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Seven are Honored for Championing Global Health Work with Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards

Honorees Announced at Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi
by Ann Costello

Seven are Honored for Championing Global Health Work with Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards2019 Golisano Global Health Leadership Award Honorees: Seated from left to right: Luc Marks, Ann Costello, Nyasha Derera, Kamal Bani-Hani, Ashok Dhoble; Standing from left to right: Adnon Villamayor, Ying Feng, Javier Vasquez, Manoj Shah, Jayna Shah, Peter Seidenberg, Renee Manfredi, Drew Boshell, Reena Kumar

Abu Dhabi, UAE––March 13, 2019––The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics honored seven healthcare organizations and professionals who are on the frontlines of bringing essential and often unprecedented health care services to the most marginalized people on earth, those with intellectual disabilities (ID).

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award, named for philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, was presented to seven recipients at a ceremony today in Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award was established in 2016 to recognize the progress being made around the world to increase access to essential health care for people with ID. It is Special Olympics’ highest honor for health partners.

The honorees are health champions in their countries. Their extraordinary efforts are fulfilling the goals, values, mission, and targets of Special Olympics’ global health strategy, made possible by the Golisano Foundation. This award recognizes individual leaders and organizations that promote inclusive health systems, wellness, and fitness for people with ID. Read more


Golisano Foundation Sponsors Global Inclusive Health Forum Convening at Special Olympics World Games to Discuss Stratgies to Ending Unjust Health Disparities for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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ABU DHABI, UAE––March 12, 2019––Prior to the official opening of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 on 14 March, Special Olympics will host a Global Inclusive Health Forum on 13 March. Over 100 global health leaders will come together to ensure community health workers are adequately equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide quality health care for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Participants at the Global Inclusive Health Forum will discuss strategies and good practices and make commitments to fund and support training 10,000 community public health workers from 20 developing nations over the next 3-5 years. Read more


Pledge to Spread the Word Inclusion

Rochester, NY––February 2019––The Golisano Foundation is once again joining Special Olympics and Best Buddies to Spread the Word. Exclusion and discrimination continue to divide people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are changing that with grassroots action for inclusion - Spread the Word. Read more


AADMD, the Golisano Foundation & Special Olympics Join in One Voice to Reverse the Healthcare Disparity for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Rochester, NY––February, 2019––The American Association of Develomental Medicine and Dentistry's (AADMD) annual One Voice Conference will be held in Rochester New York, May 10-12, 2019 bringing business leaders and intellectual and develomental disabilitiy (IDD) professionals together to ignite change. Read more


Special Olympics NY & Golisano Foundation Announce $265,000 Grant to Expand Unified Champion School Program

Rochester, NY––February 14, 2019––Special Olympics NY and the Golisano Foundation announced a $265,000 grant to support the expansion of Unified Champion School (UCS) programming in the Western, Genesee, and Central New York regions over the next three years. This comprehensive three-component model combines Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole School Engagement to create school and community climates of acceptance and inclusion. Read more




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