John R. Burton, MD · 2018 John A. Hartford Foundation Trustees Award
John R. Burton, MD, has received the inaugural 2018 John A. Hartford Foundation Trustees Award for his extraordinary lifetime dedication to improving care for older adults. Dr. Burton, a renowned JAHF grantee, has transformed clinical care by developing innovative models, spreading geriatrics expertise to surgical and related specialties, mentoring scores of clinical trainees, and helping develop a top-tier geriatrics program. Dr. Burton’s achievements were celebrated with his family at its annual board meeting dinner in Baltimore, Maryland.
John A. Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)
Contact: Marcus Escobedo
PASOs and Representative Neal Collins · Leadership in Diversity and Legislative Champion
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina honored PASOs (Leadership in Diversity) and Representative Neal Collins (Legislative Champion) at the 2018 Leadership in Diversity & Legislative Champion Awards Presentation.
Established in 2011, the Leadership in Diversity award honors an individual or organization that has played an important role around leadership and diversity, and is willing to take a stand on important issues that affect those with less resources in South Carolina. PASOs embraces diversity and challenges others to recognize the disparities and inequities that exist for underserved populations, particularly on behalf of Latino immigrants. What began as prenatal education outreach in 2005 in Columbia, South Carolina has now evolved into a dynamic and thriving statewide organization. They actively engage with Latino communities throughout South Carolina to fill health and early childhood gaps, support families with navigating resources, train community leaders, and promote change through advocacy at systemic-levels. The foundation is grateful for the leadership of Julie Smithwick, Founder and Executive Director, and congratulate her and PASOs as the recipient of the 2018 Leadership in Diversity Award from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.
In addition, Representative Neal Collins of Pickens County – House District 5 is the inaugural recipient of the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s 2018 Legislative Champion Award.
As the foundation seeks to live out its mission to reduce poverty through action, advocacy, and leadership, it must address the systemic injustices, policies, and procedures that impact the lives of many South Carolinians living in poverty.
Representative Collins has led with compassion, actively seeking out Dreamers from across the state to both hear and share their lived experiences. He publicly shared his solidarity with Dreamers and proposed a bill that made DACA youth eligible for in-state tuition and provide an opportunity to receive professional licensing. Although this bill did not pass many still criticized his stance. He responded with love, kindness, and respect knowing that what he did may not have been the popular thing to do, but was the right thing to do.
Because of his leadership and forthright spirit, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, have identified Representative Neal Collins as the ideal inaugural recipient of the Sisters of Charity Foundation 2018 Legislative Champion Award.
Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230, ext. 19