Lonnie Hackett

Healthy Learners

Big Idea: 

Healthy Kids/ Brighter Future turns school teachers into front-line health workers that ensure low-income kids find the care they need when they need it.

In college Lonnie studied biochemistry and was on track to become a doctor, but an opportune research trip to Zambia changed all that. Lonnie landed in the Misisi township of Lusaka, a community with extreme poverty and an HIV/AIDS crisis, and he decided to change course. He became singularly focused on getting school children access to healthcare. He worked with local medical workers, educators and international experts to found HK/BF to accomplish just that.

Rainer Arnhold Fellows