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Hunter College public-health awards nominations are open

BY D.B. MATTINGLY | It’s a shout-out — and payout — for do-gooders!

The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College is seeking nominations for the 2023 Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prizes — $10,000 awards created to honor an individual and a nonprofit organization in the New York metropolitan area for outstanding accomplishments in the field of urban public health.

The deadline for nominations is April 1.

Any person or organization that has tasked itself with improving urban public health is up for the award. In the past, awardees have worked to solve health issues such as reducing health disparities; fighting chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, and malnutrition; battling chronic disease; and improving environmental health.

This year, special consideration will be given to heroic accomplishments in pandemic-related health efforts between 2020 and 2022.

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, the founder and executive director of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, who was the inaugural 2011 individual recipient, and 2018 recipients Claudia Aristy, director of Children of Bellevue’s Reach Out and Read (ROR) Program and the Health Education and Literacy for Parents (HELP) Project at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue, and the Service Program for Older People, Inc. (SPOP).

Made possible with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the award is named to honor the late New York City philanthropist Joan H. Tisch and her humanitarian activism in healthcare and social services.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award. When presented to an individual, $5,000 is payable to the initiative for which the person is being honored or to the affiliated organization, and $5,000 goes to personal development.

Eligibility criteria and nomination requirements are outlined in the nomination guidelines. The nomination form, as well as additional information, can be found here. Re-nominations will be accepted.

A jury consisting of Hunter College faculty, health experts and policy specialists will select the two prize recipients, and an award presentation will be held this June.

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