Posted on March 26, 2016 · Posted in Roosevelt House General News

Image caption: 2015 Tisch Prize Recipients (at center) Ann-Marie Louison, Co-Director of Adult Behavioral Health at The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES); Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (Jane Eng, CEO) with (left to right) Dr. Thomas Farley, Former Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health; Laurie M. Tisch, President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; and Jennifer J. Raab, President, Hunter College.

Hunter College is seeking nominations for the sixth 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 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.

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 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 April 25, 2016.  Renominations will be accepted; for information on the renomination process, please refer to the FAQs on our website.

A committee consisting of Hunter College faculty, health experts, and policy specialists will select the two prize recipients, and an award presentation will be held in Spring 2016. 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.

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