On November 19, 2014, ADvancing States presented the 3rd Katie Beckett Award to Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter for her work in support of human rights and caregiving. The award honors Katie Beckett, a national hero who championed the rights of individuals to live in whatever place they call home.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than three decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Today, she is an advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She created and chairs The Carter Center's Mental Health Task Force, an advisory body of experts, consumers, and advocates promoting positive change in the mental health field.
ADvancing States Board President James Bulot presenting the Katie Beckett Award to Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
ADvancing States also honored Senator Bernie Sanders with the 2014 Arthur S. Flemming Award. The core of what is now commonly called the national Aging Network, consisting of state agencies on aging, sub-state area agencies on aging and thousands of service providers grew out of the leadership of Dr. Flemming.
Senator Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history.
Senator Sanders receiving the Arthur S. Flemming Award from ADvancing States Executive Director Martha Roherty and Senior Director Damon Terzaghi.
Sanders has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. His other priorities include global warming, health care, fair trade policies, supporting veterans and preserving family farms. Sanders serves on five Senate committees: Budget; Veterans; Energy; Environment; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.