RWJF Award for Health Equity: Nominations Open

Members | April 07, 2021

June 18 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by LeadingAge.

LeadingAge and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Award for Health Equity. The Award for Health Equity recognizes an individual or a team of two individuals who have successfully implemented efforts to help advance health equity for populations of vulnerable older adults.

Nominees should demonstrate that they have sought ways to increase access to services, supports, and opportunities that enable vulnerable elders to lead healthy lives.

The deadline to submit a nomination is midnight on Friday, June 18.


Vulnerable older adults might include older people living in poverty, older people of color, or older people who do not speak English as their first language, face discrimination, have low health literacy, or are socially isolated, among others.

Health equity means everyone has the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. To learn more about why health equity matters and ways in which organizations and communities can help advance equity, visit the RWJF website.

Rewards for Successful Nominees

The Award for Health Equity comes with:

  • A $3,000 prize (shared equally if winner is a two-person team).
  • Complimentary registration and travel for the 2021 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO in Atlanta.
  • Participation in a recognition event hosted either at RWJF headquarters in Princeton, NJ, or virtually, depending on health guidance.

Who is Eligible for this Award?

The RWJF Award for Health Equity is open to individuals, or teams of two individuals, whose organizations are LeadingAge members. In addition, the work of successful nominees will:

  • Show alignment with RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health and achieving health equity.
  • Demonstrate success in changing systems that impact health outcomes in one or more of the following areas:
    • Access to quality care.
    • Education.
    • Employment.
    • Income.
    • Community environment.
    • Housing.
    • Public safety.
  • Provide opportunities for older adults to be as healthy as possible and advance health equity.
  • Reflect the nominee’s successful implementation of a systems-change approach to help advance health equity within the past two years.

Before You Submit A Nomination

Before submitting a nomination, please review:

How to Submit a Nomination

To submit a nomination, visit the LeadingAge awards page and click the links after “RWJF Award for Health Equity presented by LeadingAge” under “Criteria and Nominations Forms.”

If you have any questions about the award, reach out to Alisha Sanders at