Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is a $10,000 award presented each year to an individual and a nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishment in the field of urban public health.

Tisch Prize Winners: Jane Eng, CEO of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (’15) and Ann-Marie Louison (’15) with former NYC Commissioner of Public Health Tom Farley.

About the Nominating Process:

The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize 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 upon 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.

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Prize Recipients:

  • 2015 – Ann-Marie Louison and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

    Ann-Marie Louison is Co-Director of Adult Behavioral Health at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), is a NYC leader working at the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice. She is credited with identifying a serious problem—the overuse and ineffectiveness of incarceration and repeated hospital use of individuals with serious behavioral health needs—and developing an array of effective interventions that address both public health and public safety… read more

    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) works to eliminate disparities, improve health status, and expand access to care with a focus on Asian Americans. It is an advocate and leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, affordable care and health education to its medically underserved population… read more

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  • 2014 – Sandra Hagan & Callen-Lorde Community Health Center


    Sandra Hagan former Executive Director of The Child Center of NY (1986-2014) and now Senior Advisor, has dedicated her career to improving the social-emotional health and life trajectories of at-risk children and youth. The Child Center supports children struggling with poverty, emotional problems, school failure and other issues that stand in the way of their achievement. It provides individual and family mental health counseling, early childhood education, child abuse prevention and youth development… read more

    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center is a NYC leader in providing dignified, quality medical care and health education to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, regardless of ability to pay. By focusing services on an underserved group that may face discrimination in traditional healthcare settings, Callen-Lorde has been a pioneer in reducing health disparities and improving access to care for tens of thousands of LGBT New Yorkers…. read more

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  • 2013 – Turning Point for Women and Families, Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities, Robert Cordero


    Turning Point for Women and Families is an innovative grassroots organization addressing the needs of a vulnerable and underserved population—Muslim women and children—especially in the area of domestic violence. Turning Point’s culturally sensitive services include crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training. It was the first and remains the only nonprofit in NYC working against domestic violence and for the empowerment of women and girls in New York’s Muslim community… read more

    Independence Care System’s  (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities is a novel program that addresses the health disparities found among low-income women with disabilities who have been largely excluded from breast cancer screening procedures… read more

    Robert Cordero, Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction in the South Bronx, has devoted much of his career to lessening the impact of the AIDS crisis.  CitiWide’s mission is to improve the health and social status of active drug users who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It serves 2900 people annually in an area with among the highest rates of poverty, injection-drug use, HIV and Hepatitis C in NYC. CitiWide helps to keep everyone safer by curbing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other diseases through needle exchange, testing and other health and social services… read more

  • 2012 – LegalHealth and Mark Hannay (Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign)

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    LegalHealth is an innovative program uniting legal and health care professionals who work collaboratively to improve the lives of low-income people with serious health problems. LegalHealth helps reduce health disparities and improve quality of life by addressing the legal needs associated with poverty that undermine recovery, eliminating legal barriers to services, and educating health care professionals to identify their patients’ legal needs… read more

    Mark HannayWhen Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign was formalized in 1995, Mark Hannay became its first Director. He has built this organization into a vibrant coalition of community, labor, professional and faith-based groups, fighting for fundamental reform leading to universal health care. Mark also educates thousands of New Yorkers on key health issues of the day through a radio interview program and cable TV show… read more

  • 2011 – The Union Settlement Association and Dr. Melony Samuels (Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger)


    The Union Settlement AssociationThe reach and broad impact of Union Settlement Association in addressing the health and social service needs of a vulnerable East Harlem population made it an exemplary inaugural recipient of the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.  In the words of Union Settlement’s nominator, Dr. Sebastian Bonner, “With its range of programs from childcare and Head Start to senior services, from after-school programs to mental health services, and through its leadership in improving services for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS—Union Settlement is a lifeline to one of the city’s poorest communities… read more

    Dr. Melony Samuels is Founder and Executive Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.  She is known for her grassroots efforts to address hunger, poverty, and health in the Brooklyn communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill and Brownsville, an area that constitutes a “food desert” where access to healthy and nutritious food is limited. As a result, many residents suffer from obesity and related chronic diseases… read more

    Read the press release.