Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project

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

The Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project was established in 2011 to honor the legendary humanitarian activist Joan H. Tisch. Mrs. Tisch, who died in 2017 at age 90, was described as a “hands-on philanthropist” by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), where she was an early supporter, writing on her volunteer application that she had “known several people afflicted with AIDS, some of whom have died, and I would like to be of service.” At that point, the organization had no idea how important a supporter she would become. It was this initial engagement in public health that inspired her children to establish and fund the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project at Hunter College.

Centered at Hunter’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, the project sponsors the Joan H. Community Health Prize, which awards $10,000 annually to both an individual and an organization in recognition of distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health. Those honored since the program began in 2011 have included people and groups addressing health inequities in treatment, food insecurity, behavioral health, and access to services for the aging. Past programs have also supported a research fellow and public health focused public-forums.