The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) established the Community Health Leaders program (CHL) in 1991 to recognize individuals who overcome daunting obstacles to improve health and health care in their communities. Since 1993 the CHL Award has been presented to 187 individuals. Currently they reside in 45 states and Puerto Rico.
The mission of CHL is to support and sustain the capacity of individuals who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and commitment to improving health outcomes at the community level.
The goals for CHL include: Increasing the visibility and exposure of the leaders and their work to the nation; Enhancing and enriching leadership skills for the leaders; Increasing opportunities for the leaders to establish new relationships and expand their influence to improve health outcomes in communities.