August 13, 2013
The passing of Kevin Leonard has affected us all in so many ways. We have lost a caring and passionate patient advocate, a trusted academic and researcher, and a true friend.
At the July 24 “Celebration of Kevin’s Life”, the establishment of the Kevin J. Leonard Award was announced. This award pays tribute to Kevin’stireless advocacy on behalf of patients.
Despite serious personal health challenges, Kevin remained committed to furthering his vision of a more inclusive healthcare system, one in which patients are active partners. He personified the strength and tenacity that allows patients to engage in their own care, often pushing the boundaries of the system’s rules and expectations regarding the role of patients.
Kevin was a highly respected educator and a valued mentor who gave generously of his time to his students. He was also a dedicated researcher whose work focused primarily on measuring the performance of information technology (IT) investment within healthcare.
The Kevin J. Leonard Award will be given to an outstanding student of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation who has furthered the cause of patients as partners in their healthcare and who exemplifies the ideals and principles that Kevin imparted to his own students and colleagues over the course of his career and his personal life.
IHPME and the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation have committed funding to the establishment of the Kevin J. Leonard Award through the Office of Advancement at the University of Toronto. To continue Kevin’s legacy we urgently need your support, and deeply appreciate contributions from individuals and organizations. Please consider donating to the Kevin J. Leonard Award through the following online link: https://donate.utoronto.ca/ihpme. Your gift will ensure that the next generation of healthcare pioneers are recognized and supported throughout their education.
We truly appreciate your support and consideration.