The National Forum annual award winners for exceptional contributions to heart disease and stroke prevention.

National Forum

October 30, 2017

2017 National Forum Awards


The National Forum annually recognizes individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to heart disease and stroke prevention.

National Forum Heart Healthy Stroke Free Awards

Presented to an individual and a group whose work embodies the recommendations of the national Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke.


Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH

Director of Research Clinics

Kaiser Permanente Northern California


Whether at the National Academy of Medicine, NIH or National Forum, Steve is one of the nation’s true leaders in cardiovascular health surveillance. In addition, he works closely with local agencies to improve health in Alameda County, California, and has been very active, and successful, in getting World Heart Day and Move with the Mayor up and running in Oakland.


The FH Foundation

In just 5 years since it was founded, the FH Foundation has created a global forum that has accelerated the spread of knowledge of familial hypercholesterolemia among researchers, clinicians, public health and patients. Under Katherine Wilemon and Bill Neal’s leadership, the FH Foundation has stood up the Find FH initiative, CASCADE FH Registry, and convened the premier international FH scientific meeting.


National Forum Public Policy Awards

Recognizes an individual and a group who have been effective in advancing policy change that reduces the heart disease and stroke burden on a national, state, or local level.


David Hoffman, DPS, CCE

New York State Department of Health

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors


Dr. Hoffman is one of the most effective advocates to Congress for public health and chronic disease prevention. Millions of people in states and communities across our country benefit from his effective advocacy for prevention. They may not ever know Dr. Hoffman’s name but they will live longer, more active lives thanks to his policy work.


Center for Value-Based Insurance Design

University of Michigan


The V-BID Center is advancing value-based care and prevention through legislation and executive policy making. The Center’s development of policy proposals and persistence in educating policy makers has led to action by both Congress and the Administration. The result is that more people benefit from high-value health care.


National Forum Commitment Award

Given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the National Forum.


Emmeline J. Ochiai, MPH

Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

For a full decade, Emmeline has served as ODPHP’s liaison to the National Forum’s Board, helping members contribute to development and use of the nation’s Healthy People goals.


National Forum Chair Recognition Award

Given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the National Forum. Recipients are hand-picked by the chairman of the National Forum’s Board of Directors.


Helene D. Clayton-Jeter, OD

Food and Drug Administration


Fortunato "Fred" Senatore MD, PhD, FACC

Food and Drug Administration


Instrumental in forming and leading the FDA’s Enhanced Adherence Strategies Initiative and forging a unique collaboration with the National Forum to engage other stakeholders in a joint effort to reduce the human and economic tolls taken by nonadherence to medical therapies. The EASI has published two papers and focused attention on disparities in-and-caused-by nonadherence.


Board of Directors Service


Sharon Moffatt, RN, BSN, MSN

Senior Advisor for Public Health Leadership and Transformation

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)


Sharon Moffatt has served on National Forum Board for 8 years, including two years as Chair and six years on the Executive Committee.  Sharon’s leadership has been essential to the National Forum successfully transitioning from an organization that was essentially a program of CDC into a strong, independent, self-sustaining organization