Indianapolis’ Aida McCammon Honored as 2009 Purpose Prize Fellow for Innovation, Extraordinary Contribution in Encore Career
Indianapolis, IN — Aida McCammon has been named a 2009 Purpose Prize fellow, an honor for social entrepreneurs over 60 who are using their experience and passion to take on society’s biggest challenges.
Now in its fourth year, the six-year, $17 million program is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life. Mrs. Aida McCammon is receiving this recognition for her leadership, service, vision and guidance in creating programs that enhance the lives of the Latino community.
Her efforts in advocacy in health, education and the betterment of Latinos are known throughout the community and have been recognized locally and nationally. She attributes her success to her work and life experiences along with her formal education (PhD in Jurisprudence, a certificate in Administrative Sciences, and Masters in Social Work). Mrs. McCammon has been an avid advocate for higher education and a seeker of social equality in areas plagued with disparities, particularly within Latino populations.
At Wishard Health Services (a public hospital in Indianapolis), Mrs. McCammon founded the Hispanic Health Project which encompassed prenatal care classes, domestic violence prevention education, HIV/AIDS prevention/education for Latino youth, Spanish classes for employees, English as a second language for foreign employees, translation of documents and posting all signs in English & Spanish, interpretation services, and the creation of an interpreter certification program. Considered by the Department of Health & Human Services as one of the Models that work in terms of providing access to health to the Latino communities, The Hispanic Health Project served as a model for other hospitals across the state of Indiana.
Realizing the need to address Latino issues at a statewide level, Mrs. McCammon became Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. (ILI), a non-profit organization that works with issues related to tobacco, education for Latino youth, HIV/AIDS & domestic violence awareness for Latinas, diabetes, and nutrition for children and parents. More recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named ILI as the lead agency for the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN.
Aida McCammon will join 46 other Purpose Prize Fellows at a Summit on Innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business’ Center on Social Innovation, one of the world’s leading academic centers focused on social entrepreneurship. The fellows underscore a trend in entrepreneurialism later in life. According to studies by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the 55-64 age groups are the most active in creating new ventures.
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