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Improving the Health Care System: The Sapphire Awards
Recognizing Excellence and Innovation in Community Health


2014 Sapphire Awards and Symposium

The Sapphire Awards are designed to recognize and promote excellence and innovation in community health across Florida.  The 2014 Sapphire Awards and Symposium featured experts from Florida and across the nation who addressed trends, emerging issues and best practices on such timely topics as child health and wellness, access to care and health care reform.  The two-day event featured technical workshops focused on: strategic planning; grant writing; program evaluation; social media; and nonprofit advocacy, among others.

Speakers included Mark Smith, M.D., M.B.A., retired founding President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation; Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO, Florida Blue.

The Sapphire Awards and Symposium is Florida’s only statewide event that recognizes organizations, programs and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.  Since its inception, 55 individuals and/or health-focused nonprofits have been honored and shared $3.175 million in recognition of their achievements.

At the 2014 awards presentation, three individuals, one program and two organizations from across the state were recognized for excellence and innovation in community health.  Below, please find videos and presentations from the various sessions that were held during the two-day event, as well as the profiles and videos of the 2014 honorees.

2014 Sapphire Awards and Symposium
Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Opening Plenary Session
Foundations and Health Care Reform:  What is the “Right” Role?

Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A., retired Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, California HealthCare Foundation
Video  

Panel Discussion
Emerging Trends – Innovations in Health Care Delivery Systems
Video  

Keynote Speaker
Rural Health Care in Florida

Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Video  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Panel Discussion
Improving Population Health:  The Affordable Care Act and Future Innovative Approaches
Video  

Panel Discussion
Strengthening the Health Care Safety Net for Floridians Living in Rural Areas
Video

Keynote Address
Patrick J. Geraghty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Blue
Video

2014 Individual Sapphire Award Winner:  Paul R. Ahr, M.D., M.P.A.
Profile (PDF) 
Video  

2014 Individual Sapphire Award Honorable Mention: Estrellita “Lo” Berry, M.A.
Profile (PDF) 
Video 

2014 Individual Sapphire Award Honorable Mention: Susan Widmayer, Ph.D.
Profile (PDF) 
Video

2014 Program Sapphire Award Winner: Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELPTM at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
Profile (PDF)
Video

2014 Organization Sapphire Award Winner: Big Bend Cares
Profile (PDF) 
Video  

2014 Organization Sapphire Award Winner:  Chapman Partnership
Profile (PDF) 
Video  

2014 Sapphire Awards and Symposium Program
Program (PDF) 

 



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