Advocacy Award Winners Honored by Jackson’s Center for Family Health

JACKSON, MI — Six individuals and one organization have been honored at the Center for Family Health’s eighth annual Advocacy Awards.

The Thursday, May 5 event at Cascades Manor House in Jackson honored community leaders, dedicated citizens and CFH staff who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to health care advocacy and social justice.

“This is an annual event that we look forward to,” said Terry Langston, Director of Communications and Advocacy. “We appreciate the work community members and our staff are doing to help make health care more accessible. This year’s recognized individuals are doing just that,” said Terry Langston, CFH Director of Communications and Advocacy.

This year’s winners include:

Denny Litosformerly a member of the Michigan Primary Care Association, which receives the Georgia Fojtasek Health Advocacy Award in honor of his advocacy efforts to protect Medicaid, the 340B Pharmacy Program, and Michigan Community Health Centers.

The First United Methodist Church Wellness Teamwho receives the Corporate or Organizational Health Advocacy Award for her child health efforts in the Jackson community, including the Back-to-School program.

Hillary Bennetaccount executive at Print-Tech, who receives the CFH Ambassador award for her many hours of volunteerism and support.

Brad Floryformer MLive/Jackson Citizen Patriot reporter, who receives the Champion of Social Justice and Health Advocacy Award for his involvement in community service through nonprofit work and reporting on significant health issues.

Erin’s Tombdirector of CFH’s dental/cross-border practice, who receives the health promotion award for her work in honoring the center’s mission of “opening the doors to health care for all”.

Mike LittleJohna CFH Certified Physician Assistant, who receives the Exemplary Customer Service Award for his care in helping all patients feel welcome, comfortable and safe.

Dr. Navira Rizwana CFH family physician, who receives the Exemplary Service Award for his instrumental role in improving the health of patients at the center with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

“We are delighted to recognize all of the winners.” Sara Benedetto, interim CEO/COO of CFH, said in a statement. “Their contributions have a positive impact on the patients we serve and our community as a whole. We congratulate and applaud them for all they do to make a difference.

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