Ralph Fuccillo to Receive 2016 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism

Ralph Fuccillo to Receive 2016 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism

June 8, 2016

The DentaQuest Foundation today announced that its president Ralph Fuccillo will receive the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. Fuccillo will be honored for his work as a servant leader in public health and his lifelong commitment to health equity.

“I am honored and truly humbled by this recognition from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship,” said Fuccillo. “ASF’s work to equip the next generation of health professionals with the tools and skills they need to serve and empower vulnerable communities is invaluable. I am so proud to support this mission, as well as ASF’s commitment to developing servant leaders whose guidance we’ll depend on as the systems impacting health and health outcomes continue to evolve.”

“We’re proud to honor Ralph Fuccillo for his lifetime achievements working to improve public health. His work empowering vulnerable people to live healthier lives, and his longstanding commitment to service is inspirational,” said ASF Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard. “Early in his career he worked with vulnerable people as a substance abuse counselor. He later provided extraordinary leadership both locally and nationally in combating AIDS. Today, he is bringing national attention to the need to improve the oral health of all. The depth and range of Ralph’s leadership and service through his work with organizations like DentaQuest, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, and the Medical Foundation, Inc., and his past service as Schweitzer Fellowship board member, encompass the essence of Albert Schweitzer and the goals of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.”

The Boston-based Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has chapters throughout the United States and one at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa. Each year, nearly 300 graduate students participate in year-long Schweitzer Fellowships during which they learn leadership skills to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism recognizes a portfolio of work that has significantly mitigated the social determinants of health in the US and/or abroad, and that embodies a commitment to service that influences and inspires others. Past honorees included Partners In Health; Irwin Redlener, MD, co-founder and president of the Children’s Health Fund; former US Surgeons General Regina M.Benjamin, MD, MBA, David Satcher, MD, and C. Everett Koop, MD; Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush; and Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund.

The award will be given in conjunction with ASF’s SPARK! Leadership Conference on Friday, November 4, 2016.



The DentaQuest Foundation is the leading U.S. philanthropy focused solely on oral health. The Foundation is supporting the development of the Oral Health 2020 network, a group of partners committed to working collectively at the national, state and community levels to eradicate dental disease in children and improve lifelong oral health. The DentaQuest Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DentaQuest. To learn more, visit Follow the DentaQuest Foundation on Twitter, @OralHealth2020, and visit our Facebook page


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