This month the Health eVillages Board of Directors gathered in New York City to help support the work of RFK Human Rights and to honor the laureates of the 2018 Ripple of Hope Award – Bruce Broussard of Humana, David Zaslav of Discovery, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and President Barak Obama. Each year the award is given to those who “work toward a more just and peaceful world.” Health eVillages founder and president, Donato Tramuto, was honored with the Ripple of Hope Award in 2014.

This year is the 50th anniversary of RFK Human Rights and the evening’s celebration focused on some of the important work conducted by the organization this year, including the right to reasonable bail for the accused, the fight to reunify immigrant families, and the importance of the “Speak Truth to Power” human rights curriculum in America’s schools.

Our own Donato, who serves on the RFK Human Rights Board and chairs their Leadership Council, made a special announcement at the Ripple of Hope gathering this year. He shared that the Tramuto Foundation had committed $1 million to RFK Human Rights to launch a national workplace dignity and inclusion initiative, called “Speak Truth to Empower,” to combat bullying and discrimination in the workplace. For more information about this groundbreaking program, please read more here.

“My father believed ‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,” said Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President and Health eVillages Board member Kerry Kennedy. “On the 50th anniversary of his historic campaign for the White House, we honor laureates who have sent forth countless ripples of hope to millions of people inspired by their example.”

President Obama proclaimed that hope is “insistence that no matter how tough our circumstances are, there are better days ahead.” He said, “Progress is hard…but the story of the last 50 years is a story of a more just and more peaceful world,” and that this “should not be cause for complacency but cause for courage.”

Humana CEO Bruce Broussard was honored for his health insurance company’s commitment to improving the health of the communities they serve 20% by 2020.

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey said he was “working to create a state that is strong and fair, which welcomes and embraces diversity, and ensures greater educational and economic opportunities for all.”

Discovery CEO David Zaslav said “we cannot stand aside,” and that Discovery strives to “give voice to the those who cannot speak for themselves.”

RFK Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, whether in the United States or abroad, its programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of students in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment. Health eVillages was founded in partnership with RFK Human Rights in 2011, and we continue to work together to advocate for healthcare as a human right. For more information about RFK Human Rights, visit www.rfkhumanrights.org.

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