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Nominate a Healthcare Prodigy for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leaders Award

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s commemorative activities to honor its 40 years of grant making, it established the Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America. This Awards program recognizes 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.

Third-party nominations will be accepted until July 16, 2012. To view the Call for Nominations and complete information about selection criteria and nomination requirements, visit Award winners will be announced October 25–26, 2012, at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Conference in Princeton, N.J.

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—demonstrate the nominee’s ability to lead and innovate, and they signal the potential to become a greater leader in the coming years.

Some of the characteristics a nominee will have demonstrated include: 

  • The ability to bring others together to achieve results greater than what a single person attain;

  • The capacity to apply learning beyond the boundaries of a single discipline;

  • The development of great ideas into products, services or policies that have made a difference in the health and health care; and

  • The ability to make an impact on health and health care that extends beyond an initial group or people to reach additional populations and will likely be sustainable over the decades ahead.

For the complete list of young leader characteristics sought, please visit