2015 Foremother Awards and Health Policy Heroes Luncheon

This year’s awards luncheon was held at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. We honored Jodie Bernstein and Karen Mulhauser as Foremothers and Dr. Hooman Noorchashm and Dr. Amy Reed as Health Policy Heroes. It was a huge success and a wonderful honor to be able to hear from such inspirational leaders!

See our Facebook album here. Photos by Ellie Van Houtte Photography.

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Honorees Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, Jodie Bernstein, Dr. Amy Reed, Karen Mulhauser, with our Emcee, Autria Godfrey, WJLA anchor


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NCHR president Dr. Diana Zuckerman


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Our 2015 Foremothers, Karen Mulhauser and Jodie Bernstein


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A full house claps for the honorees
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Dr. Diana Zuckerman and Autria Godfrey with former and current Foremothers: Anne Hale Johnson, Ambassador Connie Morella, Karen Mulhauser, Jodie Bernstein, Dr. Omega Logan Silva.
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NCHR Research Assistant Amelia Murphy is moved by Dr. Amy Reed’s remarks.
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Honoree Jodie Bernstein

Jodie Bernstein is one of our nation’s  foremost consumer advocates.  As director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), she was the country’s top Cybercop, making the Bureau a model for consumer protection agencies around the world. Her new initiatives involved protecting children and adults who shop online, subprime lending, privacy protection, and fraud prevention.  Described in a Washington Post magazine cover story in March as an audacious woman “before audacious was in,” she mentored, nurtured and inspired generations of consumer protection advocates.

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Honoree Karen Mulhauser on left

Karen Mulhauser has dedicated her life to key progressive causes, and was one of the early leaders of the modern women’s movement.  She is Chair of the UN Association of the USA and has been a founding force behind many progressive nonprofit advocacy organizations, including the Women’s Information Network and Public Allies. She served as Executive Director of nonprofit groups dedicated to women’s reproductive rights and against nuclear war, and has been a leader in improving race relations and increasing voter registration.  She has provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to scores of women in Washington, DC.

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Honorees Dr. Amy Reed and Dr. Hooman Noorchashm

Our 2015 Health Policy Heroes are two physicians who have become the most visible and effective patient advocates in the country: Dr. Amy Reed and Dr. Hooman Noorchashm. Both were Harvard Medical School faculty when Amy was treated for what was assumed to be a benign uterine fibroid.  The medical device used to treat her, a power morcellator, pulverized her fibroid, and with it, a hidden cancer.  They subsequently learned that Amy’s metastatic uterine cancer was not a “rare complication” of the device, and are working actively to warn patients and doctors, get morcellators off the market, and find a cure for uterine cancer.


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Dr. Hooman Noorchashm and Dr. Amy Reed with two of their children, Joseph and Nadia.


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NCHR staff: Dr. Diana Zuckerman, Paul Brown, Christina Silcox, Anna Mazzucco, Nick Jury, Katy Wang, Alisha Malkani, Elena Gerasimov, and Amelia Murphy


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One of our first Foremothers, Anne Hale Johnson

We gratefully acknowledge our 2015 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:

AAJ high q

Gold Sponsors:

The Cooper-Rothenberg Group
at Morgan Stanley

Catherine Joyce
at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Kelley Drye

Negin Noorchashm Griffith, MD, FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery


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