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award

Over her distinguished career, Dr. Wendy J. Wolf has provided leadership and expertise in health philanthropy, national health policy and public health, leadership development, and the practice of high quality clinical medicine, research and education.

From 2001 to 2016, Dr. Wolf served as the founding President and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), which is the state’s largest health philanthropy dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for the uninsured and underserved.  Under her leadership, Dr. Wolf led the foundation’s long term strategic planning, program development and public policy initiatives, and worked with the Board of Trustees to ensure MeHAF developed and modeled best practices in foundation governance, transparency and public accountability.  During Dr. Wolf’s tenure, MeHAF evolved into a nationally recognized leader in advancing state health reform and expanding access through the strategic use of public policy, advocacy and program initiatives such as spearheading the development of the most comprehensive statewide electronic health information exchanges in the country; improving care delivery through a ten-year initiative to integrate primary care with behavioral health services, and developing Maine’s comprehensive enroll207 outreach and enrollment campaign for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

After graduating from Denison University, Dr. Wolf obtained her MD degree from Ohio State.  She completed her pediatric and pediatric cardiology subspecialty training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. As a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas health system, she advanced high quality specialty care delivery, guided student and resident physician education, and performed basic and applied research.  After obtaining her MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998, Dr. Wolf served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrators of the Health Resources and Services Administration as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  For her work on national policy for the new State Children’s Health Insurance Program, she received the Secretarial Award for Distinguished Service and the HRSA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Dr. Wolf is a health policy expert and published physician researcher.  She has received numerous awards, including being named one of the “50 people shaping Maine” by Maine magazine, and receiving a “20 in 20” statewide health care leadership award from the Maine Health Management Coalition.  She previously served on the Board of Grantmakers in Health.  Dr. Wolf currently lives in Boothbay Harbor, Maine where she serves as an elected town Selectwoman.


In recognition of Dr. Wendy J. Wolf’s 15 years of service and leadership at the Maine Health Access Foundation, the Board of Trustees has created the Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award.  The award is intended to recognize 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 Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award may be awarded once annually from 2017 through 2027, depending on the nomination of qualified candidates. The deadline for nominations this year is June 15, 2017.

The award includes a $10,000 gift to the nonprofit organization that employs the recognized leader.  Awardees will be selected through a nomination process and decisions will be made by a committee made up of three MeHAF Trustees and three MeHAF Community Advisory Committee members.

  • Nominations are limited to leaders currently working for a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in a senior leadership position.
  • Nominations may be made by other staff working within the same nonprofit that the leader is employed by or by external proponents of their work.
  • Nominees should have demonstrated leadership in the areas of promoting access to health care for uninsured or underserved Maine people and/or in improving the health of people in Maine.
  • Awardees are not eligible to be nominated in future years.
  • Organizations may receive the $10,000 gift only once in a five year period.

How to Apply

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