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Health Access Hero Awards

Honoring individuals or organizations improving health care access for people with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

Nominations for 2024 have closed. Stay tuned to meet our newest Heroes!

Health Access Hero

What is health care access?

Access takes many shapes. It can mean needing transportation to and from a medical appointment. Or ensuring anyone with disabilities can safely enter and receive care. It’s the number of care providers available in a given population and making sure everyone has benefits or insurance coverage to receive care, or financial support for any non-covered care. Access is also about education and awareness of chronic disease management, wellness and nutrition, including good health habits, and true understanding in every community of the impact consistent health care can have over a lifetime.

The 2024 Health Access Hero Award nominations have closed.

Heroes will be announced in July.

Each recipient receives a commemorative plaque, a $5,000 donation made to a qualified nonprofit of their choice and recognition throughout the year as we highlight their stories and work.

Help us celebrate the life-changing, influential efforts of the often-unsung heroes doing the frontline work to make a difference.

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Health Access Grant Program

We also actively work to enable access through the Sun Life Health Access grant program (formerly Team Up Against Diabetes grant program) that supports nonprofit organizations and health programs with grants up to $100,000. Learn more about our Health Access grant program

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