As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s commemorative activities to honor its 40 years of grant-making, the foundation has established the Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America. This program will recognize up to 10 individuals, 40 years of age and under, who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans. Each winner will receive an individual award of $40,000.
RWJF is accepting nominations from the public for the Young Leader Awards; Health Affairs Blog is pleased to help get the word out and encourages readers to nominate suitable candidates. July 16, 2012 is the final day that third-party nominations will be accepted. To view the Call for Nominations and complete information about selection criteria and nomination requirements, visit Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America. Award winners will be announced at an October 25/26, 2012, RWJF conference in Princeton, NJ.
The Young Leader Awards will recognize leaders who have demonstrated the characteristics needed to improve health and health care through leadership and innovation. The characteristics – a combination of personal attributes, commitment to health and health care, and successful experience – establish the individual’s ability to lead and innovate, and they signal the potential to become a greater leader in the coming years. These characteristics include:
- the ability to bring others together to achieve results greater than what a single person could bring about;
- the ability to apply learning beyond the boundaries of a single discipline;
- the ability to develop great ideas into products, services or policies that have made a difference in health and health care; and
- the ability to make an impact on health and health care that extends beyond an initial group of people to reach additional populations, and that will likely be sustainable over the decades ahead.
A prestigious panel of experts from diverse fields of innovation will select the candidates to recommend to RWJF for awards.