Congratulations to Karen Wolfson, recipient of the 2015 Philip Gilbert Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. The award, given each January, is reserved for a dedicated and passionate volunteer who shares Healthy Start’s vision and actively contributes to the realization of Coalition goals.
During her tenure as chair, the Coalition launched the 2009 Make a Noise! Make a Difference! social marketing campaign; the first Rounds at the Grounds; the first Feed the Children event; the new Men’s Initiative; and the New Town Success Zone – Photo Voice & Kids University projects. Under her leadership, the Coalition also released the 2009-2014 Service Delivery Plan, which used Life Course framework for the first time, and implemented a Performance Dashboard to track progress. She also pushed for a focus on teen pregnancy prevention and the launch of the NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force.
For many years, she has also been a strong advocate for Healthy Start, traveling to Tallahassee for Children’s Week and meeting locally with the Duval delegation to educate on the importance of maternal and child health.
The Gilbert Award was established by the Coalition in 2006 in memory of Phil Gilbert, the founding chair of the organization and long-time Executive Vice-President of the Duval County Medical Society. The award honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Healthy Start and the health of women, infants and families.