The Spark Award
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Karen Rosene-Montella, M.D.
Spark Award for Innovation in
Women’s Health in RI

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Recognition by the Women’s Health Council of RI

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR / REVIEW CRITERIA

  • Innovative research, education, clinical care and policy/advocacy that improves medical, behavioral and/or social health of women in Rhode Island at any point in their lifespan. Size of initiative is not relevant.
  • Focuses on health and/or socioeconomic disparities in the community.
  • Removes barriers to care or broadens reach of existing care centers.
  • Service, process or program has been in place for at least 1 year with demonstrable results.
  • Additional preferred components

– – Links providers who deliver care and coordinate services or promotes the health of women.

– – Expected transferability of process, service or program to other organizations.

– – Ability to engage patients, clients and/or community in a meaningful way.No weighting has been assigned to the criteria.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

  • Any provider or provider organization that cares for women and/or girls in Rhode Island. Our definition of provider includes anyone that cares for the social, medical and behavioral health of women which could include direct care givers, payors or policy makers who work in institutions or the community, e.g. educators, public health professionals, social service providers.

Nomination and Selection

  • Nominations should be sent by email to Krystal Branco kbranco@lifespan.org between April 1 and October 1 of the calendar year.
  • Individuals may submit nominations for themselves or for others.
  • A Review Committee of the Women’s Health Council of RI will review all submissions in the context of the Review Criteria and make a decision before the Annual WHC Fall Conference. The review may include phone calls or visits to finalist sites.
  • The award winner will be announced at the Annual WHC Conference and will present their work at the Conference. The winner will also be recognized on our website, in the Lifespan employee e-newsletter Lifelines, through a press release to the local media and on the Lifespan social media channels.

Nominations include the following. Click here to submit a nomination. 

Concept

  • Summary of vision and issue being addressed
  • Description of service, process or program in context of Review Criteria
  • Subset of women impacted
  • Overview of development process
  • Length of time in place

Impact and Value

  • Documented results and why it is an improved solution
  • Transferability to other organizations
  • Future plans for service, process or program, sustainability, impact on community and health care system

For more information about or to nominate for the Spark Award or for more information about the Women’s Health Council of RI, contact Robin Zaman at 401 444.8009

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PRESS RELEASE

Women’s Health Council of RI seeking nominees for innovation in women’s health award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nominations are being accepted for the Karen Rosene Montella, M.D., Spark Award for Innovation in Women’s Health in RI. The distinction recognizes innovative services, processes or programs that improve medical, behavioral and/or social health for Rhode Island women of all ages.

Named for Rosene Montella, M.D., senior vice president of women’s services and clinical integration at Lifespan and professor and vice chair of medicine and director of obstetric medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the award focuses on health and socioeconomic disparities in the community. It is an acknowledgement of a provider’s efforts to remove barriers to care or broaden the reach of existing care centers; link providers in care delivery and coordination; and engage patients and the community. Rosene Montella helped found the Women’s Health Council of RI, serving as chair since its inception in 2008.

“We have no shortage in Rhode Island of compassionate providers working hard every day to ensure a broad spectrum of women receive high-quality, comprehensive care,” said Peg Miller, M.D., FACP, director of Lifespan’s Women’s Medicine Collaborative and co-chair of the Women’s Health Council of RI. “Through this award, we’d like to call attention to those committed providers for their valued contributions to raising the bar on women’s health in our state.”

Any provider or provider organization that cares for the social, medical and behavioral health of women and/or girls in Rhode Island is eligible for the award, including direct caregivers, payors or policy makers who work in institutions or the community such as educators, public health professionals, or social service providers. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Completed nomination forms can be emailed to Krystal Branco at kbranco@lifespan.org.

The deadline is October 1.

For more information about or to nominate for the Spark Award, contact Krystal Branco at kbranco@lifespan.org or 401 793.7382.

For more information about the Women’s Health Council of RI, contact Robin Zaman at 401 444.8009

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