The Nick Littlefield Award for Excellence in Community Health was established in 2016 to honor Mr. Nick Littlefield's lifelong dedication to public health policy and health care access. The award will recognize an organization making extraordinary contributions to children's health through a one-time, two-year $100,000 award ($50,000/year). The grant will focus on health care providers and community-based organizations that serve children under the age of 18.
Nationally recognized as a respected and powerful force in health care policy, Nick Littlefield was the former co-chair of the Government Strategies Group in the Boston law firm Foley, Hoag LLP.
Serving as staff director and chief counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy's Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (1989 - 1998), Mr. Littlefield shepherded a long list of landmark health policy reforms, including the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Ryan White AIDS Care Act; the Child Care Block Grant; the Food Nutrition Labeling and Education Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; and the Hatch-Kennedy Children's Health Insurance Act (CHIP).
Mr. Littlefield served on the Board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation from its establishment in 2001 to his retirement in 2014. Throughout his life, Mr. Littlefield never wavered in his commitment to improving health care for underserved populations.