Liwanag Ojala, CEO of Caring Bridge: Making Your Health Journey a Group Effort

Liwanag Ojala, CEO of Caring Bridge: Making Your Health Journey a Group Effort

From the launch of the very first CaringBridge site in 1997, they’ve been working toward a single vision: a world where no one goes through a health journey alone. In order to turn this vision into reality, they’ve made it their mission to build bridges of care and communication, providing love and support on a health journey.

Dr. Jason Karlawish—Author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Jason Karlawish—Author of The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Part case studies, part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease, The Problem of Alzheimer's traces its beginnings to its recognition as a crisis. An unambiguous account of decades of missed opportunities and our healthcare systems’ failures to take action, it also tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow Alzheimer’s to finally be prevented and treated by medicine, and indicates how we can live with dementia: the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and redefine their sense of self, how families can support their loved ones, and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients a better quality of life.

Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility: Advocating for Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Responsibility and Racial Justice

Jeff Carter, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility: Advocating for Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Responsibility and Racial Justice

Physicians for Social Responsibility, known as PSR, is a physician-led and membership organization of health professionals in the United States working to protect the public from the global threats posed by nuclear weapons proliferation, climate change and environmental destruction. It produces and disseminates publications, provides specialized training, offers written and oral testimony to Congress, conducts media interviews, and delivers professional and public education.

Eleanor Allen and Water for People: Ensuring the Waters Flow Forever

Eleanor Allen and Water for People: Ensuring the Waters Flow Forever

Eleanor Allen is CEO of Water for People. A compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe, Eleanor is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive.

Peri Jude Radecic of Disability Rights Pennsylvania: Making Room for Everyone

Peri Jude Radecic of Disability Rights Pennsylvania: Making Room for Everyone

Disability Rights Pennsylvania, known as DRP, is part of a national network of disability rights non-profit organizations that protect and advocate for the rights of children and adults with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation.

Dr. Rich Thorsten & water.org: Making Clean Water Accessible to All

Dr. Rich Thorsten & water.org: Making Clean Water Accessible to All

Water.org is a global nonprofit organization working to bring water and sanitation to the world. They want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective.

They help people get access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing, such as small loans. They work every day to empower people in need with these life-changing resources – giving women hope, children health and families a bright future.

Madeline Bell and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Saving Kids Around the Globe

Madeline Bell and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Saving Kids Around the Globe

Madeline Bell is the president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States. A bold and visionary leader, she champions change with empathy and integrity, inspiring the nearly 20,000 employees in the hospital’s $3-billion-a-year health system and research institute to create breakthroughs that have worldwide impact.

Frank Beadle de Palomo and mothers2mothers: Fighting HIV/AIDS One Mother at a Time

Frank Beadle de Palomo and mothers2mothers: Fighting HIV/AIDS One Mother at a Time

mothers2mothers (m2m) is bolstering African healthcare systems, while delivering empowerment opportunities for women. They employ, train, and help to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities and at understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need, are linked to the right clinical services, and are supported on their treatment journey. Their work has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, created thousands of jobs, and given health and hope to some of the most marginalized in communities across ten African countries.

Murali Krishnamurthy of the Sankara Eye Foundation: Bringing the Gift of Vision

Murali Krishnamurthy of the Sankara Eye Foundation: Bringing the Gift of Vision

India has the largest blind population in the world. Eight million people are totally blind, 55 million are visually impaired and 80% are either preventable or curable. The Sankara Eye Foundation brings quality and timely eye care to the doorsteps of rural India through its award-winning Gift of Vision outreach program.

David Ross and The Task Force for Global Health: Strengthening Public-Health Systems Worldwide

David Ross and The Task Force for Global Health: Strengthening Public-Health Systems Worldwide

Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction to The Task Force and oversees seven programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. He assumed leadership of The Task Force on May 1, 2016, after 16 years as director of The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and its predecessor All Kids Count.