Posted on November 12, 2013 · Posted in Roosevelt House General News, Tisch Legacy Project News

The nomination cycle for 2013-14 is now closed.  Please check back in November, 2014 for updates on the 2014-15 cycle.

Hunter College is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This award was created to recognize one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishment in the field of urban public health. The nominee’s work should be focused on 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.

Made possible with support from her family-Steve Tisch, Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch-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.

Melony Samuels, Founder and Executive Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, the inaugural  2010-2011 individual recipient, notes:

“Receiving the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is an an invaluable honor; it’s an investment in the community and our organization and the returns are much greater than its monetary value. The Prize has raised the profile of our organization, providing long-term benefits and support from donors and other interested parties.”

Eligibility criteria and nomination requirements are outlined in the two PDF files below (Nomination Guidelines and Nomination Form). We invite you to submit nominations by January 24, 2014.  Renominations will be accepted; for information on the renomination process, please refer to the FAQs on our website.

A committee comprised of Hunter College faculty, health experts, and policy specialists will select the two prize recipients, and an award presentation will be held in Spring 2014. For further information about The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, please email us at or visit the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project pages on our website.

Link to Nomination Guidelines (PDF)

Link to Nomination Form (PDF)

Link to FAQs (Webpage)