2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Are Helping People Lead Healthier Lives
- 1. Nurse Helps Disadvantaged Hawaiians Overcome Poverty and Become Nurses
- 2. Korean Immigrant Helps Elderly Asians Access Culturally Sensitive Home Care
- 3. Community Advocate Helps Rural Poor Age in Their Own Homes
- 4. Advocate Puts a New Twist on the Traditional Soup Kitchen
- 5. Pennsylvania Physician Provides Health Care, Hope to Working Poor
- 6. Rural Health Systems Manager Expands Access to Health Care in Kansas Farm Belt
- 7. Andrea Ivory Saves Lives by Helping Vulnerable Women Detect Breast Cancer Early
- 8. Delaware Mom Helps Disabled Patients Manage Routine Health Exams
- 9. Grieving Father Helps Families of Children With Cancer Navigate Health System
- 10. Latino Immigrant Educates and Supports Hispanic New Yorkers in Need
On November 9th, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the recipients of its 2011 Community Health Leaders Award. This year, these awards honor 10 men and women who have overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for those in disadvantaged or underserved communities across the country.
The 2011 RWJF Community Health Leaders Award recipients are helping to provide vital health services to residents in their own communities—people with disabilities, children growing up in public housing, frail seniors who do not speak English, the uninsured working poor, those who need health services and live in remote areas, and others.
"These individuals represent the best of America," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of the RWJF. "Each of our 2011 Community Health Leaders identified a dire need in their community and took personal and professional risks to address that need. They are helping the people in their communities to live healthier, better lives."
Now in its 18th year, the RWJF Community Health Leaders Award elevates the work of the leaders by raising awareness of their extraordinary contributions through national visibility, a $125,000 award, and networking opportunities.
The winners were named at an awards ceremony in Baltimore.
View a profile of each of the 2011 award recipients by clicking on the Table of Contents above.
2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders
These awards honor 10 men and women who have overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for those in disadvantaged or underserved communities across the country.
While the need to address disparities in care is well known, few strategies for reducing disparities have been studied systematically.
RWJF examines the types of competitive foods - foods and beverages schools offer outside of meal programs - available in our nation's school...
"The light at the end of the tunnel is ... that I carried the struggle further, and that I taught my children correctly, in the way they cho...
In 1990, Dr. Hotz's focus on collaboration led to the creation of another nonprofit organization designed to coordinate public and private h...
To Dr. Cheryl Holder, success lies in "…understanding the needs of my community and how to make solutions happen."
"I remember Ronald's smile and upbeat attitude about everything. No matter how despairing and hopeless I felt (I was clinically depressed) h...
To Dr. Arlene Goldsmith, anyone can become a leader, provided they are driven, have a personality that is open and engaging, and a passionat...
Whatever I learn from those experiences, I pass on to the people around me, so they don't have to go through what I went through in order to...
Since winning the award, Dr. Bonds has expanded her health-related educational programs, particularly through the increased use of technolog...
"Being a volunteer tests you, to see if you really can make a difference and if you really want to do it - because you do have to make sacri...
"Mr. Chatman will always be in my heart and mind. He taught me to love myself and others. He gave me a chance when no one else would."
The way Mr. Lynch looks at it, anyone can be a leader - with mentoring, training, and the right opportunity (the chance to make a living doi...