Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces $125K for 10 Community Health Leaders

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health-care Robert Wood Johnson Foundation AwardsAn award opportunity through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor ten outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to improve health and health care, especially to underserved communities across the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders award was established in 1991 to recognize individuals who make extraordinary contributions to improve health and health care in their communities. You may know someone in our community who would be a good candidate for this award.

Only ten awards in the amount of $125,000 each will be made for the 2011 award cycle, so it is not an award opportunity that is widely available.

Each new leader will receive a personal award of $20,000 to recognize his or her accomplishments and $105,000 to support a defined two-year project at the organization with which the leader is associated.

The nominee would need to meet the following criteria:

  • Contributed significantly to improving health and health care in his or her community
  • Created or enhanced an initiative that improves access to and quality of care or services in his or her community
  • Shows innovation in starting or enhancing a grassroots initiative which improves health or health care in their community
  • Is in mid-career with a three to ten year record of accomplishment associated with the community health issue of nomination
  • Has not received significant national recognition for their work
  • Is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories by the date full nominations are due
  • Is affiliated with a public or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code

While you may know of individuals who are high-ranking health care employees or senior level officials, they would not likely be competitive candidates.

The nomination deadline is: Friday, October 22, 2010 (12 p.m. PMT). Nominators will be notified if their candidates are selected to move to the full nomination stage.

In order to nominate a person who meets the criteria, you must submit your nomination online.

Visit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and use the Apply Online link.

You will be required to register at MyRWJF before you begin the application process. Registration is free and simple. Individuals without access to a computer may contact the national program office for assistance or use the free computer access available at the Neighborhood Resource Center.

The nomination is also relatively simple and will not take long. It involves answering a few questions regarding who you are and how you know the individual you are nominating and information on the nominee along with a brief (250 word) description of why you are nominating that person.

To find out more information on the award opportunity please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website, or contact Emily Thrasher  at The Harris Foundation, (832) 319-7381, or the Community Health Leaders Website.

The Neighborhood Resource Center has free computer access available to nominators for this award. Please call (562) 570-1010 to reserve computer time in advance, or contact Margaret Madden, Neighborhood Improvement Officer 444 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 1700, Long Beach, 90802,, or (562) 570-6830.

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