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The Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project A major, multi-disciplinary initiative focused on urban public health issues.


The Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project  is a major, multidisciplinary initiative at Hunter college that addresses urban public health issues – from diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes to health disparities due to economic and environmental factors.

Named to honor humanitarian activist Joan H. Tisch,  the project is made possible with a one million dollar-plus five-year grant from her children, Academy Award-winning producer and community leader Steven Tisch, philanthropist and activist Laurie M. Tisch, and Loews Corp. Co-Chairman and New York civic leader Jonathan Tisch.  The grant is managed by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, a non-profit foundation committed to increasing access and opportunity for all New Yorkers by supporting efforts to illuminate minds, spark imagination and build community.

There are three components to the new program:

  • Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health

    An annual fellowship for a  prominent health care professional with real-world public policy experience.  Fellows serve as  a scholar-in-residence in the Hunter community, teach undergraduate and graduate students, and conduct faculty seminars.

  • Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum

    An annual symposium at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute focusing on national and New York City public health issues, including HIV/AIDS, obesity, diabetes, environmental health, health problems associated with poverty and aging, and public mental health.

  • Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize

    An annual $10,000 prize presented to an individual and a community health organization for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.