About LAAHU • Awards

LAAHU’s Commitment to You

We help you grow your business and better serve your clients by delivering outstanding educational and networking opportunities.

Los Angeles

LAAHU helps our members succeed by providing the tools they need in today’s changing healthcare industry.

LAAHU helps members better serve their clients, improve their communities, and grow their businesses through insightful educational programs, active legislative advocacy in Sacramento and Washington, DC, powerful networking opportunities, and leadership in the state and national associations.

What to Know About LAAHU

Yes, LAAHU is a professional association, but we’re much more.
We’re a community working hard for our clients, our profession and our community.

Who We Are

LAAHU is the preeminent organization for benefit professionals in Los Angeles County and an important part of state and national associations.

LAAHU Times-the newsletter

Members stay informed of LAAHU activities through this web site, our newsletters, and our presence on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Building Our Community

LAAHU is an active member of our community through support of the Acme Charity, community health clinics and more.

Awards Given

LAAHU recognizes members who make extraordinary contributions.

Paladin Award

LAAHU’s most prestigious award. A six-member Committee comprised of the four most recent Paladin recipients, the Immediate Past President and the President-Elect meet to discuss and select the LAAHU member who best meets the established criteria for this most honored award.

Legislative Excellence Award

The LAAHU Legislative Excellence Award is only made in years that one or more committee members have met the award criteria. The Legislative Committee Chair and Vice-Chair meet to determine if it is appropriate to present the award based on the specified criteria.

Awards Received

LAAHU and its members often go above and beyond the expected.
We do this for our clients and to make our chapter and our industry stronger, not for awards.
Still, we’re honored when these efforts are recognized.

Chapter Honors

NAHU Pacesetter – 2016/17

CAHU Large Chapter of the Year – 2017

LAAHU Board receiving chapter of the year

Large Chapter Membership Retention Award – 2016/17

Individual Honors

Dede Kennedy-Simington

CAHU Member of the Year – 2015
DSA Award – 2016
Media Relations Award – 2016/17

David Benson

NAHU Distinguished Service Award-2015

Kerry Wright

CAHU William T. Robinson and Lloyd Baum Legislative Spirit of Freedom and Legislative Excellence Award – 2015

Dawn McFarland

CAHU Member of the Year – 2016
Presidential Citation – 2016/17

Gus Altuzarra

Emerging Leaders Award – 2017

Neil Booth

Emerging Leaders Award – 2017

Elizabeth Underhill

Emerging Leaders Award – 2017