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November 21, 2012

Sue Ducat
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From Health Affairs


Profiles Of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Young Leader Awardees


Bethesda, MD -- Today Health Affairs releases, as Web First articles, profiles of ten outstanding young leaders, all winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Young Leaders Award, announced on the occasion of the Foundation's fortieth anniversary. The RWJF Young Leader Awards highlight the important contributions that people can make early in their career to improving health and health care for all Americans.

The ten awardees, all age forty or younger, have made exceptional contributions in a broad spectrum of activities that display their individual commitment to their communities and to the provision and delivery of health care. Each awardee's accomplishments demonstrate his or her unique skills and potential, ranging from building a network of urban community gardens and using community organizing tools to addressing public transportation issues to developing smartphone-based training modules for community health workers and addressing disparities in treatment of chronic kidney diseases.

Other areas in which the awardees are bringing about change include: patient-centered medical homes; data analytics and information exchange to improve care; basic social needs of less-fortunate patients, such as food and heat; and digital communications and social media to improve public cardiac care.

Profiles Of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Young Leader Awardees

The 10 winners are: Ruben Amarasingham, Ashley Atkinson, Scott Halpern, Naa Oyo Kwate, Raina Merchant, Rebecca Onie, Carmen Peralta, Doran Schrantz, Prabhjot Singh, and Somava Stout.

These individual profiles, also appearing in Health Affairs' December 2012 issue, were supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


At the October announcement of the awardees, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF President and CEO, said that "during the relatively short period that our foundation has been operational, these impressive men and women were born and raised and started doing amazing things that can potentially improve the health of all Americans. We're proud to acknowledge their early success, and inspired by the potential they have to improve US health and health care."

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