Esther M. Holderby Dedicated CHW Award
The Esther M. Holderby Dedicated CHW Award honors a mid-career (more than 5 years) community health worker (CHW) who has overcome personal adversity to promote health in his or her community. In addition to promoting health in his or her community, the recipient of the award will have advocated for funding or services needed in their community to promote health. The award was established in 2006, by James M. Holderby Jr. and Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox, to commemorate the late Esther M. Holderby. Ms. Holderby was a 25-year 4-time cancer survivor and most importantly, a dedicated CHW. Until her passing in July 2005, she educated men and women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Esther was also a tireless advocate for increased funding for CHWs programs and early detection services. The award consists of a plaque and certificate, which will be awarded during the 2019 Unity Conference Reception.