The Spotlight Award recognizes and honors those who are actively creating enduring health equity in Washington State, this award includes a $1000.00 cash prize to be used at the recipient’s discretion – no restrictions or strings attached – as well as a free registration to our annual conference, The Science of HOPE.

As you may recall, we recently made a call for nominations of health equity heroes. We asked you to submit individuals, organizations, and businesses that you admire; shedding a light on those working tirelessly to create enduring health equity. Inaugural honorees included a doula, journalist, high school teacher, community health worker coordinator and a small businessBelow, meet the list of the incredible individuals and organizations who were nominated by their peers.

Congratulations to Spotlight Award Honorees:

Community Health Worker Collaborative of Pierce County Advocating for community health workers in health reform, systems change, and advocacy

Danielle Askini Trans activist & policy wonk

Emma Medicine White Crow Facilitating cross-cultural partnerships for community priorities

Gabriela Condrea Creator of TangoStride helping people dance to walk

Health Equity Circle Bringing students together to address health equity issues

Hope Circle of Kitsap & Olympic Peninsulas A safe and supportive group for pregnant & postpartum moms

Ijeoma Oluo Writer, speaker and internet yeller

Jody Becker-Green Leading a correctional system inspired by hope & rooted in humanity

K. Wyking Garrett Entrepreneur, educator, and community servant

La Casa Hogar Connecting and educating Latina families to transform lives & build community

Laundry Love Business by day and act of compassion by night.

Leaders in Women's Health Forging a pathway for civic engagement & leadership

Margaret Braun Reframing challenges to create hope

Margarita Celis Passionate doula supporting women and families

Marion Lee Creating authentic connections between people and systems

Nathan Gibbs-Bowling High school teacher and founding member of Teachers United

Room One One stop support center for a healthy and violence free future

Safe Harbor Free Clinic Free comprehensive healthcare for the Safe Harbor community 

Sharlaine LaClair Dedicated to empowering people and strengthening community

Vaelupemaua Anitema Community Healthcare Advocate helping single mom’s & families