LOS ANGELES (Nov. 4, 2015) — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) — the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care—has awarded the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity.
The RWJF Awards for Health Equity is supporting a total of 10 national membership organizations in finding and honoring individuals who are successfully using systems changes to address health disparities within their communities. RWJF believes that it is critical to improve systems that influence the determinants of health —such as public safety, employment, housing, education—in order to improve lives and reduce health disparities.
During this seven-year program, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health will independently solicit and evaluate nominations from their membership and select a winner for the award. Winners will be announced at the 2016 APIC Awards Ceremony during the 144th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition as well as at an annual recognition and learning event at RWJF that will highlight the work of all 10 winners. The organizations that have been selected to administer the awards program span several sectors including public health, health care, business, media, social justice, civic leadership, faith-based, education, community development, or philanthropy.
“As a nation, we will not be able to achieve a Culture of Health without ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to live in healthy environments, make healthy choices and receive quality health care” said Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, program officer of the RWJF Awards for Health Equity. “By celebrating those who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health, we hope to heighten awareness of the promising potential that systems changes have to eliminate health disparities in our society”.
The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health is the vision and voice for Asian & Pacific Islander public health and health equity. We are proud to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to celebrate and recognize Health Equity champions whose work will continue to transform the Culture of Health throughout the United States, the territories, and the diaspora, in affiliation with the American Public Health Association,” said Elena Ong, President & CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health.
The Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC) is the Vision & Voice for Asian & Pacific Islander Public Health and Health Equity. Our mission is to advance the health and health equity of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, associated jurisdictions, and the diaspora, in affiliation with the American Public Health Association. For more information, visit www.apicaucus.org.