ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2019 Power of A Silver Award winners for their work to serve populations in need in the U.S. and abroad.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers – Helping Refugees Reclaim their Education

Refugees are among the most vulnerable of human populations. In addition to the personal hardships they have endured, access to higher education is often sharply limited. The AACRAO Pledge for Education brings together universities, colleges, and educational non-profits to defend the universal human right to education while providing guidance on practical implementation of admissions policies. Lead by Global Affairs at UC Davis and in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, AACRAO established the Article 26 Backpack, a cloud-based “ecosystem” that helps refugees and other vulnerable young people reclaim their education following a disruption by war, natural disaster, or economic collapse. Through the program, a student, or backpacker, would have a cloud-based ecosystem of their professional and educational identity in place, ideally before a disruption.

American Bankers Association – Protecting older Americans from Financial Exploitation

Elder financial abuse is on the rise, with reports estimating that older Americans, one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, lose between $2.9 billion and $36.48 billion annually due to financial exploitation. Knowing this problem is preventable, the American Bankers Association, through its ABA Foundation, developed a multi-faceted educational campaign to inform and protect America’s seniors. The campaign centers on the Safe Banking for Seniors program, which equips banks with free planning tools and educational content to inform seniors, their families, and their caregivers on how to protect their assets. Participating bankers obtain access to a Protecting Financial Security of Older Americans Toolbox, which guides bankers on how to start, plan, and communicate a senior financial education program at their banks. To encourage maximum reach, the ABA Foundation offers its Toolbox and materials free to any bank, regardless of ABA membership.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses – Empowering Families in Need of Diapers

Research shows when families have enough diapers for their babies, parents pursue employment or education, their infants or toddlers attend preschool, and a family’s stress plummets while wellbeing, parenting confidence and quality of life increases. Yet, across all incomes, federal statistics show 3 million children ages 3 or younger lack enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy. Nurses treat serious rashes and infections that happen when parents leave soiled diapers on for too long, or if they dry and reuse diapers. Moved by parents’ struggles in providing enough diapers, AWHONN created the Healthy Mom & Baby Diaper Drive: Powered by the Nurses of AWHONN (DiaperDrive.org). Since 2015, nurses have donated more than 1 million diapers, advocated for eliminating sales taxes on diapers, and restocked diaper banks during natural disasters.

Washington Health Care Association – Enabling Citizens to Access and Afford Long Term Care

In order to help enable access to and affordability of long term care when it is needed, WHCA formed a coalition of organizations which worked toward a solution to help countless Washington state residents prepare for the likely need for long term care. Washingtonians for a Responsible Future is a coalition to conduct research and foster legislation to help those in need. The coalition conducted an actuarial research study using a nationally recognized firm to see if a public benefit funded by w-2 wage earners would be effective and sustainable. In 2019, the group ran a bill (2HB1087) that passed the legislature enacting the Long Term Care Trust Act. The Act will empower Washingtonians to pay for long term care when they need to and save the state billions in Medicaid spending for long term services and supports over time. By 2052, for example, the projected cumulative savings to the state Medicaid spending for long term care is $34 billion.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Assisting Displaced Students Project

While nearly one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, only 23 percent of patients know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available to them. In an effort to inform everyone about breast reconstruction options following a mastectomy or lumpectomy, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation, which is the charitable arm of ASPS, lead the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, one of the few breast cancer campaigns dedicated to building awareness around breast reconstruction options. The goal of the campaign is to educate, engage and empower people to make the decision that is best for them following a diagnosis of breast cancer. The program involves informing patients, family members, caregivers and the media that the breast cancer loop remains open until one is informed of their breast reconstruction options to which they are legally entitled.

A complete listing of Summit, Gold and Silver winners can be found here. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners.  Nominations will open in January for 2020 recognition.