For more than 20 years, I’ve seen philanthropy bring together people from all walks of life—donors and beneficiaries alike—and take them to where they want to go. It’s when we really listen to one another that we are able to understand each other and, thus, map our course successfully to our desired destination. In essence, we become perfect travel companions.
As the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) navigate toward advanced health in the Americas, no better example of this endeavor exists than the 52nd Session of the PAHO Directing Council held in Washington, DC. Here, the world’s top health professionals received special honors at the 5th Annual PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health. Known throughout the Americas, these awards are prestigious honors that recognize individuals who have dedicated their careers to improving public health in the Western Hemisphere.
With experience in a wide spectrum of social, ethnic, and geographic settings, this year’s winners are field-tested experts who confront...