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 206 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:
The Community Health Leaders Award features:
The National Program Office announces a Call for Nominations each year. The Call for Nominations lists specific criteria and qualifications and describes the selection process, including deadlines for letters of intent, and guidelines for the actual nomination.
General criteria include:
Nominations for CHL can be made by health care consumers, community leaders, government employees, health care providers, and others.
CHL is guided by a National Advisory Committee of past recipients and national leaders with extensive experience in a wide variety of health care responsibilities
The CHL National Program Office Staff is located at the Harris Foundation in Houston, TX, providing support to the leaders and the NAC, and providing opportunities for increased communication across the spectrum of RWJF programs.
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