Awards

NHSA has three types of awards:

 

  1. Distinctive Legislative Awards given to Members of Congress for their support of the federally funded Healthy Start initiative;
  2. The C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership Award to persons deemed worthy of receiving national recognition for outstanding leadership and service in the area of maternal and child health, especially among Healthy Start communities.
  3. Special Awards given to deserving individuals or organizations for their support of Healthy Start and moms, dads, babies and families across America.

Distinctive Leadership Awards are generally presented to Members of Congress on the last day of NHSA’s Annual Conference, generally referred to as our “Capitol Hill Day.” Awards are given to members of both the Senate and the House of Representative and to members of both of the two major political parties in Congress. Healthy Start began in a Republican administration and has been uniquely supported by both Democrats and Republicans throughout the years. The list below is incomplete as some records have been lost over time. As we track down missing pieces, we will add them to the list below.

The C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership Award was established in the name C. Michael Savage to honor his memory and service to NHSA, as well as to the MCH field, including his hard work and commitment to improving services for women, children and families, which extended beyond himself to touch lives across this nation. Mike was a founding Board member of NHSA and a man of vision, passion, dignity and integrity. Mike was genuinely a servant of all and himself an outstanding leader. The award in his name and honor is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the following areas, to which Mike was dedicated and committed:

  • Advocate for Social Justice and Common Good
  • Administrative and Financial Management Leadership
  • Community Organizing
  • Passionate Service

The criteria for the C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership Award are that individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in at lease two of the aforementioned areas be a strong advocate for women, children and community; and finally, have significant nationally and local. To date, the award has been given to only three individuals, demonstrating how highly NHSA rates those to whom it chooses to give the C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership award.

Special Awards are those that are neither Distinctive Legislative Awards nor C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership Awards. Thus, the recipients come from a rather large pool of individuals and businesses supportive of NHSA and our mission, as well as the broader MCH arena. Some of these awards are “Legacy Awards,” indicating that the recipient is recognized for services and/or support over a long period of time.

The exact wording for some of the awards has been lost over time. For all Distinctive Legislative awards, we acknowledged the recipient’s support of the Healthy Start Initiative.

Date

Award

Recipient

For

04/30/03

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito (WV)

04/30/03

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Elijah Cummings (MD)

04/20/04

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Jim Talent (MO)

His steadfast support to increase federal funding investment in the Healthy Start Program

04/20/04

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Frank Lautenberg (NJ)

His steadfast support to increase federal funding investment in the Healthy Start Program

04/20/04

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Edolphus Towns (NY)

His steadfast support to both authorize and increase federal funding for the Healthy Start Program

03/15/05

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Arlen Spector (PA)

His stellar leadership and steadfast support for the Healthy Start Program

03/15/05

C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership Award

Belinda D. Pettiford

Her outstanding leadership as a founding member of the Board of Directors and one of our earliest presidents who lead us through numerous and significant challenges.

03/28/06

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL)

His stellar leadership and steadfast support for the Healthy Start Program

03/28/06

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Mary Landrieu (LA)

His stellar leadership and steadfast support for the Healthy Start Program

03/28/06

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Arlen Spector (PA)

A hero of ours who kindles a great light in our world, who sets up lights in the dark streets of our communities for people to see and receive our services. We at Healthy Start thank you.

03/20/07

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Fred Upton (MI)

A hero of ours who kindles a great light in our world, who sets up lights in the dark streets of our communities for people to see and receive our services. We at Healthy Start thank you.

03/20/07

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Jeff Bingaman (NM)

A hero of ours who kindles a great light in our world, who sets up lights in the dark streets of our communities for people to see and receive our services. We at Healthy Start thank you.

03/20/07

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX)

A hero of ours who kindles a great light in our world, who sets up lights in the dark streets of our communities for people to see and receive our services. We at Healthy Start thank you.

2008

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Sherrod Brown (OH)

2008

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Richard Burr (NC)

2008

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro (CT)

2010

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Steve Cohen (TN)

2011

C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership

Wilford “Wil” Payne

His support, mentoring and guidance with our advocacy efforts over many years.

2011

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable John Yarmuth (KY)

2011

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Mary Landrieu (LA)

2011

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Raul Grijalva (AZ)

2011

Distinctive Legislative

The Honorable Donna Christenson (V.I.)

2014

C. Michael Savage Outstanding Leadership Award

Salim Al Nurridin

His inspirational and ever enthusiastic support of Healthy Start as well as his leadership in advocating for the program.

04/03/2017

2017 Advocacy and Partnership Award

Rebecca Nathanson, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

04/03/2017

2017 Advocacy and Partnership Award

Rebecca Abbott & Stacy Stewart, March of Dimes

04/05/2017

2017 Distinguished Legislative Award

The Honorable Tim Ryan (OH)

04/05/2017

2017 Distinguished Legislative Award

The Honorable Evans Jenkins (WV)

04/05/2017

2017 Distinguished Legislative Award

The Honorable Debbie Stabenow (MI)

03/28/18

Legacy Award

Thurma McCann Goldman

1st Director of the Division of Healthy Start, MCHB, HRSA, DHHS

03/28/18

Legacy Award

Joseph T. Jones, Jr.

Founder & CEO, Center for Urban Families

03/28/18

Legacy Award

Geri Wright

Given to the sister of Beverly Wright, the former Branch Chief, Division of Healthy Start, MCHB, HRSA, DHHS

03/28/18

NHSA BOD Legacy

Bea Haskins

NHSA Consultant who helped to organize NHSA, its first Annual Conference and the Healthy Start Authorization efforts – and is still here at the at the 19th Spring Conference!

February 2019

National Fatherhood Hero

Charles Johnson, IV

February 2019

Healthy Start Program Fatherhood Hero

Kevin Wilson

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