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Amy Haddad , Steve Martin recognized as 2016 United Way of the Midlands’ “Citizens of the Year”

Amy HaddadAmy Haddad, PhD, director of Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and her husband Steve Martin, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, were honored as United Way’s 2016 “Citizens of the Year” at the organization’s annual lunch, Oct. 21 at the Omaha Hilton Hotel.

Haddad’s and Martin’s record of service to the community goes far beyond their roles at Creighton University and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Their civic commitments include co-leadership of the 2006 United Way of the Midlands (UWM) Campaign, and Martin’s term as Board Chair of UWM in 2008.

Martin’s commitment includes service as a Governor for the Knights of Aksarben, and as a board member for Lauritzen Gardens, Strategic Command Consultation Committee and The Durham Museum.

Haddad has served in leadership positions with the Douglas County Board of Health, Women’s Fund of Omaha, Opera Omaha Guild, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Midlands Council of Girl Scouts of America, Alzheimer’s Association of Omaha-Eastern Nebraska and Joslyn Art Museum. Haddad, who also holds the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences at Creighton, is also president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Haddad has served as director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics Women and Health Lecture series since 2004, which is a part of the center’s programming and service projects. The series features nationally recognized women writers whose work addresses health issues and includes an ethical dimension.

"I simply can’t imagine any two people more committed to the health and cultural advancement of the Omaha community than Amy Haddad and Steve Martin,” said Haddad’s colleague Victoria Roche, PhD, a senior associate dean in the School of Pharmacy and Health Profession. “Both have incredibly demanding professional careers that require intense dedication, yet they find time to not only contribute to core and enriching civic initiatives, but to lead them.  

Ken Stinson, Chairman Emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons’, Inc. will deliver keynote remarks. Stinson was chair of UWM’s Strategic Planning Committee, whose members carefully assessed United Way’s community impact and set a course to strengthen its efforts, including even greater collaboration with other local organizations.

UWM is focused on reducing poverty in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area – and helping our neighbors stand strong – by addressing basic needs, and fostering their success in the classroom and the workplace. The work is done through a network of results-oriented and carefully-vetted human service programs, as well as collaborative efforts with other nonprofit and civic organizations that focus on making our community stronger.

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