On August 12, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the recipients of the 2010 Community Health Leaders Award, honoring 10 individuals who have overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for those living in disadvantaged communities across the United States.
The efforts of these 10 Community Health Leaders highlight the unmet need for access to quality affordable health services. Their work demonstrates the immense difference one person can make.
"Through your creativity, your compassion, and your hard work, each of you is revolutionizing our health care and improving health in your communities," Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and chief executive officer of RWJF, said at a gala ceremony at the Foundation. "That's not just leadership. That’s visionary, transformative leadership.”
These extraordinary leaders each receive $125,000 to support their ongoing work, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with other leaders from around the country. This year's winners join a distinguished and diverse group of 188 previous award recipients.
View the profile of each of the 2010 award recipients by clicking on the "Table of Contents" above.
- 1 Judy Berry Creates Facility that Provides New Model of Care for Dementia Patients
- 2 Dana Harvey Revitalizes Low-Income Community with Urban Health Food Store
- 3 Joe Hollendoner Provides Critical Health and Social Services to LGBT Youth
- 4 Roseanna Means Creates Program to Meet Unique Needs of Homeless Women
- 5 Josephine Mercado Creates Program to Teach Latinos How to Stay Healthy
- 6 Susan Rodriguez Helps Women Living with HIV/AIDS Learn about and Manage Their Disease
- 7 Fran Rooker's Family Tragedy Inspired Breakthrough for Brain Injury Patients
- 8 Shira Shavit Honored for Creating a 'Medical Home' for Former Prison Inmates
- 9 Kris Volcheck Honored for Creating Free Dental Clinic for the Homeless
- 10 Andru Ziwasimon-Zeller Cares and Advocates for Uninsured
2010 RWJF Community Health Leaders
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