2018 Foremother and Health Policy Hero Awards Luncheon

Friday May 4 is our Annual Awards luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel!

Every year, we take time off from our research and public education to thank women and men who have improved our lives.

The Foremother Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes women who expanded women’s horizons, improved our communities, and made remarkable contributions to our country.  We let them know what an honor it is to follow in their formidable footsteps.

We also recognize Health Policy Heroes. This award honors men and women (and in this case, boys and girls) who have changed the public debate and public policies in ways that help to improve the lives of adults and children nationwide.

Please join our wonderful Emcee Maureen Bunyan as we celebrate

the National Center for Health Research’s

2018 Foremothers Lifetime Achievement and Health Policy Heroes Awards Luncheon

Friday, May 4, 2018 at Noon
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
We hope you will join us at the elegant Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. as we celebrate these inspiring honorees.

Help us celebrate the amazing women who are our 2018 Foremother Lifetime Achievement honorees for careers that made all our lives better and broke down barriers for other women:

Dr. Rita Colwell is an extraordinary scientist whose work has successfully fought cholera and created safer water supplies around the world, saving lives while breaking down many barriers for women in science. She was the first woman to serve as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has won numerous scientific awards over more than 40 years, including the National Medal of Science presented by then-President George W. Bush, and the Medal of Distinction from Columbia University. She previously served as the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Her current work on bioinformatics saves lives by speeding up the identification of bacteria, fungi, and pathogens, including those being used as biological weapons.

Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist who began her career as a secretary at Newsweek magazine. She was one of 46 women who filed sex discrimination charges against the magazine in 1970, an experience that 40+ years later inspired her book The Good Girls Revolt, and the Amazon TV series that was soon followed by #MeToo. The law suit was groundbreaking, and she subsequently became the first woman appointed Senior Editor at Newsweek. Ms. Povich later became Editor-in-Chief of Working Woman magazine and then joined MSNBC.com as East Coast Managing Editor. She also edited a book of columns by her father, famed sports writer Shirley Povich. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and the CUNY Graduate Center Foundation Board.

Our Health Policy Heroes are the students, teachers, and parents of Parkland, Florida; Washington, D.C. metro area; and across the country who are successfully fighting for effective policies to prevent gun violence. MSD High School student Kai Koerber and Parkland teacher Susan Rioux will be two of the heroes accepting the award on their behalf. Kai has been actively lobbying for better gun policies since the tragic shooting on February 14. Ms. Rioux is credited with having taught Parkland students how to find safety in violent situations, thus saving their lives during the February 14 shooting. She is now one of those helping the children cope with PTSD and fear in the aftermath and supporting their efforts to reduce gun violence. March for Our Lives Lodging, a group of D.C. area mothers who organized free housing, meals, and other necessities for thousands of students and families traveling to D.C., will also be honored.


We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to meet these inspiring women, previous honorees, and many of D.C.’s opinion leaders. Lunch is from noon to 1:30, preceded by a 11:30 champagne reception for honorees, patron guests, and sponsors only.

Seats are limited and tickets are not available at the door.

The National Center for Health Research is the leading national organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of all adults and children. Donations for this event support our Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund helpline.

To reserve a ticket, you may donate online here. Or, send a check payable to “NCHR,” to 1001 Connecticut Ave, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036.Be sure to indicate it is for the Awards Luncheon.

For more info, contact Alex Pew at ap@center4research.org or (202)223-4000.