The NLGA Improving Lives and Communities Award is given in partnership with Elevance Health in recognition of a NLGA member who is committed to working within a state, region and/or community to bring partners together around a shared commitment to address the social drivers of health. Recognizing that a healthy and vibrant community is the best medicine for healthy outcomes, the Award honors these dedicated public servants who work to enhance the lives of their constituents and impact every aspect of community life and do so through addressing social drivers of health such as nutrition, affordable and accessible housing, economic stability, and transportation in order to promote the wellbeing and quality-of-life for individuals and families residing there.
NLGA Improving Lives and Communities Award honorees include the following:
- 2022: Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist (D)
- 2021: New Jersey Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver (D)
- 2020: Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R) – Watch Lt. Gov. Griffin accept the award!
From 2015 – 2019, NLGA awarded an Advancing Healthy Lifestyles award as follows:
- 2015: Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman (D)
- 2016: South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels (R)
- 2017: Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley (R)
- 2018: New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul (D)
- 2019: Montana Lt. Governor Mike Cooney (D)