We are pleased to announce that three grassroots community health groups in New York City received 3rd Annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The prize, which was presented June 6th at Roosevelt House, is administered by Hunter College and is awarded to not-for-profit organizations and individuals for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.
The 2013 recipients were:
- Turning Point for Women and Families
- Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities
- Robert Cordero, Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction
Turning Point for Women and Families is a grassroots, community-based organization in Queens addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training.
Independence Care System’s (ICS) Breast Cancer Screening Project for Women with Physical Disabilities was launched in 2008 to address the health disparities found among low-income women with physical disabilities in New York City who have been largely excluded from this necessary screening procedure.
Robert Cordero has devoted much of his career to working with people impacted by HIV/AIDS and helping to prevent the spread of the disease. He is Executive Director of CitiWide Harm Reduction in the South Bronx, which works to improve the health, social and economic status of active drug users who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize is a component of the Joan H. Tisch Legacy Project, based at Hunter College and made possible with a five-year grant of over $1 million from her children Steve Tisch, Laurie M. Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. The other components are the Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellowship in Public Health and the Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum.