Posted on March 23, 2018 · Posted in Roosevelt House, Tisch Legacy Project News

New York, NY, March 23, 2018Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced the call for nominations for the eighth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, the award created to recognize one individual and one nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishments in the field of urban public health. The deadline for nominations is April 5, 2018.

All nominees’ 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.

Successful candidates will have pioneered creative approaches to tackle significant public health challenges and made valuable contributions to the health of New Yorkers. They will join a respected group of former recipients selected based on achievement, innovation and impact.

Past winners include Melony Samuels, Founder and Executive Director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, who was the inaugural 2011 individual recipient, and 2017 recipients Diane Arneth, Executive Director of the Community Health Action of Staten Island, and the Mary Mitchell Family & Youth Center.

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.

Eligibility criteria and nomination requirements are outlined here (Nomination Guidelines and Nomination Form). Re-nominations will be accepted. The application, as well as additional information can be found

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 2018. For further information about The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize, please visit the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project.


About Hunter College:
Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country and famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself. Most Hunter students are the first in their families to attend college and many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other competitive honors. More than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study.  The 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter’s faculty are unparalleled. They receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world’s leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, expanding our culture, enhancing technology, and more.