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 2024 Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award is closed.

Previous Winners

2023: Lori Dwyer, Penobscot Community Health Care

Lori earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law in In those days she had not pictured her career landing in healthcare as she practiced labor and employment law for Bernstein Shur. She came to Penobscot Community Health Center as General Counsel, Compliance and Risk Officer in 2012. This work gave her insight into patient safety, provider burnout, reclaiming joy in medicine, and the financial and operational challenges in healthcare and the way in which the system creates inequity. Her application to become the CEO was inspired by a lifelong desire to level the playing field and bring health to everyone, especially those who have been historically marginalized. Lori was selected to serve as President & CEO in August 2017.​


2022: Mufalo Chitam, 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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