Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced nine winners of the 2019 Award for Health Equity, which celebrates individuals who have changed systems and policies at a local level to increase the chance that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. The winners receive a cash prize and will be honored at an awards presentation on December 11, 2019, at the Foundation’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J.
The RWJF Award for Health Equity was launched in 2015, supporting national membership organizations from public health, health care, social justice, civic leadership, community development, education, planning, and philanthropy in recognition of their important work in the field. Those organizations find and select changemakers in their community who are improving well-being for the people they serve.
This year’s honorees include a primary care doctor who developed the most widely disseminated community health worker program in the United States; two community leaders who helped implement the first set of health and wellness standards for a park and recreation agency in their state; and a CEO working to break the cycle of discrimination and social stigma experienced by transgender people and other marginalized communities.
“The 2019 Award for Health Equity winners show us the types of real, community-driven efforts our nation needs to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being,” said Richard Besser, RWJF president and CEO. “The variety of solutions we are seeing put into practice is matched only by the diversity and passion of our winners."
For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.
Award For Health Equity
Our RWJF Award for Health Equity honors leaders who change systems and shows us that solutions at the community level can lead to health equity.