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Community Health Champions Award

2020 Community Health (Dr. Kitty Esterly) Champions Award Nomination Form

Each year, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (DHMIC) recognizes a person or organization that goes above and beyond to promote health equity.

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health, such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”  — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The award is named in honor of Delaware’s first neonatologist, Dr. Kitty Esterly, whose work has inarguably done more for the health of women and their children than anyone in the First State. Dr. Esterly was an active voice, champion, and advocate on behalf of women, infants, and children. With her “can-do” spirit, she worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone had a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. It was the cornerstone of her amazing practice and her commitment to Delaware’s community for nearly six decades. Dr. Esterly served on the boards of several organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium. She also served as the chair of the Delaware Perinatal Board. The recipient of this prestigious award will model the same commitment and dedication to promoting health equity that Dr. Esterly steadfastly displayed throughout her career. 

The DHMIC is committed to making sure that every mother and every child — and the men in their lives — has a fair chance for good health. The Dr. Kitty Esterly Award Competition is NOW OPEN!