Each year, WebMD pays tribute to everyday folks -- and a few famous faces -- who do great things to help others live healthier, better lives.
Who is a Health Hero? A person who sees a need and does all he or she can to fill it. This year, we're honoring:
Ronald "Jake" Clark, Advocate
After he served in the Army following 9/11, Clark saw his fellow veterans come home struggling with the mental and emotional wounds of war, many taking their own lives. He started Save A Warrior, a group that helps veterans and others recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and avoid suicide.
Bennet Omalu, MD, Scientist
Omalu’s research uncovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disorder caused by repeated brain injuries, and he linked it to the physical trauma that certain former NFL players endured. His work has transformed the way we look at -- and play -- football.
Kenneth Shinozuka, Prodigy
The 17-year-old’s award-winning invention -- a pressure sensor in a sock that beams an alert to a caregiver’s smartphone -- offers a way to protect older people with dementia from dangerous wandering.
Glenn Close, People’s Choice
The award-winning actress is turning the spotlight on the stigma that people with a mental illness often face. Her organization, Bring Change 2 Mind, aims to change public attitudes about those disorders. WebMD readers voted to name her the 2015 People’s Choice Health Hero.
Check out photos and video highlights from our Health Hero Awards gala, hosted by Robin Roberts in New York City on Nov. 5, 2015.