Shelly has devoted her life to ensuring children have access to critical healthcare services throughout her numerous career achievements. She helped craft and spearhead the passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides free or low cost, comprehensive health care services to over 170,000 Pennsylvania children, and is available in nearly all 50 states. Under her leadership at PCCY, she also created Give Kids Sight Day, an annual event The Eye Institute of Salus University participates in, which provides complimentary vision care to children in need – the core mission of Looking Out for Kids. In the words of PCCY Health Policy Director Colleen McCauley, Shelly works from the premise that “all kids are our kids,” making her a true standout leader and advocate for children’s health and well-being.
The Lighthouse Award was established to honor those who are beacons of light and sources of strength in the community in which they live, work, and serve above and beyond their occupations. Award-recipients demonstrate stellar, selfless, path finding community service that substantially benefits the health and well-being of disadvantaged and underserved children and youth in the greater Philadelphia area.
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