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August 18, 2022
FHLI Names 2022 Health Leadership and Community Achievement Honorees
Award Winners to Be Honored at Annual Bernstein Dinner in October
CARY, NC – The Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation (FHLI) announced the winners of its annual awards today. The awards will be presented on Oct. 6 during the organization’s Annual Bernstein Dinner at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.
“These award winners represent innovation, empathy, and a deep dedication to improving health outcomes,” said David Reese, president and CEO of FHLI. “It’s an honor to recognize their decades of service in North Carolina.”
The 2022 Jim Bernstein Community Health Career Achievement Award will be presented to Randy Jordan, outgoing CEO of the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Jordan, who retired in 2022, is a longtime supporter and partner of FHLI.
The Jim Bernstein Community Health Career Achievement Award recognizes individuals who are invested in improving the health of their community or region. The award recipient exemplifies the Foundation’s whole-person and whole-community approach to health and reflects the Foundation’s values. The award recipient is deeply respected among their peers, they can be mid-to-late career, and they likely work in partnership with at least one of FHLI’s programs.
The 2022 FHLI Community Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Viviana Martinez- Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP, of the Department of Family Medicine at Duke Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she co-founded the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19, better known as LATIN-19.
“LATIN-19 is creating space for leaders across North Carolina to collaborate on innovative solutions to the unique barriers faced within the Latinx community,” said Reese. “This organization and Dr. Martinez-Bianchi’s leadership are testaments to the importance of diverse voices having a seat at the table to create more equitable health systems.”
“I want to make sure that this recognition goes also to those who have worked tirelessly with LATIN-19, collectively joining in the effort to improve the health outcomes of the comunidad latina in North Carolina and the US,” said Dr. Martinez-Bianchi.
The 2022 FHLI Community Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to improving the health of communities, exemplifying the values lived by Jim Bernstein: everyone has a right to care; care should be delivered in a respectful, efficient, and effective manner; and health care belongs to the community it serves. The award recipient has had an impact, like Bernstein, at the community, state, and federal level and is deeply respected among their peers.
The 2022 Annual Bernstein Dinner will celebrate FHLI’s 40 years of serving communities across North Carolina and will focus on the theme, “Allyship. Advocacy. Action.”
In addition, FHLI will honor the 2022 Class of Bernstein Fellows. The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program was founded in 2006 to honor Bernstein’s legacy of developing future leaders to carry on his work.
About Jim Bernstein
The Bernstein Event honors the late Jim Bernstein, the founder and first president of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation. Bernstein dedicated his life and work to improving health care in rural communities across North Carolina. An innovator and a motivator, he served as a role model for how to address some of rural health care’s most pressing challenges.
Launched in 1982, under the leadership of James D. Bernstein, the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation develops innovative programs and establishes strong partnerships that advance affordable, sustainable, quality health services that improve the overall health of communities in North Carolina and beyond.
FHLI programs include:
- Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows
- Jim & Sue Bernstein Health Center Scholarship
- Center of Excellence for Integrated Care (COE)
- Results NC
- NC Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC)
- The NC Rural Health Association
For more information, contact:
Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation