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ChangeLab Solutions Nabs Public Policy Award


The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention awarded ChangeLab Solutions with its 2013 Public Policy Award last week at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington.

Founder Marice Ashe accepted the award on behalf of the organization, which was honored for its work to prevent chronic disease in communities around the country. The award recognizes efforts to advance policy change that reduces the burden of heart disease and stroke on a local, state or national level.

“ChangeLab Solutions has plowed new ground in developing community-based solutions for America’s most common and preventable diseases, including heart disease,” said Dr. Keith Ferdinand, chair of the National Forum’s board of directors. “Their creative policy solutions promote the common good by making healthier choices easier for everyone.”

The awards committee specifically noted that ChangeLab Solutions has been a leader in obesity prevention, eliminating food deserts and increasing access to health for all residents.

Ashe said in a statement that the award is “a tremendous recognition of our staff’s personal connection and commitment to our work.”

“It reflects the quality of our entire portfolio of tools to address chronic disease,” Ashe added. “I am very proud of my staff and the work they’re doing to make every community healthier.”

While ChangeLab Solutions received the organization Public Policy Award, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) received the individual award for his policy efforts during his career in public service. Mark Schoeberl, executive vice president of advocacy for the American Heart Association, received the Commitment Award for his contributions to the National Forum.

Click here for a full list of award winners.