The 2019 Jean Sabharwal Award Luncheon celebrating Dr. Thomas Young was a great success! See pictures from the event here.

Jean Sabharwal and Dr. Thomas Young

Throughout his career, Dr. Thomas Young has demonstrated a keen awareness of family issues which impact child health and school performance, such as poverty, housing, domestic violence, mental health, family literacy and access to health care. Always thinking about how to make a difference for children in the Bluegrass, Dr. Young founded Kentucky Child 2000 in 1998. This nonprofit group worked with medical providers, educators, government officials and business leaders to create awareness of the 40 Developmental Assets which contribute to the health and wellbeing of children, as well as their school success.


Dr. Young is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics, Member Section of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics and Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Medical Director of Baby Health Services, Consultant for ADHD at Health Kids Centers With Health First Bluegrass, Director of School Health and Child Advocacy Rotation, Director of Pediatric Global Health Track and Founder and Chair of UK Shoulder to Shoulder Global Council. His continued commitment to the betterment of Kentucky’s children and their families is evident in all aspects of his work.

2019 Jean Sabharwal Award Recipient: Dr. Thomas Young




Thank you to our 2019 Jean Sabharwal Award Sponsors!


History of the award.


The Jean Sabharwal Award was inaugurated in February of 2014 during an event held to honor the founding partners of the Family Care Center. The award was presented to Jean Sabharwal, founding director of the Family Care Center. Ms. Sabharwal is a remarkable pioneer whose many years of dedication and advocacy have resulted in brighter futures and better lives for families and young children.


The award was established by Bluegrass Families First to annually recognize an individual or group who has demonstrated passionate advocacy for Lexington’s children and families.


The spirit of this award is fittingly expressed through a beautiful stained glass piece by Lexington artist Dan Barnes.


Past Jean Sabharwal Award Recipients

2018 - Alice Nelson

2017 - Nancy Allen Lathram Rawlings

2016 - Dr. Kerby Neill

2015 - Dr. Otto Kaak

2014 - Jean Sabharwal