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, 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.
The 2020 honorees’ work has become even more crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. The honorees include a certified health care interpreter who advocates for a professionalized and high-quality interpreter workforce to benefit patients with limited English proficiency; two innovators who were instrumental in the development of a state-of-the-art senior activity center that gives older adults in underserved areas a safe and inspiring place to be more active and learn about and monitor their chronic illnesses; and a youth leader who connects young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to practical and essential services and resources.
“We profoundly appreciate our 2020 award winners for their passionate commitment to health equity and systems change within the communities they serve,” said Avenel Joseph, RWJF vice president of Policy. “Their demonstrated ability to increase health equity and drive systems change is particularly critical as we battle a pandemic that causes disproportionate harm and suffering to underserved communities.”
Below are the names and organizations of this year’s winners:
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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.