Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Community Leadership Award
Denise Dillard is the recipient of the 2008 Community Leadership Award presented by Covering Kids and Families of Indiana. She is the Vice President of Government & External Affairs with Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Indiana. Ms. Dillard has been a staunch supporter of Covering Kids & Families of Lake County for several years. Most recently, she has demonstrated her support by committing to develop and implement a plan of enrolling 10,000 Hoosiers in Lake County into Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan. Methodist Hospitals provides enrollment assistance and on site enrollment through their Financial Services Department.
Ms. Dillard believes that collaboration is the key to bridge the gap to quality and affordable health care for all residents of Lake County. Perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments is her embrace of the Indiana Minority Health Disparities Roundtable Initiative for Northwest Indiana. The mission of this initiative is to address health disparities across Northwest Indiana and ensure families have access to health coverage for the purpose of chronic disease prevention.
Ms. Dillard is recognized for her teamwork, leadership, innovation, and dependability. Whenever her expertise is called upon, as a dedicated partner of the Covering Kids & Families of Lake County coalition, she quickly accepts the task and lends the full support of resources available to her through Methodist Hospitals and her network of community partners.
The Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Community Leadership Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates excellence through advocacy, support and collaborative efforts in a particular Indiana community to improve access to health coverage for Hoosier families. The local coalitions are the backbone of Covering Kids & Families. Through coordinated efforts of the local partners, families receive Hoosier Healthwise enrollment assistance and processes are piloted and perfected to become best practices replicated across the state. The strength of the local coalition lies in the time and commitment of dedicated partners.
The Community Leadership Award recognizes an exemplary partner who serves as a model for effective practices, leadership, dependability, innovativeness, teamwork, and commitment to improvement.
Covering Kids and Families of Indiana is a not for profit organization advocating health care coverage for all.
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