Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award


The Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award may be awarded once annually for 10 years, beginning in 2017, subject to the nomination of qualified candidates. The award includes a $10,000 grant to the nonprofit organization that the recognized leader works for or with. Awardees will be selected through a nomination process and decisions will be made by a committee made up of three MeHAF Trustees and three MeHAF Community Advisory Committee members.

How to Apply

The nomination period for the 2023 Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award has closed.

Previous Winners

2022: Mufalo Chitam, Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition


Mufalo arrived in the United States in 2000 and has worked in a variety of capacities to support people throughout Maine to live fulfilling and dignified lives. She has worked at the University of Southern Maine, the United Way of Greater Portland, and the American Red Cross, to name a few. She is the founder and organizer of the annual Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference, Empower Maine Women Network Group, and The Beauty in Colors Hair Show benefiting WISE Zambia. She is also the former event consultant for Black History Month Maine’s Hidden Figures and former owner of Etukis, LLC. Mufalo has also served as board member of Prosperity Maine, the Maine Women’s Policy Center, and Creative Portland.

A community leader at heart, she builds rich connections and advocates to improve the lives of Maine’s immigrant community. She was most recently recognized as a 2022 Maine Biz Women to Watch honoree for her work as an immigrant advocacy leader at Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.


2021*: Lisa Sockabasin, Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness
2021*: Jess Maurer, Maine Council on Aging
2020: Award paused due to COVID-19
2019: Kenney Miller, Health Equity Alliance
2018: George A. Hill, Maine Family Planning
2017: Christine B. Hastedt, Maine Equal Justice Partners

*MeHAF awarded two recipients on 2021


About Dr. Wendy J. Wolf

Over her distinguished career, Dr. Wendy J. Wolf has provided leadership and expertise in health philanthropy, national health policy and public health, leadership development, and the practice of high quality clinical medicine, research and education.

From 2001 to 2016, Dr. Wolf served as the founding President and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), which is the state’s largest health philanthropy dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for the uninsured and underserved. Under her leadership, Dr. Wolf led the foundation’s long term strategic planning, program development and public policy initiatives, and worked with the Board of Trustees to ensure MeHAF developed and modeled best practices in foundation governance, transparency and public accountability. During Dr. Wolf’s tenure, MeHAF evolved into a nationally recognized leader in advancing state health reform and expanding access through the strategic use of public policy, advocacy and program initiatives such as spearheading the development of the most comprehensive statewide electronic health information exchanges in the country; improving care delivery through a ten-year initiative to integrate primary care with behavioral health services, and developing Maine’s comprehensive enroll207 outreach and enrollment campaign for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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