Champions of Health Care 2021: Extraordinary service through trying times

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For the second year, the professionals highlighted in our annual Champions of Health Care feature are working at the center of a public health crisis unlike any we've seen in our lifetimes.

They come from a variety of practices and backgrounds - from leading broad public health initiatives and large organizations at major hospitals to founding community-based medical practices that tend to the needs of the underserved. Every one of them, in one way or another, has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, in addition to ministering to the everyday needs of their patients and their communities.

Last year as we honored these health care champions, rolling out broad testing for COVID-19 was a major challenge, and the spread of the virus was escalating at an alarming rate as we awaited a vaccine.