2018 award winners

Triangle Global Health Champion

Mr. Don Holzworth

Mr. Don Holzworth was honored as the 2018 Triangle Global Health Champion. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Holzworth has dedicated his career to establishing organizations devoted to improving health around the world. 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 and indirectly related to public health.

Corporate Impact Award

Agile Global Health

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.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Ms. Leah McManus

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!

Emerging Leader Finalist

Ms. Molly Chen

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.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Mr. Tate Rogers

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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2017 award winners

Triangle Global Health Champion

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Bentley

The Triangle Global Health Champion Award honored Dr. Peggy Bentley of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in recognition of her life-long commitment to advancing global health around the world and here in our local community. Her work has focused on the fields of women and infant's nutrition, infant and young child feeding, behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health.

Corporate Impact Award

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

BD was recognized for their efforts to improve diagnostics for a number of diseases that pose threats to global health including Plasmodium vivax malaria, tuberculosis, and Ebola. BD is a leader in the diagnostics industry, with solutions that enable better and faster diagnosis through technologies that improve the accuracy and speed of clinical decision making and result in enhanced patient care.

Breakthrough Innovation Award

BioMedomics, Inc.

BioMedomics, Inc. was presented with our inaugural Breakthrough Innovation Award. in recognition of their innovative rapid point-of-care diagnostics line, which provides unprecedented ease of use, efficiency and accuracy for the diagnosis of lethal and widespread hemoglobin disorders. In September 2016, BioMedomics was selected from 30 highly innovative start-up companies as the First Place Winner for the RESI Boston 2016 Innovation Challenge.

Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan was selected as our 2017 Ward Cates Emerging Leader. Dr. Vasudevan is a research scholar in the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at the Duke Global Health Institute. She currently serves as an expert on digital health taxonomy and evidence for the World Health Organization (WHO), specifically advancing integration of digital health interventions with national health systems globally.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Ms. Katie Grimes

Ms. Katie Grimes is a Public Health Analyst with RTI International, supporting research and program operations in sexual violence prevention, HIV/AIDS, global health security, and LGBT+ health. She works across 5 countries, employing evidence-based practices to improve health disparities among at-risk populations and strengthen health systems.

Emerging Leader Finalist

Mr. Caleb Parker

Mr. Caleb Parker has been with FHI 360 for ten years, supporting the organization’s global health objectives with his skills in geospatial analysis and qualitative research. He developed an ArcGIS training workshop and manual designed for staff working on health and development programs, and has provided this training for more than 140 staff in 12 countries.

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2016 award winners

Triangle Global Health Champion

Dr. Willard (Ward) Cates

The Triangle Global Health Champion Award honored Dr. Ward Cates, President Emeritus and Distinguished

Scientist of FHI 360. Dr. Cates dedicated his life's work to the fields of HIV/AIDS and women's reproductive

health. His tireless efforts have made a significant impact on global health both here in North Carolina and around the world. Sadly the world lost this public health leader and inn