The David Lawrence Community Service Award celebrates an individual or group who has worked to improved the health of a community or communities within Kaiser Permanente regions. Awarded annually by Kaiser Permanente, the award takes its name from former CEO David Lawrence, who dedicated much of his life to developing community health initiatives.
Kaiser Permanente collects individual and group nominations throughout the year, and the healthcare provider avidly requests that physicians and employees of any of the Permanente Medical Groups contribute nominations. Nominees must be employees of Kaiser Permanente, whether full-time or part-time, and self-nominations are accepted.
Individual nominees should exhibit exemplary efforts and a commitment to health and social issues, such as culturally competent care and care for underserved populations. For groups, the nominees must demonstrate voluntary, collaborative, or replicable efforts to improve community health, such as a dedication to finding the causes for disease and poor health in the community, ensuring care addresses the makeup of the community, ensuring that the most vulnerable in the community have access to healthcare services.
Kaiser Permanente accepts nominations through its website at kaiserpermanente.org.
About Linda Gottwald: Named a Kaiser Fellow, Dr. Linda Gottwald received an Urban Health Reporting Internship from the Kaiser Family Foundation in 1995.
Founded in 1948, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has focused on America’s “unmet health care needs” since its inception. Possessing an operating budget of around $40 million each year, this group supports health policy analysis and journalistic endeavors so that people remained informed about the health care problems affecting the country and the rest of the world.
Based in Menlo Park, California, and Washington, DC, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation benefits many through its mission. Due to its endowment, it performs policy analysis and research without the need of outside funding, thus allowing it to retain its independence. The media and others in the health care industry turn to it for unbiased news and information. Additionally, it creates public service advertising campaigns that educate the public about relevant issues such as HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and Medicare and Medicaid.
About the Author:
The holder of a Doctorate of Nursing and Master’s degrees in Special Education and Journalism, Linda Gottwald has served in various roles throughout her career. In recognition of her achievements, the Kaiser Family Foundation named her as a Kaiser Fellow and provided Gottwald with an Urban Health Reporting Internship with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
In a world filled with animals dependent on humans, there are organizations that can provide medical attention or a safe environment in which to flourish. Dr. Linda Gottwald, a dedicated animal advocate herself, provides a list of some national organizations that can help people contribute to animal welfare.
1. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – PETA is the largest animal advocacy group in the world and confronts a variety of animal-rights-related issues, including the fast-food industry, entertainment, and fashion.
2. The Humane Society of the United States – The Humane Society supports various animal advocacy campaigns, shelters, and rescue operations throughout the country.
3. National Institute for Animal Advocacy (NIFAA) – NIFAA is a politically charged organization that works to develop and change laws to benefit animal populations.
4. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) – The ASPCA works in multiple capacities to prevent the inhumane treatment of animals. They work closely with shelters, rescue operations, and political groups to advocate the better treatment of animals in homes, on farms, and in commerce.
5. Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) – The ALDF uses the legal system to help animals by filing lawsuits, offering free legal advice to prosecutors dealing with animal cruelty cases, and working with the federal government to uphold and strengthen existing anti-cruelty laws.
Dr. Linda Gottwald works with these organizations as Executive Director of Pine Cone Farm in Michigan. Pine Cone Farm is an animal shelter near Traverse City in northern Michigan.