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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.

Guidelines

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 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.  The committee will use a 0-6 point scale for scoring question 1 and a 0-3 point scale for scoring all other questions which adds more value to the answer for question 1.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations are limited to leaders currently working for or serving on the Board of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
  • Nominations may be made by other staff or Board members from the same nonprofit that the leader is affiliated with or by external proponents of their work.
  • Nominees must 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. 
  • Nominees should have at least 10 years of leadership experience.
  • Nominees should also exemplify the following leadership qualities:
    • Actively involved in leadership roles
    • Demonstrates clear vision, innovation, and creativity in their work
    • Clear contribution to their organization or to the greater community
    • Demonstrates strong initiative in their endeavors with clear impact as a result of their actions
    • Motivates or develops the leadership capacities of others
    • Exhibits a high standard of integrity by leading through example
  • Awardees are not eligible to be awarded in future years
  • Organizations may receive the $10,000 gift only once in a five year period.

How to Apply

Answer the questions in the nomination application. Then, email your completed nomination application to Holly Irish, Program & Communications Assistant, at hirish@mehaf.org . Please contact Holly with any questions regarding the nomination process. All nomination information and communication pertaining to the Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award will remain confidential. Completed nomination application forms are due by Friday, August 17, 2018.

Previous Awardees

  • 2017: Christine B. Hastedt, Maine Equal Justice Partners

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