April 30: Deadline for $3,000 Health Equity Award

CFAR | March 02, 2017

The Robert Wood John Foundation Award for Health Equity, which carries a $3,000 prize, will be presented by LeadingAge at this year’s Annual Meeting and Expo.

April 30 is the deadline for LeadingAge members to submit nominations for the Robert Wood John Foundation (RWJF) Award for Health Equity.

The award, which carries a $3,000 prize, will be presented by LeadingAge at this year’s Annual Meeting and EXPO, which takes place Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in New Orleans. The Award for Health Equity recognizes an individual or a team of 2 individuals who have successfully implemented a systems change approach to reducing health disparities.

Member organizations can submit nominations through an online application.

Alisha Sanders, director of housing and services policy research at LeadingAge, suggests that nominees might include staff members of LeadingAge member organizations that are bringing new services and resources to their communities in order to:

  • Increase access to health care, which could include improving physical access, helping individuals navigate across complex care systems, and/or making health care more understandable and approachable for individuals with low health literacy;
  • Address the social determinants of health; and
  • Improve opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged older adults to achieve good health outcomes.

“We’re honored to collaborate with RWJF to recognize the efforts of these members to help drive delivery system changes that will result in greater health equity for older adults across the country,” she said.

What are the Award Criteria?

The RWJF Award for Health Equity will be presented to an individual or team of 2 people whose organization is a LeadingAge member. Member organizations can submit nominations through an online application.

Nominees will be considered for the award if they have successfully implemented a systems change approach to reducing health disparities within the past 2 years. In addition, the work of the nominee should:

  • Align with RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health and achieving health equity.
  • Demonstrate success in changing systems that impact health outcomes in one or more of the following areas: access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety.
  • Provide a solution to improve outcomes for groups most affected by health disparities.

ABOUT THE HEALTH EQUITY AWARD

The Awards for Health Equity are part of RWJF’s efforts to build a national Culture of Health that improves lives and reduces health disparities by improving public safety, employment, housing, and education systems.

“By celebrating those who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health, we hope to heighten awareness of the promising potential that systems changes have to eliminate health disparities and move us closer to health equity in our society,” says RWJF Program Officer Catherine Malone.