Leah Binder Receives Healthcare Award
November 15, 2007
Leah Binder (center) was named the recipient of the Phebe Conrey King Access to Healthcare Award. She is shown with Janis Walker, Assistant to the FCHN VP, and Sandy Richard, HCC Program Manager.
Leah Binder of Farmington was recently named the recipient of the Phebe Conrey King Access to Healthcare Award at the annual meeting of the Maine Public Health Association (MPHA). The prestigious annual award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving access to healthcare in Maine.
Binder, who is Franklin Community Health Network's (FCHN) Vice President, also serves as Executive Director of the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC), an FCHN affiliate, and oversees Franklin Health Access, a program to assist uninsured and underinsured people in Greater Franklin County with access to affordable healthcare services.
Binder was nominated for the award by Sandy Richard, HCC Program Manager, who stated, "As Vice President of Franklin Community Health Network, Leah had the resources to act on her vision for enhanced access to care by expanding it throughout the hospital network. Leah has spent many a weekend and evening huddled over her computer, or ensconced with community members in a meeting room driving toward that one more opportunity to make it that much easier for uninsured people to obtain dignified, high quality care."
In making the announcement, MPHA President Richard Veilleux said, "Leah is inspirational. She cares deeply about the work she does to improve people's lives. She has the courage of her convictions and will make sure, in any forum and against any odds, that her message is heard to support those convictions. She is a very deserving recipient of this award."
The Phebe Conrey King Access to Healthcare Award was created in honor of Phebe Conrey King, a former member of the MPHA Board of Directors and the first director of the CarePartners Program, a local health care access initiative that provides comprehensive primary care and specialty services,
medications, and care management to eligible adults in Kennebec and Lincoln Counties and Greater Portland. Ms. King was a gifted health policy expert and writer who was deeply committed to the issue of access. She died in 2004 at age 38 from cancer.
"Leah knew Phebe King very well and worked with her and a team to put together one of the first conferences hosted by the Maine Health Access Foundation," said Sandy Richard. "Leah greatly admired Phebe and first proposed the idea of this award to the Board of MPHA when Phebe died. Leah's admiration for Phebe, and her own persistence and major success in advocating access within our community, make her a natural and fitting recipient of the award in Phebe's name."
Binder lives in Farmington with her husband, Sam Elowitch, and children, Henry and Fanya.
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