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2018 triangle global health awards

Announcing our

2018 Triangle Global Health

Award Winners

The Triangle Global Health Consortium is pleased to announce our 2018 Triangle Global Health Award Winners. Each year the Triangle Global Health Awards recognize the passion and expertise our local leaders bring to improving the lives of people around the world.


Our 2018 Award Celebration was held on Wednesday, May 2 from 7:00-10:00pm at Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. Thank you to everyone who joined us to honor and celebrate our local leaders in global health!

We were extremely impressed with this year's diverse pool of award nominees. Thank you to all who made nominations and congratulations to our 2018 award winners!

global health champion

Don Holzworth

Don Holzworth, MS

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Don Holzworth, MS has been selected by the Triangle Global Health Consortium as our 2018 Triangle Global Health Champion in recognition of his life-long commitment to advancing global health. 


As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Holzworth has dedicated his career to establishing organizations devoted to improving health around the world. In 1983, he founded Constella Group, a leading global provider of public health policy, clinical development, and implementation services operating in more than 60 countries. In 2001,

Mr. Holzworth founded Expression Analysis, a genomic services company, and in 2011, he established Giving Positively, a non-profit organization which provides vocational scholarships to HIV-positive young adults in Kampala, Uganda. 


He and his wife Jennifer have continued to show their passion for developing the next generation of public health leaders by funding numerous scholarships supporting students in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health DrPH Public Health Leadership program, as well as a Distinguished Professorship supporting the Director of the UNC Water Institute, and a Premier Graduate Fellowship supporting a PhD student conducting ground breaking climate change research.


Throughout his successful entrepreneurial career, Mr. Holzworth has also served in a number of volunteer and advisory capacities directly or indirectly related to public health including Executive in Residence at the UNC Gillings, Chair of the Gillings School Advisory Council, Chairman of the Board of Health Decisions, Executive Chairman of Bivarus Inc., member of the Board of Directors for the Accordia Global Health Foundation and Veritas Collaborative, Entrepreneur in Residence for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, advisory board member for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, and advisor to Bull City Venture Partners. In 2008, Mr. Holzworth was appointed to President George W. Bush’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). 


“This award is an extraordinary honor. To be recognized locally by those who work globally shows the power and importance of our work. My passion for public health continues to be fueled by working together with people committed to the importance of public health research and strategies for implementation of effective solutions and for being able to influence our next generation of public health leaders.”


The Triangle Global Health Consortium is honored to recognize Don Holzworth and his many incredible contributions to the global health community.

Agile Globl Health

corporate impact award

The Triangle Global Health Consortium is proud to name Agile Global Health as our 2018 Corporate Impact Award winner.

A healthcare management firm with startup roots in Research Triangle Park, Agile Global Health is a worldwide leader in realizing transparent, affordable, effective, and innovative solutions to complex healthcare delivery challenges. For individuals, Agile facilitates the right care for their unique needs, from quality local and regional treatment to international medical travel; for healthcare funders and providers, Agile optimizes organizational impact by introducing transparency, control, and customization to the medical, financial, and customer service aspects of their clients’ treatment experiences. Agile is rapidly gaining international recognition for its initiatives in management.

Since 2014, Agile Global Health has served as the exclusive healthcare manager for all Kenyans needing care abroad. In 2015, Agile identified open-heart surgery as a pressing problem in Kenya and, in 2016, was commissioned by the National Hospital Insurance Fund to coordinate a nationwide cardiac care program. This collaboration between a private company and a national insurance fund, with the explicit goal of ensuring quality medical care in a developing African health system at acceptable cost, is one of the first of its kind. The program treated 554 patients, nearly all of whom were on hospital waiting lists before the program. Agile achieved an overall mortality rate of below 10%, while past cardiac intervention efforts in Kenya have seen rates of up to 50%. Agile’s measurement of clinical outcomes and ability to connect local surgical teams with foreign support encouraged a careful approach and increased professional collaboration and knowledge transfer. Learn more or contact Agile at

Emerging Leaders

ward cates emerging leader award

Three finalists for the Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award were selected for their leadership, innovation, and spirit of collaboration in global health. The winner was then determined by a community-wide vote which drew over 1400 votes! After tallying the votes, Leah McManus was named our 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader.

Ms. Molly Chen is an international development professional specialized in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adapting (MERLA) of international global health programs including HIV/AIDS, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and health systems strengthening at RTI International. She has worked with colleagues all over the world to strengthen M&E, learning, and communications, mentored project teams in deeper data analysis and visualization, and how to implement learning activities that improve interventions and targeting of finite resources.


Ms. Leah McManus is a technical program manager at IntraHealth International, where she works to strengthen health systems and build governments’ capacity to support health workers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning her career in community health systems strengthening, Ms. McManus worked with local partners to implement maternal and child health interventions that empowered communities to take ownership of their health outcomes. Since then, her work has focused on building governments’ capacity to support those on the front lines of care—health workers—to increase the availability and quality of health services. After a community wide vote, Leah McManus was selected as our 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award winner!


Mr. Tate Rogers founded the Triangle Environmental Health Initiative (Tri-EHI) in 2016 with a mission to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) based solutions to developing areas. Mr. Rogers began his WASH work through a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant received in his undergrad senior design course at North Carolina State University (NCSU). This work was for a novel sanitation system for emptying pits in developing countries, which he continued working on through his MS degree, also at NCSU. From there he worked on several other WASH projects including the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

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