Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders each year honors up to 10 outstanding and otherwise unrecognized individuals who overcome daunting odds to improve health and health care, especially to underserved populations in communities across the United States. The program aims to elevate the work of these unsung leaders through heightened recognition, technical assistance and new leadership opportunities.
- Up to 10 awards in the amount of $125,000 each will be made in the 2011 cycle. 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.
- November 28, 2011 (3 p.m. ET)—Deadline for receipt of brief nominations.
- January 20, 2012—Nominators notified if their candidates are selected to move to the full nomination stage.
- March 5, 2012 (3 p.m. ET)—Deadline for receipt of full nominations.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
To be considered for a CHL award, a nominee must:
- have contributed significantly to improving the health of underserved communities by increasing access to health services or quality;
- have positively affected a significant number of people in the targeted community;
- have been involved with the initiative for which he/she is nominated for no less than three years and no more than 10 years;
- have a record of accomplishment associated with the community health issue for which he/she is nominated;
- be a relatively unsung leader, having not received significant national recognition or awards for his/her work;
- be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories; and
- be affiliated with a public or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Full selection criteria can be found in the Call for Nominations.