Press release

Aetna Foundation President Anne C. Beal, General Colin Powell Honored at IAMMM Gala

Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine recognizes Dr. Beal for her commitment to addressing racial and ethnic health care equity and obesity



On Tuesday, September 21st, Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, and president of the Aetna Foundation, was honored with a Soar High Leaders Award by the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine (IAMMM) at its annual awards gala in Washington, D.C. Dr. Beal and the Aetna Foundation were recognized for promoting health and health care equity for racial and ethnic minorities.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Beal said, “If our complex healthcare system doesn’t work well for the most vulnerable among us, it won’t work for any of us. It doesn’t have to be this way. By better understanding why the system doesn’t work well for some, we can begin to figure out how to make health care better for all.”

IAMMM established the award in 2006 to recognize the contributions of leaders in the health care industry who have helped pave the way to a better understanding of chronic diseases, and have influenced innovation in health care through research, advocacy and education.

Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell was also honored by IAMMM. He received the Eagle Fly Free Award that recognizes distinguished citizens who have made extraordinary sacrifices and contributions to humankind by sharing their personal success stories in overcoming debilitating illnesses.

IAMMM also presented awards to seven other leaders in philanthropy, health advocacy and health care.

IAMMM focuses on the elimination of health disparities among under-represented and underserved multicultural communities.