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Recognizing Community Health Leaders in the Gulf Coast Region

5/17/2006:   The Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) is distributing five Community Health Leadership Awards of $120,000 each to honor individuals who demonstrated leadership in responding to the challenges of the Gulf Coast disaster in 2005.

CHLP is seeking individuals who, in addition to their ongoing commitment to creating healthier communities, have exhibited the leadership necessary to overcome complex obstacles and find creative ways to bring health services to those affected by the disaster. Nominations are being accepted from all significantly affected areas, including communities that have offered shelter and support to people displaced from the Gulf Region.

Candidates should be working at the grassroots level, have received no significant national recognition, and be in "mid-career," with no less than 5 and no more than 15 years of community health experience. Particular significance will be given to activities that have taken place since September 2005.

Announcement of the award will coincide with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees visit to New Orleans, September 27-29, 2006. Consumers, community leaders, health professionals and government officials who have been personally inspired by the nominee can make nominations by visiting CHLP online or by contacting the Program Office at 617/426-9772.

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2006.

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