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Ten Extraordinary Americans Recognized for Local Innovation in Improving Health and Health Care
Date:10/29/2008

e people with intellectual and physical disabilities have greater opportunities and can make their own decisions about every aspect of their lives. Through her work at Full Life Corporation on Hawaii's "Big Island," Canuteson's unrelenting advocacy has brought access to much-needed services previously not available for residents of the state. For example, today, approximately 2,500 people with developmental disabilities on the island of Hawaii now have access to services provided through the Medicaid Waiver Program.

4) SCOTT CHARLES, Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scott Charles leads the "Cradle to Grave" program, an intervention program he developed to prevent youth violence at one of Philadelphia's busiest trauma centers. He takes the young people through a reenactment of the final day of a 16-year-old multiple gunshot victim -- from the moment he arrives at the trauma center to when his body is taken to the morgue. The goal: to see the real-life impact of getting shot -- not just the media images on TV and in movies. This program is a model for other trauma centers since it works to heal patients physically and spiritually. Charles also intervenes directly with gunshot patients while they are in the hospital since they have a one in seven chance of getting shot again.

5) JONATHAN DELMAN, Executive Director, Consumer Quality Initiatives, Roxbury, Massachusetts

Jonathan Delman has struggled with mental illness his entire adult life. Despite facing everyday stigmas surrounding his mental illness, Delman has chosen to help others like himself to improve their experiences. He founded Consumer Quality Initiatives, which partners with consumers and academics to conduct high-quality research on people's experiences with mental health services. He then provides the results to policy makers and service providers to help them improve services. His work has changed the way the Massachusetts Depa
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