During the past month, Unite For Sight received two prestigious awards in recognition of its outstanding work that eliminates patient barriers to care.
Caroline Kennedy presented the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award to Unite For Sight's Founder and CEO Jennifer Staple-Clark. The award "honors an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have elevated the debate or changed the landscape with respect to a public issue or issues." Past winners have included Wendy Kopp (Founder, Teach For America) and Cory Booker (Mayor of Newark, New Jersey).
Unite For Sight also won the Ashoka Changemakers competition and is receiving $10,000 to eliminate preventable blindness. The competition, entitled "Making More Health: Achieving Individual, Family, and Community Well-Being," sought to identify and support innovations from around the world that transform the field of health to sustainably increase individual, family, and community well-being. Unite For Sight was one of three winners selected from more than 470 entries received from 82 countries.