Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Young Leader Awards Winners

    • October 25, 2012

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced 10 winners of its first-ever RWJF Young Leader Awards. The award recognizes leaders who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. The awards also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership.

In recognition of RWJF’s 40th anniversary, Foundation leaders established the RWJF Young Leader Awards to highlight the important contributions that people can make early in their career to improving health and health care for all Americans. The 10 recipients will each receive $40,000.

"As we reflected on our accomplishments over the past 40 years, we also wanted to look to the future," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. "During the relatively short period that our foundation has been operational, these impressive men and women were born and raised and started doing amazing things that can potentially improve the health of all Americans. We're proud to acknowledge their early success, and inspired by the potential they have to improve U.S. health and health care."

The 10 RWJF Young Leader Awards recipients named today are:

Ruben Amarasingham, MD, MBA

President and CEO; Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

Dallas, Texas

Ashley Atkinson, MSW

Director of Urban Agriculture and Openspace; The Greening of Detroit

Detroit, Mich.

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE

Director; Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science Program

Deputy Director; Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics & Health Policy;

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pa.

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, PhD

Associate Professor of Human Ecology and Africana Studies; Rutgers University

New Brunswick, N.J.

Raina Merchant, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pa.

Rebecca D. Onie, JD

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer; Health Leads

Boston, Mass.

Carmen A. Peralta, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor in Residence; University of California San Francisco

San Francisco, Calif.

Doran Schrantz

Executive Director; ISAIAH

Minneapolis, Minn.

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs; Columbia University

Director of Systems Design; Earth Institute

Resident in Internal Medicine; Mount Sinai Hospital

New York, N.Y.

Somava Stout, MD

Vice President of Patient-Centered Medical Home Development; Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge, Mass.

The Institute for Alternative Futures helped a diverse panel of established leaders select the award winners from a pool of nearly 850 candidates, based on a vision for health and health care 40 years from now.  The reviewers were David Altman, PhD (Center for Creative Leadership), Esther Dyson (EDventure Holdings), Dean Kamen (DEKA Research & Development Corporation), Denise Koo, MD, MPH (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), David Satcher, MD, PhD (Morehouse School of Medicine) and David R. Williams, PhD, MPH (Harvard School of Public Health).


About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter or Facebook

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