Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be seeking nominations for the Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award in 2020.  Please watch our newsletter for notice of the 2021 nomination period next spring.

Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award


The Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award may be awarded once annually from 2017 through 2026, depending on the nomination of qualified candidates.  The award includes a $10,000 gift to the nonprofit organization that employs the recognized leader.  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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominations are limited to leaders currently working for or serving on the Board of a local or statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Maine.
  • Nominations may be made by other staff or Board members from the same nonprofit that the leader is affiliated with or by external proponents of their work.
  • An individual may be nominated in successive years if not selected; however, an updated nomination must be updated and resubmitted.
  • Nominees must have demonstrated leadership in the areas of promoting access to health care for uninsured or underserved Maine people and/or in improving the health of people in Maine.
  • Nominees must have at least 10 years of leadership experience at one or more organizations.
  • Nominees should also exemplify the following leadership qualities:
    • Actively involved in leadership roles
    • Demonstrates clear vision, innovation, and creativity in their work
    • Clear contribution to their organization or to the greater community
    • Demonstrates strong initiative in their endeavors with clear impact as a result of their actions
    • Motivates or develops the leadership capacities of others
    • Exhibits a high standard of integrity by leading through example
  • Awardees are not eligible to be awarded in future years.
  • Organizations may receive the $10,000 gift only once in a five year period.
  • Current MeHAF Trustees and Community Advisory Committee members are ineligible for this award and cannot submit nominations.

How to Apply

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be seeking nominations for the Dr. Wendy J. Wolf Health Leadership Award in 2020.  Please watch our newsletter for notice of the 2021 nomination period next spring.


Previous Awardees

  • 2019: Kenney Miller, Health Equity Alliance
    Kenney Miller has served as the Executive Director of the Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) since June 2011. With a Masters of Science in Social Anthropology, Kenney is a consummate student of culture and society and has devoted his career to addressing the ways in which social forces influence, shape, and collide with human health. He has spoken widely on the impact of stigma and discrimination on health outcomes, the need to transform health systems to be more culturally and structurally competent, and the value of cultivating these principles into a key pillar of HEAL’s work.
  • 2018: George A. Hill, Maine Family Planning
    George Hill became President & CEO of Maine Family Planning in 1991 and has worked over 40 years in service of people in need of care. Since coming to Maine, George has continued to utilize his resourcefulness and compassion to serve low income, underinsured, and uninsured Maine people in need of access to health care. He demonstrates creative innovation in developing and implementing programs and has worked to diversify the organization’s services to include not only statewide grants management, but also to become a provider of direct services, education, and training. George’s integrity and outstanding leadership is recognized widely, here in Maine and nationally. Throughout his tenure, he has advocated and served as a spokesperson for family planning, choice, health education, and preventive health services in Maine.
  • 2017: Christine B. Hastedt, Maine Equal Justice Partners
    Chris Hastedt is one of the founders of Maine Equal Justice Partners (1996) after working for at Pine Tree Legal Assistance.  Since she began her career, Chris has worked to preserve and expand public programs such as MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), general assistance and food supplements to help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Maine people over four decades.



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.

After graduating from Denison University, Dr. Wolf obtained her MD degree from Ohio State.  She completed her pediatric and pediatric cardiology subspecialty training at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. As a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas health system, she advanced high quality specialty care delivery, guided student and resident physician education, and performed basic and applied research.  After obtaining her MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998, Dr. Wolf served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrators of the Health Resources and Services Administration as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  For her work on national policy for the new State Children’s Health Insurance Program, she received the Secretarial Award for Distinguished Service and the HRSA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Dr. Wolf is a health policy expert and published physician researcher.  She has received numerous awards, including being named one of the “50 people shaping Maine” by Maine magazine, and receiving a “20 in 20” statewide health care leadership award from the Maine Health Management Coalition.  She previously served on the Board of Grantmakers in Health.  Dr. Wolf currently lives in Boothbay Harbor, Maine where she serves as an elected town Selectwoman.