For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie McMullen, Communications Manager
HVO Volunteers, Partners Recognized for
Commitment and Leadership in Global Health
[ Washington, DC - April 5, 2019 ] Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the fourteenth annual HVO Golden Apple Award. As part of its World Health Day observances and in celebration of World Health Worker Week, HVO recognizes the extraordinary contributions of HVO members, volunteers and supporters. Each individual and group honored with this award has demonstrated a commitment to HVO’s mission to improve global health through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries.
Golden Apple
The recipients of the 2019 HVO Golden Apple Award are: Richard Fisher, MD; Christoph Funk, MUDr; Brian Hollander, DMD; Mimi Mynak, MD; and George Pantely, MD.

This year’s honorees also include two groups recognized for their collective contribution to HVO’s global health mission: the team of anesthesia providers at Angkor Hospital for Children, (Bunrum Ly, Eng Hor, Kang PuthCheat, Im Peng An, Ho Sophal and Dr. Nhoung Pheakdey) and the editors of the HVO-sponsored Frontiers in Public Health eBook International Partnerships for Strengthening Health Care Workforce Capacity: Models of Collaborative Education (Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN, FAAN (lead editor); Jennifer Audette, PhD, PT; Kevin Hardwick, DDS, MPH; and Wil Van Cleve, MD, MPH). 
These groups and individuals have contributed to global health and the HVO mission in a number of ways. Their work includes project assessment, development, and monitoring; advocacy and promotion of HVO’s mission; building professional networks that support health workers and facilitate advancements at project sites; cultivating connections between HVO volunteers and overseas trainees; research and dialogue around strengthening health workforce capacity; developing educational resources; teaching, training, and mentoring overseas health workers; devising and implementing life-saving protocols; and improving access to quality health care for patients in resource-limited settings. To read more about their contributions, please visit the HVO Golden Apple Honoree webpage .
“The HVO Golden Apple Award recipients are an integral part of HVO’s work to bring quality health care to all,” remarked HVO Executive Director, Nancy Kelly, MHS. “As we focus on Universal Health Coverage this World Health Day, it is only fitting that we celebrate their individual and collective efforts, which lead to more people accessing quality health care delivered by local health professionals.”
The HVO Board of Directors established the HVO Golden Apple Award in 2006 to recognize and thank the individuals and health educators who make exceptional contributions to HVO and our mission to improve global health. Each year, a handful of individuals - nominated by HVO members, volunteers or leadership, or by our overseas partners - receives the award in recognition of the substantial impact they have had as teachers, advisers, mentors and leaders.
Since 1950, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community have celebrated World Health Day on April 7. The day always focuses on a relevant global health issue and this year’s theme is “Universal Health Coverage.” This campaign aims to help people better understand what universal health coverage means – what services and support should be available and where. For more information on World Health Day, visit the WHO website .
World Health Worker Week, celebrated for the seventh consecutive year, runs from April 1-7. The week serves as an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policy makers in support of health workers around the world. It is a time to celebrate the amazing work that they do and to raise awareness of the challenges they face every day.  Learn more about World Health Worker Week .
About Health Volunteers Overseas
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO fosters partnerships between institutions, local providers, volunteers and sponsor organizations, so that, together, we can address the global health workforce shortage. HVO recruits trained physicians, nurses, dentists, and allied health professionals to support their colleagues overseas through education, mentorship and inter-professional collaboration. Our volunteers train the next generation of providers while mentoring and working alongside those already in practice to support and sustain them in their work.

We invest in health workers, helping to build health system resilience and capacity to ensure all people will have access to high quality health care delivered by local health professionals.

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