Distinguished Service Award

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition. Winners will be announced this spring.

2017 Winner

Charles Moore, M.D.
Grady Health System

Charles Moore, M.D., has served patients and his community with distinction for many years as the otolaryngology chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital and as professor of otolaryngology for the Emory University School of Medicine. Perhaps what is most remarkable about his professional career is his work as the president and founder of the HEALing Community Center. This initiative began with Dr. Moore loading medical supplies into his car and offering free basic primary care to a west Atlanta community plagued by stroke, cancer, diabetes and other diseases. The idea grew when Dr. Moore’s colleagues at Grady and Emory University volunteered to help him and the cause. This core group of volunteers eventually developed into HEAL (Health Education, Assessment & Leadership). With a grant, Dr. Moore created the HEALing Community Center – a brick-and-mortar Federally Qualified Health Center that offers a wide variety of services ranging from behavioral health to dental care and social services.


Dr. Moore was presented with an opportunity to address even more public health problems in Atlanta when he became director of Emory’s Urban Health Initiative in 2011. The initiative facilitates Emory and community partnerships working to provide solutions to several issues, including those involving food and nutrition, health services and access to care. Dr. Moore’s support of a Health and Human Services grant helped the Urban Health Initiative become part of the Affordable Care Act roll out and allowed Grady to hire two patient navigators who have helped thousands of patients enroll in health care.


Dr. Moore’s work has been recognized by awards from several organizations, including the National Academy of Otolaryngology, the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Public Health.


Dr. Moore’s efforts have helped thousands gain access to care as well as increased public attention to the health care needs of the community.