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

2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders

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.

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.

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.

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