Honoring the leaders and trailblazers in the fields of LGBT Health and Wellness, the Community Health Awards consistently draws hundreds of Callen-Lorde’s strongest friends and supporters. The evening includes a cocktail reception, banquet, awards presentation, entertainment, and inspirational speeches from community leaders.
Past honorees include former Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders; Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning playwright and activist Tony Kushner; tennis star and health advocate Martina Navratilova; Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director of the CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention; actress and advocate Cynthia Nixon; Martin Markowitz, MD, of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center; law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP for their work in overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Susan Somerville, RN; Physicians Research Network; and New York City Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Ritchie Torres.
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Meet the 2016 honorees:
Robert Garofalo MD, MPH. – Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Garofalo is a clinical expert on LGBT Health as well as in the care of HIV+ adolescents. Dr. Garofalo is the founder of Fred Says, which makes grants in support of programs serving youth living with HIV. His advocacy work for transgender and gender non-conforming children and their families has changed the course of so many lives.
Dr. Garofalo will receive the 1st annual Dr. Merle C. Cunningham Memorial Community Health Award. Dr. Cunningham was a founder of Community Health Project, the precursor to Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and a long-time member of our board of directors.
Chris Mosier – Athlete, coach, educator, and the founder of TransAthlete.com, Mosier became the first openly trans person to make the US National Team in 2015 and 2016. Mosier played a key role in helping to change the policies of the International Olympic Committee to allow the participation of transgender athletes.
Hon. Gustavo Rivera – Senator Rivera serves as the ranking member of the New York State Senate’s Health Committee where he focuses on addressing issues of health inequity, as well as promoting better nutritional and exercise habits through his initiative, Bronx CAN. The Senator’s support of Callen-Lorde Bronx demonstrates that together we can improve the lives of LGBTQ communities in the borough and across New York City.
Joy Tomchin – A nationally recognized activist in the LGBTQ, women’s and children’s rights movements, Tomchin’s longtime commitment and leadership on LGBTQ causes has helped raise awareness and shape public perception around issues impacting our communities. From her leadership at GMHC and the Lesbian AIDS Project to her service at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and most recently, her invaluable partnership in bringing How to Survive a Plague to life, Tomchin has helped to advance our communities fight for justice and equality.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Shane S. Spicer, MD & Cristóbal Gutiérrez
Amida Care, Inc.
Etain Health, LLC
Judith M. Kasen, Vice President, Investments, Wells Fargo, LLC
NYU Langone Medical Center
Joe Baker & Stuart Thompson
Daniel Bowers, MD
Brio Benefit Consulting
Krisczar Bungay, MD & Jim O’Sullivan
Chase Not-For-Profit Banking
Stephen M. Dillon, M.D. & Phil Maguire
Dynamic Construction Services Inc.
The Honorable Thomas K. Duane and Bruce Pachter
James T. Evans, Ph.D., Esq
Primary Care Development Corporation
RCHN Community Health Foundation
Karen Sauvigné & Diane D’Alessandro
Ellen Alpert & Janice Sears
APICHA Community Health Center
Fox Rothschild LLP
Honorable Deborah Glick
Rossiter Financial Group
Kimberleigh Joy Smith & Betsy Crenshaw
Lanita A. Ward-Jones & Rakiyah Jones