Recognizing Young Leaders for Improving the Health of the Nation

RWJF providing funding for the Young Leader Awards at its 40th anniversary celebration

“Our goal was to honor people who showed the promise, breadth, and diversity of what health and health care are going to be like in the future,” explained Robin Mockenhaupt, PhD, MPH, MBA, RWJF chief of staff and project director.

Dates of Project: August 2012 through November 2012

Field of Work: Recognizing innovative young health leaders

Synopsis: RWJF received 840 nominations for Young Leader Awards and selected 10 winners, age 40 or younger. “Our goal was to honor people who showed the promise, breadth, and diversity of what health and health care are going to be like in the future,” said Robin Mockenhaupt, PhD, MPH, MBA, RWJF chief of staff and project director.

Key Results: Ten winners received $40,000 each and were profiled in the December 2012 issue of Health Affairs. Examples of their projects include:

  • Using innovative billboards in urban environments to improve health
  • Creating a cell phone program that provides instruction in CPR
  • Delivering preventive health care in the community through peer coaches
  • Involving patients, many of them addicts, in a community health clinic’s policy decisions.
  • Helping doctors “prescribe” basic resources, such as food and heat

Winners of the Young Leader Award demonstrated characteristics needed to improve health and health care through leadership and innovation.

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RWJF created the #YoungLeadersAward as part of its 40th anniv celebration, awarding 10 winners $40K each