Program: Special Initiatives
Area of Work: Health
Grant Purpose: Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize
Established in 2009, Hunter College’s Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize recognizes and honors the deep personal commitment and hands-on contributions that Joan H. Tisch made to public health during her lifetime. The yearly award honors a not-for-profit organization and an individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.
Purpose: To support the annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.
Centered at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, the Joan H. Community Health Prize offers $10,000 annually through a competitive nomination and jury review process. Awardees have included people and groups addressing health inequities in medical treatment, food insecurity, behavioral health, and access to services for the immigrant community and the aging.
The Tisch Prize has become an increasingly sought-after honor, known throughout New York City as the award for leaders of grassroots public health organizations. The Prize validates and empowers these unsung heroes and their vitally important organizations, leading to increased recognition and influence. As all former awardees are invited to Prize events, some have established relationships that have led to fruitful collaborations in their public health areas. The Prize has also been impactful at Hunter College, where many awardees have become mentors to students, inspiring them to consider careers in public health.