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Humana CEO Bruce D. Broussard and former President Barack Obama will be among this year’s recipients of the 2018 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization.

The award celebrates leaders in the international business, public service, entertainment and activist realms who’ve shown their commitment to social change.

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“Broussard has championed an integrated care delivery model that is expected to drive down patient costs, enhance treatment quality, and improve outcomes,” according to a news release from the human rights organization.

The group, which advocates for a more just and peaceful world, also noted Broussard’s past work as an executive financial and operations leader who improved health access for people in need of care in such areas as oncology, assisted living/senior housing, home care and oral health.

Broussard said he is honored to be receiving the award, which comes during the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s historic run for the White House. The 42-year-old Kennedy’s presidential campaign ended with his assassination in 1968.

“Robert F. Kennedy inspired our nation to rededicate itself to social and economic justice for all Americans, and that critical work continues today,” Broussard said in the news release. “As CEO of Humana, I’ve committed our company to improving the health of our communities, particularly for older Americans. Access to quality health care is essential if we are to achieve the kind of world that Senator Kennedy dreamed of, and while our work is not done, every day we’re making progress toward that goal.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Discovery CEO David Zaslav also are set to receive the award, which will be presented Dec. 12 at the annual Ripple of Hope Gala in New York.

Past winners have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary; rocker Bono; and Kentucky’s native son, the actor George Clooney.

Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.


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