New York, NY, March 14, 2019 – Roosevelt House at Hunter College today announced a call for nominations for the ninth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prizes, $10,000 awards created to honor one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishments in the field of urban public health. The deadline for nominations is May 1.

All nominees’ work should be focused upon improving urban public health in areas such as: reducing health disparities; obesity/diabetes/nutrition; chronic disease prevention and management; environmental health; HIV/AIDS; health problems associated with poverty; healthy aging; mental health; substance abuse and addiction; public health policy and advocacy; and access, financing, and quality of care.

Successful candidates will have pioneered creative approaches to tackle significant public health challenges and made valuable contributions to the health of New Yorkers. They will join a respected group of former recipients selected based on achievement, innovation and impact.

Past winners include Melony Samuels, Founder and Executive Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, who was the inaugural 2011 individual recipient, and 2018 recipients Claudia Aristy, Director of Children of Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read (ROR) Program and the Health Education and Literacy for Parents (HELP) Project at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue, and the Service Program for Older People, Inc. (SPOP).

Made possible with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the award is named to honor New York City resident Joan H. Tisch and her humanitarian activism in health care and social services. Each recipient receives a $10,000 award. When presented to an individual, $5,000 is payable to the initiative the person is being honored for or to the organization he/she is affiliated with, and $5,000 is for personal development.

Eligibility criteria and nomination requirements are outlined on the Nomination Guidelines. The Nomination Form, as well as additional information can be found and online. Re-nominations will be accepted.

A jury consisting of Hunter College faculty, health experts, and policy specialists will select the two prize recipients, and an award presentation will be held in fall 2019. For further information about The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, please visit the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.