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Request for Nominations: 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, Presented by AIDS United

About AIDS United
AIDS United’s mission is to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. We fulfill our mission through strategic grantmaking, policy and advocacy, and capacity building assistance.

About the RWJF Award for Health Equity presented by AIDS United
The vision of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is to build a culture of health to ensure the achievement of health equity. The RWJF Award for Health Equity presented by AIDS United, is a six-year annual award program (through December 2022) supporting RWJF’s vision, that honors an individual or a two-person team, who have successfully implemented systems changes, and promoted and highlighted solutions at the community level that lead to health equity. The recipient of this annual award will receive a $3,000 prize and will be honored at the RWJF Annual Recognition Event in Princeton, New Jersey in December 2019.

Friday, August 9, 2019 is the deadline for the submission of nominations for the 2019 RWJF-AIDS United Award for Health Equity.

Eligibility Criteria
The RWJF-AIDS United Award for Health Equity recognizes individuals or teams of no more than two individuals, who have successfully implemented a systems-change approach to reduce health inequities within the past two years, in one or more of the following areas: 1) access to quality care; 2) education; 3) employment; 4) income; 5) community environment; 6) housing; and, 7) public safety.

The RWJF-AIDS United Award is open only to individuals and teams of no more than two individuals, who meet all of the following eligibility criteria: are (a) citizens or legal residents of the United States, (b) thirteen (13) years of age or older, (c) not a trustee, director, officer, shareholder, employee, contractor, agent, representative, or affiliate of RWJF, Sponsor, selection committee or the spouse/domestic partner, parent, sibling, child, or grandchild of any of the foregoing, (d) have not previously received any RWJF Award for Health Equity from any sponsor organization in any year. Each individual, each team, and each individual member of a team, is referred to as a “Nominee” in these Rules.

Selection Criteria
Eligible nomination applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Nominee’s work shows alignment with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision for building a Culture of Health and achieving health equity
  • Nominee’s work demonstrated success in changing systems that impact health outcomes in one or more of the following areas: social, racial or gender justice; access to quality care; education; employment; income; community environment; housing; and public safety
  • Nominee’s work provided a solution to improve outcomes for groups most affected by health disparities
  • Nominee successfully implemented a systems-change approach to reduce health disparities within the past two years
  • Nominee’s work addresses HIV-related inequities in their communities

Nomination Submission Process and Deadline
All nomination submissions must be submitted through our online form no later than Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.
Please provide your responses to all the items noted in the application document. Please also provide the nominee’s resume or CV, and any supplemental information supporting the work of the nominee. Submit a nomination form here.

Award Selection and Notification Process
The AIDS United Board of Trustees Executive Committee will review eligible applications and select the recommended nominee; whose information will be forwarded to RWJF to assure no duplication of award recipients. Award winners will be honored at the RWJF Annual Recognition Event in Princeton, NJ, in December 2019.

Important Dates/Deadlines
  • Nomination period opens Monday, June 17, 2019
  • Nomination period closes Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Nominees notified of decision By September 13, 2019
  • RWJF Annual Recognition Event December 2019

Official Rules
Download the official rules here.

Contact Us
Any additional questions related to the RWJF-AIDS United Award should be directed to Valerie Rochester, Vice President for Program Strategy, at, or 202-876-2849.

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