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Improving the Health Care System: The Sapphire Awards
Recognizing Excellence and Innovation in Community Health

2013 Sapphire Awards and Symposium


The Sapphire Awards are designed to recognize and promote excellence and innovation in community health across Florida.  This year’s Sapphire Awards and Symposium featured experts from Florida and across the nation who addressed trends, emerging issues and best practices on such timely topics as child health and wellness, access to care and health care reform.  The two-day event featured technical workshops focused on: strategic planning; fundraising and development; program evaluation; PR, media relations and social media; and nonprofit advocacy.  Furthermore, representatives from leading national and Florida-based foundations were present and shared their insights on effective grant writing, program management, measurement and evaluation.

Dr. John Lumpkin, SVP and Director, Health Care Group at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Patrick Geraghty, Chairman and CEO of Florida Blue, were this year’s keynote speakers.  While Dr. Lumpkin’s address focused on a funder’s perspective on health care and health care reform, Mr. Geraghty discussed Florida Blue’s commitment to community and mission to help people and communities achieve better health.

The Sapphire Awards and Symposium is Florida’s only statewide event that recognizes organizations, programs and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.  Since its inception, 45 individuals and/or health-focused nonprofits have been honored and over $2.4 million have been awarded in recognition of their achievements.

At this year’s event, one individual, one program and two organizations from across the state were recognized for excellence and innovation in community health.  Below, please find videos and presentations from the various sessions that were held during the two-day event, as well as the profiles and videos of the 2013 honorees.


Panel Presentation: Obesity Health Policy and Wellness


Keynote Address: A Funder’s Perspective on Health Care and Health Care Reform
Dr. John Lumpkin, SVP & Director – Health Care Group, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Breakout Session: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes for Grant Writers

Handout – Emily Furlong, Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PDF)


Breakout Session: Measuring for Effectiveness When Nobody is Looking

Presentation 2: Dr. Barbara Morrison Rodriguez, BMR Consulting (PDF)

Presentation 3: Dr. Terry Rhodes, Ounce of Prevention Fund (PDF)

Breakout Session: Telling Your Story Using Social Media

Presentation: Sharon LaSure-Roy and Kate Warnock, Florida Blue (PDF)

Breakout Session: The Crossroads of Politics and Policy – How to Advocate Without Getting Run Over

Handouts: Jack Levine, 4Generations Institute (PDF)

Breakout Session: Health Care Reform in a Post-Election World

Handout: Travis Coker, Florida Association of Community Health Centers  (PDF)

Breakout Session: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

Presentation: Wilhelmina Tribble, LTA and Christopher Noe, Nonprofits First (PDF)




Plenary Session 1: The Changing Health Care Landscape


Plenary Session 2: Funders’ Roundtable

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Keynote Address: Florida Blue’s Commitment to Community
Patrick Geraghty, Chairman and CEO, Florida Blue


2013 Individual Sapphire Award Winner: Nancy Hardt, MD

Profile (PDF)

2013 Program Sapphire Award Winner: St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry

Profile (PDF)

2013 Organization Sapphire Award Winner: Community Smiles

Profile (PDF)

2013 Organization Sapphire Award Honorable Mention: Womankind

Profile (PDF)

2013 Sapphire Awards and Symposium Program 
Program (PDF)

2013 Sapphire Awards and Symposium Blue Carpet Highlights


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