Community of Heroes Celebration
Over 300 guests attended CHC’s Community of Heroes Celebration at the Center at Cathedral Plaza on November 11th. Community Health Councils celebrated five extraordinary individuals who have made lasting and continuing contributions to health and healthcare in Los Angeles County and throughout the state and nation.
The occasion also marked the nearly twenty years that Community Health Councils has devoted to improving health in under-served communities. The evening’s festivities played out against a background of music provided by the jazz ensemble Blue Morning Quintet. Our five heroes strutted the red carpet and were honored by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Los Angeles County 4th District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and the offices of Congresswomen Karen Bass and Laura Richardson, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LA County Board of Supervisors, City Councilmembers Jan Perry and Bernard Parks, State Senator Curren Price, and Asssemblymembers Steve Bradford, Mike Feuer, Holly Mitchell, and Roderick Wright. Dr. Diana Bontá of Kaiser Permanente and Dr. Robert Splawn of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, our emcees, gracefully shepherded the evening’s events. More pictures from the Community of Heroes Celebration are in the slideshow below.
The honorees were presented with hand-crafted blown art glass vases individually created for them. Each hero was surprised by a video presentation honoring their work. Watch the videos to learn why Community Health Councils chose to honor these individuals who have done so much to change the healthcare landscape and become inspired to do the impossible.
Dr. Robert Tranquada, a leader and architect for quality healthcare for the uninsured
Dr. David Carlisle for improving the quality of care across California through innovation in data collection and analysis
Sylvia Drew Ivie for her pioneering work in a full range of challenges from HIV/AIDS to healthy nutrition
Dr. Hector Flores for his visionary work in creating an integrated system of care for low-income and uninsured populations
Ken Kutcher, Esq. for his courage and leadership in advancing environmental regulations to protect the health and safety of the community.