On Monday, June 18 Roosevelt House hosted a program and reception honoring the recipients of the second annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This year’s recipients were the New York Legal Assistance Group LegalHealth and Mark Hannay of the Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign.
About the Prize:
The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize honors a not-for-profit organization and an individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health. Made possible by a grant from Steve, Laurie, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the Prize is a tribute to their mother in recognition of her humanitarian activism in health care and social services in New York City. It is part of a three-component Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project that also sponsors a Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College and a Public Health Forum at Hunter's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.
About the Prize Recipients:
LegalHealth, founded in 2001 as a division of New York Legal Assistance Group, is now the largest medical-legal partnership in the nation. It helps to reduce health disparities among low-income, at risk populations by addressing the legal needs associated with poverty that undermine recovery from serious illness and by eliminating legal barriers to available resources. Since its inception, it has assisted over 17,000 clients and trained over 5,000 health care professionals to identify their patients' legal needs and provide support.
Mark Hannay has served as Executive Director of Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign - a citywide multi-constituency health care justice organization - since 1995. He has built a vibrant coalition of community groups, labor unions, professional associations and faith communities to fight for fundamental reform leading to universal health care. His leadership has inspired many to join successful campaigns to expand access to affordable health care, particularly for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.