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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award Recipients

The Foundation will recognize the recipients during a ceremony at the rescheduled Connections 2020 conference on November 9, 2020


Atlanta, GA – April 27, 2020 – Healthcare Georgia Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award. The list of recipients includes five individuals and one collaborative, all of which will be recognized at the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award ceremony on November 9, 2020, during the Foundation’s rescheduled Connections 2020 conference.


Established in 2008, the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award shines a spotlight on extraordinary individuals, nonprofit organizations, and collaboratives that are making a difference and championing the cause of equitable healthcare in their communities. By recognizing those who inspire and lift others up, it is the Foundation’s hope that Mr. Greene’s legacy of community service will continue through the work of others.


The full list of recipients includes:


  • Sheila Weidman-Farley
  • Dr. Heval Mohamed Kelli
  • Beth Shaifer
  • Dr. Beverly Deaderick Taylor
  • Darrell Sabbs
  • Healthy Savannah (Collaborative Award Recipient)


Dr. Gary Nelson, President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation, commented on the award recipients, “We consider it an honor and a privilege to highlight the efforts of these individuals and the collaborative. Their unwavering commitment to serving their communities through the advancement of health equity is most admirable, and the Foundation thanks each and every one of them for their selfless service and tireless work.”


To learn more about each of the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award recipients, please click here.


About Joseph D. Greene

A personal hero and mentor to many, Joseph D. Greene served on the board of several major organizations, including the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. A native Georgian, Mr. Greene was the first African American elected to public office in McDuffie County and the first to serve on a number of community and state boards in an era when racial tensions were high and integration was in its early stages. As a founding Healthcare Georgia Foundation board member, Mr. Greene helped steward the organization from its inception in 1999 through his retirement from the board in 2006. In 2008, Healthcare Georgia Foundation dedicated its community service award program in his honor, naming it the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award.


About Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, charitable organization with a vision of health equity in Georgia where all people attain their fullest potential for health and well-being. Through strategic grantmaking, our mission is to enable, improve, and advance the health and well-being of all Georgians. For more information, visit

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